Call for Presentations

2nd Global Conference

Due to unforeseen circumstances this years event is no longer being held.


Innocen(ts)ce Abroad: Cinematic Depictions of the Ongoing Ramifications of American Foreign Policy

With films such as Argo and Zero Dark Thirty winning awards and critical acclaim it would seem atimely to look at Hollywood’s positioning in relation to American Foreign Policy as product, producer and disseminator of political ideologies. Hollywood abounds in cinematic representations in direct and metaphoric depictions of American Foreign Policy and its impact both at home in the US and abroad. Whilst the most obvious of these come under the heading of War films and are largely configured as nationalist rallying cries (see Casablanca, Braveheart, Avengers) many others reveal an inherent ambivalence, not just in the effects such conflicts have on those involved but also its impact on those who are forced to stay at home (See Apocalypse Now, Hurt Locker, Brothers). Related to this¬† are the many espionage films, revealing the unseen work of the intelligence agencies that protect national interests around the world, (see The Third Man, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, A Good Day to Die Hard) and root our double agents at home (see Body Snatchers, The Manchurian Candidate, Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy, Homeland. Equally whilst some films/series construct a fear of the foreign other, i.e. Non-American, they also show in increasing distrust of those assigned with the job of protecting the nations, as seen in the recent high profiles leaks by Edward Snowden, (see the Bourne series, the Mission Impossible series and even the Twilight Saga) and the methods they employ in the ongoing War on Terror and enhanced interrogation (see Hostel, Rendition, Vampire Diaries).

As a special topic stream within the Hollywood and the World conference we are calling for presentations, performances, papers, reports and panels on the above and any of the following:

  • Representations of current, past, future conflicts
  • Stereotyping of the foreign other in Hollywood films, whether configured as European, African, Asian or “alien”
  • Homeland security and the alien other at home (possibly related to the rise in the role of supernatural beings in film)
  • Slacker films, such as The Hangover as representations of a return to 60’s liberalism and un-American behaviour
  • The rise of the superhero film and American masculinity
  • Meaning of the return of the Action Hero and “Old soldier” movies by Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis.
  • Hollywood itself as an active part of American foreign policy, as seen in Argo

Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 2nd August 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 4th October 2013.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts or presentation proposals should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs by Friday 2nd August 2013 abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract.
E-mails should be entitled: HW2 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs

Victoria Amador: vamador@nullaus.edu
Rob Fisher
: hw2@nullinter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Diversity and Recognition programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

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