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14th Annual SFSU Film Conference Call for Papers

CINEMA IN CRISIS at San Francisco State University

October 17-19, 2012

Crisis: a vitally important or decisive stage in the progress of anything; a turning-point; also, a state of affairs in which a decisive change for better or worse is imminent; now applied esp. to times of difficulty, insecurity, and suspense in politics or commerce [OED Online].

We have continually reached this critical turning point, politically, economically and culturally in both public and private spheres. The aim of this conference is to explore the ways that Film acts as a guide and a mirror, leading us through these impasses and turning points of a world in crisis all while providing insightful reflections of these historical chronotopic landmark shifts. Moreover, we want to question as to what extent Cinema itself is in crisis with the progressive digitization of the medium and the consolidation of Internet as a distribution platform of the future. We are therefore looking for papers that address the multiple relationships between Cinema and Crisis, welcoming creative approaches across a wide range of academic fields of study.

Topics could include:

  • Representation of Crisis
  • Crisis of Narrative
  • Ethics and Economy
  • Crisis of Capitalism
  • Digital Technology
  • Industry Studies
  • Philosophy of Crisis
  • Gender Representations
  • Race and Ethnicity Studies
  • Cross Cultural Cinema
  • Crises in Film History

CSGSA is now accepting proposals for papers from faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and independent scholars. Papers on any related subject will be considered. Abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted by Friday, June 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm PDT.

Abstracts should be submitted to the CSGSA via email attachment (i.e. Word doc) at; abstracts must include the following information:

  • author(s)
  • affiliation
  • email address
  • title of abstract
  • body of abstract
  • up to ten keywords