domenica 16 giugno 2013

CFP NEMLA 2014 - Anti-Semitism on Film

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) April 3-6, 2014 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, hosted by Susquehanna University

CFP: Anti-Semitism on Film

Even before the release of Harlan’s notorious Anti-Semitic “historical” 1940 film ‘Jud Süß’ (which was reviewed favorably by Michelangelo Antonioni in Italy), many of the images of Jewish life, culture, and traditions put forth by the film industry contributed to the fabrication of a false, misleading, and prejudiced portrait of the Jewish community in all the countries of the Diaspora. Although dozens (if not hundreds) of films have documented the brutality of the Holocaust during the last 70 years, these works have also not been exempt from criticism and controversy on an international scale, nor do they all paint an equally (or entirely) realistic picture of the Shoah. This panel seeks to look beyond the limitations imposed by national and linguistic borders by focusing on the examination of any works of cinema that are either motivated by a desire to spread Anti-Semitic sentiments among their viewers, or those that, on the other hand, look upon Jewish characters favorably while addressing the impact and the effects of Anti-Semitism on the Jewish community. Papers addressing cinematic reflections of Anti-Semitism outside the context of World War II are especially welcome. 

All papers delivered in the course of this session must be authored in English. Quotes in other languages should be translated for the audience, and presenters should make every effort to use film clips with English subtitles if they are available.

Send a 250 word abstract, along with a description of any technological (A/V) needs to:

Philip Balma –

Giovanni Spani –

Deadline: September 30, 2013
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

The NeMLA conference website is here.
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

Philip Balma, PhD
Assistant Professor of Italian Literary and Cultural Studies Affiliated Faculty, Hebrew and Judaic Studies Italian Language Coordinator ECE Italian Faculty Coordinator Department of Literatures, Cultures, & Languages University of Connecticut