Special Issue of The Global South: “Global Migration and International Film History”

Special Issue of The Global South: “Global Migration and International Film History”

Deadline for proposals: August 1, 2018

Name: Robert Jackson

Contact email: bob-jackson@utulsa.edu


This special issue of The Global South aims to identify new approaches to a pair of modern phenomena: the global migration of peoples, and the movement of film and related motion-picture media beyond national boundaries. Proposals are invited for essays that bring together these complex historical and cultural patterns, and examine the implications of the overlapping mobilities of humans and their motion pictures.  How has international migration contributed to world film history from the late 19th century to the present? How has the mobility of film culture, from the itinerant travels of filmmakers themselves to the irrepressible movements of the films they created, identified, mirrored, paralleled, catalyzed, criticized, or otherwise registered broad patterns of international migration?  The Immigrant (1917), I Remember Mama (1948), America, America (1963), Black Girl (1966), Fear Eats the Soul (1974), El Norte (1983), Head-On (2004), Children of Men (2006), Last Train Home (2009), Le Havre (2011), I Am Not Your Negro (2016): these and many other films suggest a wide range of specific historical moments, geographic regions, political and economic contexts, genres, aesthetic practices, and production and reception histories in which human and motion-picture migrations coexist in ways that invite new understandings of both phenomena.

Abstracts of up to 500 words, along with a 100-word bio, should be sent to the guest editor, Robert Jackson, at bob-jackson@utulsa.edu, by August 1, 2018.