Call for Submission
- Close-Up: Postcolonial Filmmaking in French-speaking Countries (Fall 2014)
- General Call for Submissions
- Submission Guidelines
Postcolonial Filmmaking in French-speaking Countries
Black Camera invites submissions for a Close-Up devoted to a critical assessment of Postcolonial Filmmaking in French-speaking Countries to be published Fall 2014.
We seek essays on films by African filmmakers that challenge “absolute otherness” in postcoloniality. Consider, for example, films by Ousmane Sembène, Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Merzak Allouache, Moufida Tlati, Joseph Gaï Ramaka, Jean-Marie Teno, Sylvestre Amoussou, Mahmoud Zemmouri, and Nadia El Fani.
We also encourage submissions that address aspects of the postcolonial experience in France by first- and second-generation filmmakers such as Rachid Bouchareb, Karim Dridi, Abdellatif Kechiche, Mehdi Charef, Yamina Benguigui, Bourlem Guerdjou, Roschdy Zem, et al. Thematic concerns, from the role of public school education in the integration of children of North African descent in French society (Games of Love and Chance, Kechiche) to memory of the Algerian independence war (Cartouches gauloises, Charef) articulate an experience which has yet to be inscribed in the national discourse, and that interrogate the émigré experience through the prisms of ethnicity, class, gender, religion, and diasporic affiliations. Essays that interrogate the ideological discourses of these films through narrative and aesthetic strategies are especially welcomed.
Consider, too, how postcolonial films foreground awareness of diasporic consciousness as more than exile and homeland. For example, films such as Little Senegal (Bouchareb) evoke an experience shared across the Atlantic with African Americans.
Topics may include but are not limited to individual and comparative analyses of diasporic and "exilic" films; their production, exhibition, distribution, and reception; interviews with directors of such films; language of postcolonial cinema; the representation of émigré women of African descent; transcending national and regional divides; cityscapes; memory and diasporic identities; African queer diasporas; transnationality, metropolitanisms and diasporic cosmopolitanisms.
Essays, book and film reviews, interviews, and commentaries are welcomed. Essays should be 6,000–10,000 words. Interviews (6,000 words), commentaries (1,000–2,000 words), and book and film reviews (500–1,500 words) should also pertain to the theme of the Close-Up. Please submit completed essays, a 150 word abstract, and a 50-100 word biography by December 1, 2013. Submissions should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Please see journal guidelines for more on submission policy: http://www.indiana.edu/~blackcam/call/#guidelines
Direct all questions and correspondence to guest editor Delphine Letort (firstname.lastname@example.org)
General Call for Submissions
In conjunction with Indiana University Press, the Black Film Center/Archive (BFC/A) at Indiana University, Bloomington, is pleased to announce the publication of Black Camera, an academic and peer-reviewed international journal.
Devoted to the study and documentation of the black cinematic experience, Black Camera will be published biannually and is the only scholarly film journal of its kind in the United States.
It will feature essays and interviews that engage film in social as well as political contexts and in relation to historical and economic forces that bear on the reception, distribution, and production of film in local, regional, national, and transnational settings and environments.
The journal also comprises research and archival notes, editorials, reports, and book and film reviews and addresses a wide range of genres—-including documentary, experimental film and video, diasporic cinema, animation, musicals, comedy, and so on.
The Editor invites submissions by prospective contributors relevant to the following areas:
- Reconsideration of key black “classic” films
- Black (and other related postcolonial and Third World) programmatic film statements and manifestos
- Black sexuality in film
- Black filmmaking and cinematic formations in Europe
- Archival film documents
- Slavery and anticolonial struggles in the historical film
- Lusophone and Francophone African cinemas
- Sub-Saharan African cinema
- Cinemas of the Maghreb
- Black Hollywood
- Black animation
- Women filmmakers of the African diaspora
- Caribbean cinemas
- Reception studies
- Film directors, screenwriters, actors
The Editor gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, the Department of Communication and Culture, and the College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Please direct questions and submissions to:
c/o Black Film Center/Archive
Wells Library, Room 044
1320 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
- Feature articles, essays, and interviews can be 8,000-10,000 words.
- Commentaries can be 1,000-2,000 words.
- Book and film reviews can be 500-1,500 words (exceptions will be considered for review essays).
- Notes can be up to 500 words.
- All submissions should be double spaced, use Times New Roman font with 12-point font size, and have numbered pages.
- Authors must provide any illustrations and captions and are responsible for obtaining all permissions required to publish an illustration. Illustrations should be submitted as EPS or TIFF files.
- Submissions can be submitted either electronically by email attachment or by hard copy on a CD or flash drive. Work should be saved as a Microsoft Word document. Please complete and include the Black Camera Contributor form with any submission.
- An endnote citation format is required for scholarly essays. Contributors should use the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.
- An abstract of 150-250 words must be included.
- Please include brief biographical, affiliation, and contact information.
- Regrettably, we can not respond to, guarantee publication of, or return unsolicited manuscripts.
- We reserve the right to make editorial and stylistic changes.
- If a submission is selected for publication, a signed Memorandum of Agreement will be sent and must be signed before publication.