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[Commlist] CfP: Film Education Journal - Decolonising Film Education

Wed Mar 17 21:20:28 GMT 2021

Call for Papers: Film Education Journal

SpecialIssue-DecolonisingFilm Education (to be published June 2022)

Guest Editors:ProfessorJyoti Mistry(HDK-Valand Academy)and Dr LizelleBisschoff(University of Glasgow)

Decolonizing Methodologies is not a method for revolution in a political sense but provokes some revolutionary thinking about the roles that knowledge, knowledge production, knowledge hierarchies and knowledge institutions play in decolonization and social transformation.

(Linda Tuhiwai Smith, 1999Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples)

This special issue ondecolonisingfilmeducationhighlights some of the contemporary and at times contrasting conceptions of the termand its applicability toresearch andpractice. This relationship between research and practice has direct implications for reanimatingpedagogies in both film education and screen studies.Moreover,it presents an opportunity to investigate how synergies might be developed between film history,theory, analysisanditspraxis.The focus of this issue attendsto the multiple understandings of decolonialand its potential toadvancescholarship in film studies, to expand creativefilmpractice and to addressfilm education curriculathat revitalizespedagogicstrategies.

This call for contributions invites practitioners and pedagogues involved in film education to draw from their own experiences, challenges andresolutions in engaging with decolonial propositions in the classroom,incurriculum content and at the institutional level. What forms of student-teacher dialogues are necessary in order to facilitate open exchange about the historical structures of knowledge and representation? How do institutions support the political urgency for social change by decolonializing learning, teaching and research? How can film education expand the references of its aesthetic forms to include a broader spectrum of film practices? And how do we rework modes of representation in film, in order to address historical power structures that have marginalized or elided certain narratives and subjects in cinema?

We propose the following(butnotlimited to)areasof interest:


    Decolonisingstrategies in film production pedagogy


    Decolonisingapproaches to teaching film studies


    Interviews with filmmakers whose practice and
    work embraces decolonial perspectives


    Case studies from teaching experiences that foregrounds decolonial
    processes in film production and film studies


    Institutional, cultural and political challenges and resolutions
    towardsdecolonising film education


    Potential and imagined propositions for decolonising film production
    and film studies

Contributions may be drawn fromexperiencesgleanedfrom teaching andreflections from working with students to develop curricula that attends to the political urgencies ofdecolonisingthe frameworks of education on the levels of content, modes of teaching and the structures necessary to support these interventions.

In keeping with the ethos of decolonial propositionsas inclusiveand expansiveof multiple forms of knowledge and expression, we invitedifferent written forms*and*audio-visual formats.

We invite papers, contributions on case studies or focused interviewswith filmpractitioners or teachers of between 4,000 to 8,000 words each.Interviews need a strongcontextual framing andtheoretical and/or analytical basis.

Audio-visual essaysshouldcapture decolonial approaches or exemplify aesthetic and conceptual engagement with decolonialstrategiesor processes.Audio-visual essays should be a maximum of 20 minutes in length and accompanied by a writtensupporting statement of 1,000 words maximum, articulating the research aims and how these aims are achieved in the audio-visual format.

Abstracts of proposed written contributions or audio-visual descriptions should not exceed 500 words andmust include abio of no longer than 150 words.In the case of proposed interviews,pleaseincludethe bios of both subjectsand brief description of the interview framework.The guest editors willenter intoa dialogue with theconfirmedauthors oftheproposed submissionstowards shaping the final contributions.

Abstracts and bios should be emailed (tofilmeducationjournal /at/ <mailto:(filmeducationjournal /at/>byTuesday6 April2021.Any questions should be directed to the same address.

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