Amazigh Cinema at Large: Challenges and Hopes

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
May 30, 2018
Location: 
Spain
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Film and Film History, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Open Panel for the Fifth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES-

Seville, Spain, 16-17 July 2018

wocmes@tresculturas.org

Panel Title: 

Amazigh Cinema at Large: Challenges and Hopes

Panel Organizer:

Habiba Boumlik, Associate Professor, City University of New York, Hboumlik@lagcc.cuny.edu

Panel Members: 

Habiba Boumlik, Associate Professor, City University of New York, Hboumlik@lagcc.cuny.edu

Lucy McNair, Associate Professor, City University of New York, lmcnair@lagcc.cuny.edu

Yahya Laayouni, Associate Professor, Bloomsburg University, ylaayoun@bloomu.edu

Soubeika Bahri, Ph.D Candidate, CUNY Graduate Center, wafafedy32@gmail.com

Proposal

Amazigh/Berber identity is made of a diverse cultural and linguistic heritage covering area from the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean to Siwa Oasis in Egypt, and encompassing sub-Saharan Africa and the vast European and American diasporas. Transnational in nature, yet profoundly marked by local and national boundaries, languages, and histories, Amazigh narratives in film present a compelling, contemporary approach to the human condition that the poet Nabil Fares deftly describes as “the universal –or the local without the walls.”

This panel seeks to engage a discussion of cultural production across the Amazigh space and encourage a diversity of perspectives and theoretical lenses. The aim of the panel is also to analyze Amazigh transnational identities as they are reflected in film, and to develop an overview of Amazigh cinema by identifying the elements that constitute an Amazigh film.

The panel seeks participants who wish to examine:

  • The essence of the Amazigh film
  • National and international Amazigh festivals
  • Formal and informal networks of distribution
  • Diasporic filmmakers and audiences
  • Promoting (trans)national cinema

The deadline for the submission of paper abstracts to the panel organizer: May 30, 2018
Habiba Boumlik, Associate Professor, City University of New York, Hboumlik@lagcc.cuny.edu

 

 

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