Events in Modern Languages & Cultures
World Cinema and Cosmopolitics Research Group seminar: Dr Deborah Shaw [Portsmouth]: Transnational Cinema: Mapping a Field of Study
From 2005 we can identify a transnational momentum in film studies, with the following years seeing some important conceptual and theoretical essays and edited volumes (Bergfelder, 2005, Ezra, and Rowden [eds.], 2006, Durovicová and Newman [eds.], 2009, Hjort, 2009, Higbee and Lim, 2010, Berry, 2010, Shaw, 2013), and the founding of a journal, Transnational Cinemas,in 2010, dedicated to disseminating research in this area. In this paper I present an overview of the history of the transnational in film studies, and consider the ways in which our discipline responded to developments in the social sciences. Following this, I discuss the present state of the field of transnational film studies through an analysis of a selective overview of the SCMS Transnational Cinemas SIG (Scholarly Interest Group) sponsored panels from 2014-2016. I conclude the paper with some thoughts on the present state of the field.
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