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Neoliberalism and Global Cinema

Call for essays: Neoliberalism and Global Cinema

In the wake of the credit crisis, and subsequent Wall Street bailout in 2008, many consider neoliberalism an outmoded project, with even neoconservatives acknowledging the need for the nation state to play an increasingly interventionist role. However, why then, is it reasonable to say that theorizations of neoliberalism as a “historically produced dialogue and encounter between cultures” (Rofel, 2007) is yet to be an exhausted theme? We aim to move beyond the tendency to totalize neoliberalism as a monolithic template, because it has shown such a “pure” form of capitalism, it becomes especially valuable in understanding the culture and subjectivities capital produces. Particularly when neoliberalism is becoming less popular as an explanatory term for conservatives it is still important to use it as a lens to understand capitalism and its human consequences. Thus we wish to interpret how different subjects and subjectivities were formed and how neoliberalism re-imagined itself through different social and cultural compositions across the globe. Looking back over the last 30 years it seems clear that cinematic representations of a global variety can help to measure such compositions, and that cinema is a crucial medium in conceptualizing neoliberalism’s dubious legacy. Therefore many of the repercussions and immiserations that neoliberalism has caused is still ripe for analysis.

We seek essays for this anthology that address how not only national but diasporic cinemas that contest or comply with such mediated perspectives of culture through neoliberalism—what we might call anti-neoliberal or pro-neoliberal cinemas. Authors should consider how cinema can help to not only understand particular political economic challenges under neoliberalism, but how understanding these challenges can in turn articulate neoliberalism’s contradictory effects on culture. This approach, along with changes in national film industries and global markets, and other related ideas are welcomed How concepts of the nation state, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity were transformed are welcome.

We are interested in gathering work from the following geographical areas: India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Sudan, Senegal, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Algeria, Israel, Palestine, Turkey, Egypt, Hong Kong, China, Spain, Italy, Chile, Sweden, Denmark, and the US and UK and comparative perspectives.

Dates and Submissions Policy:
All submissions should not exceed 8,000 words and will be independently peer reviewed. All essays should be sent for consideration to ( ). This anthology has early interest from a publisher and therefore the deadline for submissions is 25th August 2009.


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