Call for Papers | Gender, Child and Nation on Film: Post-Graduate Symposium, Cambridge, November 2015

Gender, Child and Nation on Film


McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 2nd November 2015

A post-graduate event organized by the Leverhulme network:

‘Childhood and Nation in World Cinema: Borders and Encounters Since 1980’



Call for papers:

This day conference will explore filmic representations of girlhoods, of boyhoods, of transgender childhoods, of queer childhoods, considering how imaging of diverse gender identities intersects with questions of national and transnational identity. Both documentary and feature film will be encompassed, commercial and independent cinema. There will also be focus on home movies, found footage films, essay films, films by children, coming of age films, autobiographical films, experimental and avant-garde films. Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood (2014) and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (2014) will offer further points of reference and discussion. Overall, cinema’s investment in or disruption of coherent and explanatory narratives of growing up will be our point of focus.


Keynote speakers:

Michael Lawrence (University of Sussex)

Sophie Mayer (QMUL)


Invited filmmaker:

Alina Marazzi



We invite proposals (up to 200 words) for 15 minute presentations. It is envisaged that these will include a film clip of up to five minutes followed by analysis. For further details please contact Emma Wilson ( ).


Proposals should be sent to by 30th June 2015.

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Network Partners:

Emma Wilson (Cambridge), Stephanie Hemelryk Donald (Liverpool), Sarah Wright (RHUL), Hannah Kilduff (Cambridge) and Zitong Qiu (Zhejiang University)

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