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CFP: Deviate! The Second International Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media Conference

This is a call for paper that will probably interest a few among you. As with many call for papers, it’s intentionally vague to allow for anyone to apply. However, whereas others might be vague within a very specific field, this conference is built around the theme of “deviation”.  I think that because of the way our field functions, we are constantly asked to look for something new, which means that all our research subjects should be technically be a deviation of sorts. Again, as with all conferences, I’m convinced that you should be able to find an angle from which your research can fit into this theme.

I strongly encourage any and everyone to apply to this conference.


Deviate! The Second International Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media Conference

University College Cork, 4-6 September 2014

Distinguished Keynote Speakers:

Professor Laura Mulvey (Birkbeck, University of London)

Professor Maria Pramaggiore (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible” – Frank Zappa

Deviation—whether from the norm, the accepted, the anticipated or the prescribed—has always been a core element in advancing methods of production, distribution and exhibition, and shaping storytelling, characterisation, and, indeed, contemporary spectatorship within cinema, television and screen media. The fundamental role that deviation plays in these media can also be markedly evident in relation to aesthetics and the construction of texts, through diegesis, cinematography, sound design and representation.

Deviate! The Second International Alphaville Conference aims to interrogate the centrality of deviation in its myriad forms to cinema, television and screen media, thereby establishing under this inclusive framework a dynamic and productive exchange between scholars, practitioners and postgraduate students.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

▪ Rebellion on- and off-screen (Directors, Stars, Characters)

▪ The Innovator (Practitioners, Producers)

▪ The Outsider

▪ Deviation in Adaptation (Deviation from sources)

▪ Deviation in Genre/Form

▪ The Role of Film/Screen Media in Defining Deviance

▪ Liminal Characters/Spaces

▪ Abject Spaces/Languages

▪ Digressions/Alterations/Aberration

▪ Remakes and Discrepancies

▪ Style as Deviation

▪ Avant-garde and Deviation

▪ Counter Cinema and Difference

▪ Theory and Deviation

▪ Nonmainstream, Nonconformist, Nonaligned

▪ New Departures in Production/Funding/Distribution/Exhibition

Abstracts of 250-350 words and a short biographical note should be sent to<>. Pre-formed panels (of 3 or 4 people) will also be considered. Panel proposals should be sent in the same format as paper proposals, in addition to a 100-word thematic synopsis of the panel. The deadline for all abstract submissions is 16 May 2014. Papers should be 20 minutes in duration.

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