Call for Presentations | Transnational Radical Film Cultures

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Transnational Radical Film Cultures:An International Conference on Film, Aesthetics and Politics

(Radical Film Network Conference 2019)

Call for Presentations


Date: 3-5 June 2019

Venue: The University of Nottingham (University Park Campus), UK


This conference aims to bring together the political and aesthetic avant-gardes, with a particular focus on the transnational nature of contemporary radical film cultures. By looking at how radical films are produced, circulated and engaged with in different parts of the world, the conference hopes to shed light on the transnational nature of film cultures and the intersecting relationship between political struggle and aesthetic innovation. Bringing together filmmakers and researchers, the conference hopes to create new and consolidate existing connections and networks, facilitate transnational and cross-cultural dialogues, and forge global solidarity among radical filmmakers around the world.


Contributions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Radical aesthetics and politics;
  • Political filmmaking and ethical issues;
  • Class and radical films;
  • Forms of radical film activism and political agitation;
  • Programming, distribution and exhibition;
  • Radical film festivals and audiences;
  • Radical film history across national borders;
  • (Self)-Representation, identity and privacy in radical film cultures;
  • Collaborative and participatory practices in radical film cultures;
  • Partnerships between radical filmmakers and institutions;
  • Issues of inclusion/exclusion in radical film cultures;
  • Radical film cultures, memory, the archive and preservation;
  • Creativity and innovation in radical film cultures;
  • Radical films and the proliferation of digital technologies;
  • Radical film cultures in the Global South;
  • Radical film cultures and future direction(s)


Interested participants are invited to submit proposals for one of the following formats:

  1. a 20-minute presentation
  2. a 1.5-hour panel (with 3-4 panellists)
  3. a 1-1.5-hour workshop on any aspect of radical film cultures


Proposals to a maximum of 300 words (presentation) or two-pages (panel or workshop) should be sent to:


(Deadline for submission of abstracts: Thursday 31 January 2019)



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