Political Imaginaries of Small Cinemas and Cultures
September 11-12, 2020
Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

In a world of mainly undisputed capitalism, growing populism, increased global mobility, migration catastrophes, and minority activism, new forms of political experience and imaginaries are emerging. For this reason, film and cultural studies need to reconsider the range and impact of the political and social forces that drive, within global frameworks, the construction and circulation of cultural products. Charles Taylor describes the social imaginary as a way to convey both the subjective realm of social existence and the collective strata of common practices and of perpetually evolving political institutions. The notion of the imaginary has emerged across diverse fields in the humanities and social sciences, as well as in other disciplines. However, film studies have not convincingly addressed the way in which small cinemas have attempted in the last decades to translate cultural, economic, social complexities on screen. The question is how images of the social, political, ideological were reshaped in the (post)neoliberal age and what effects they have on the cultural production of small nations.

For this reason, the conference welcomes papers which investigate political imaginaries in small cinemas and cultures, including – but not limited to – the following areas:

● Perceptions and genealogies of democracy
● Representations of global capitalism and local crises
● Re-enactments of nationalism
● Left and right populisms
● Identity reconfiguration across gender and race
● The devaluation of labour and post-socialist economic hierarchies
● Perspectives on precarity, poverty, and social inequalities
● Eco-activism, and challenging big capital-driven climate change
● Political subjectivities in globalized capitalism
● Political ideologies of aesthetic forms
● Colonial, postcolonial, anticolonial, and self-colonial imaginaries
● Neoliberal structures in film and cultural markets
● Small culture imaginaries and big markets

Please send your proposal – title, abstract (up to 300 words) and short bio – to smallcinemas.bbu@gmail.com by the deadline of May 15, 2020. Confirmation of acceptance will be issued by June 10, 2020.

For other inquiries please contact Professor Claudiu Turcuș claudiu.turcus@ubbcluj.ro / claudiuturcus@gmail.com.

Conference fees, online payment – Faculty: 50 €; PhD or Independent Scholars: 30 €. (suspended)

See conference programme here.