[FoME] CFP: Cinema in Iran, Berlin December 16-18

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Call for Papers:

Cinema in Iran: Circulation, Censorship and Cultural Production

Berlin, Germany
December 16-18, 2011

Hosted by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of
Pennsylvania, with the Free University of Berlin, Institute for Film
Studies, and George Washington University

Iran is undergoing a period of socio-political transformation joined to
a cultural space that despite binding censorship regulations,
circumnavigates restrictive bans and, in the world of film, generates
award winning, critically acclaimed masterpieces.

In the course of this two and a half day workshop, participants will
investigate Iranian cinema as part of Irans rich media and cultural

Among the areas to be explored and discussed:

·       The contemporary political and industrial context in which
films are produced, distributed, and consumed in Iran and the ways in
which formal and informal censorship structures and practices impact the
·       Public debate surrounding film in Iran;
·       Cinematic circulation and flows among and between the Iranian
diaspora and Iranians in Iran;
·       The role of Iranian cinema as public diplomacy;
·       The political economy of film in Iran, including piracy and
do-it-yourself (DIY) cinematic production such as YouTube;
·       Conceptions and productions of audiences;
·       Film as both a formal and informal information conduit in
closed or censored societies;
·       The position of Iranian filmmakers in relation to the
socio-political convergences in their country and internationally;
·       The role of cinema vis a vis television: subject migration,
professional migration, content regulation;
·       How post-revolutionary Iranian films understand transitions and
transformation in relation to other cultural productions in the

This event is sponsored by the Iran Media Program at the Annenberg
School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
(www.iranmediaresearch.org/en). The Iran Media Program is a
collaborative network designed to enhance the understanding of Iran's
media ecology. Our goal is to strengthen a global network of Iranian
media scholars and practitioners (the Iran Media Scholars Network) and
to contribute to Iran's civil society and the wider policy-making
community by providing a more nuanced understanding of the role of media
and the flow of information in Iran.

Paper presenters travel related costs and accommodation will be
provided.  Following the workshop, participants will be required to
complete a publishable paper by a set deadline for an edited volume.

Please submit an abstract of 2-3 pages and CV to
irancinema at asc.upenn.edu by August 31, 2011.

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