Black Film British Cinema Conference 2017

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The Politics of Race in Contemporary Film and Digital Practice, 18-19 May 2017. Goldsmiths, University of London (Day One) and Institute of Contemporary Arts (Day Two)

Whether we consider the rise of the concept of diversity, the on-screen representation of identities, the off-screen workforce, the production trends of film institutions, new forms of independent production opened up by new media, or film education & talent development, questions of race & ethnicity remain central to contemporary British film. This conference will mark nearly 30 years since the original Black Film, British Cinema conference at the ICA & its subsequent publication, which has been a huge influence on scholars exploring race, culture & the politics of representation. Some of its core thinking by Kobena Mercer, Stuart Hall, Paul Gilroy & others remains an excellent point to consider what has, and has not, become of black & Asian film & TV production in the UK

The aim of this two-day conference is to consider the politics of race in contemporary British cinema & visual practice & reflect on almost 30 years of black film production vis-a-vis the institutional, technological, textual, cultural & political shifts that have occurred during this period. We invite scholars, early career researchers, postgraduate students & practitioners working at the intersection of film, TV, Moving Image, Media & Communication studies, Sociology, Politics & Cultural Studies. We would encourage contributors to reflect on themes, challenges & questions central to race & British film in terms of governance, production, representation, exhibition and spectatorship. These include but are not limited to:

The politics of representation in contemporary film & digital practice

The representation/politics of race in new digital platforms

Understandings of ‘Black film’ in the context of recent social, political & cultural change

The politics of gender & sexuality and intersectional approaches to black and Asian film & visual practice

The cultural, geographical & political contexts of black & Asian film production

Methodologies for understanding contemporary film, representation & access.

The relevance & cohesiveness of ‘black’ as an ethnic category in film production, policy & criticism

Higher Education, film studies & race, & approaches to Black film pedagogy

Professor Sarita Malik, Brunel University, Dr Kara Keeling, University of Southern California, June Givanni, Pan African Cinema Archives, Chi Onwurah MP, Ruth Caleb OBE, Former Head of BBC Drama Group/Film and TV Producer, Gill Henderson, Former Chief Executive of London Film & Video Development Agency, Matimba Kabalika, BFI

Abstract Deadlines & Submission: 10th February 2017

Please submit proposals for 15 minute papers to
The submission should include the following: title & name, institutional affiliation & address, & email address, together with a paper title & abstract of not more than 300 words.

Conference Organisers: Dr Anamik Saha (Goldsmiths), Dr Clive James Nwonka (University of Greenwich)