CFP: Cinema and Media Cultures in the Middle East

Call for Book Proposals:
Cinema and Media Cultures in the Middle East
Peter Lang Publishing

Book Series Editors:
Terri Ginsberg (The American University in Cairo)
Chris Lippard (University of Utah)

Book proposals are sought for publication in a new book series, Cinema and Media Cultures in the Middle East, the purpose of which is to demarcate and critically examine the shifting terrain of film- and media-making in the Middle East, and of practices of film and media studies regarding it, testing them both against their larger, social enabling conditions at the national, regional, and transnational levels. Series titles will engage recent developments in the field of Middle East film and media studies and will help point the field in an intellectually meaningful, pedagogically effective direction in relation to both current and, in some cases, significant, previously ignored, older work.

The proposed series is conceived at a moment during which Middle Eastern film and film criticism have begun to develop in new directions. These include critical questions from queer and transgendered perspectives about the representation of women, and from indigenous and settler colonial studies perspectives about the representation of migrant workers and refugees, the importance of documentary, animation, and hybrid shooting, the influence of global cinema, and the revival of interest in militant, revolutionary and third cinema.

Proposals should engage Middle Eastern cinema theoretically and/or historiographically, in challenging and innovative ways. Welcome are critical genealogies based in research at newly available archives; new theoretical approaches including decolonial critiques of Western scholarship, and analyses that draw from important, seldom-referenced film critical texts in languages of the region; translations of key, book-length texts in these languages; and interventions into neglected aspects of more traditional areas. Likewise of interest are projects that engage philosophical and analytic theories and methodologies in order to shed critical light on contemporary conditions of cinematic production and reception in the Middle East.

A successful proposal might offer critical innovations in the study of stylistic and non-Western variants on theory, methodology, and argumentation; bring to the fore indigenous, decolonial, queer, transnational, and new media approaches to Middle Eastern cinematic representation; make available important texts previously inaccessible to Anglophone readers; and provide intellectually challenging avenues for comprehending, analyzing, and understanding contemporary and historical cultural politics and systems in the Middle East region.

Please send inquiries, or submit your prospectus along with supporting material, usually an abstract, one or two sample chapter(s), and your curriculum vitae, to:

Terri Ginsberg (The American University in Cairo) -
Chris Lippard (University of Utah) -

Editorial Advisory Board:
Greg Burris (American University of Beirut)
Patricia Caillé (Université de Strasbourg)
Donatella Della Ratta (John Cabot University)
Kay Dickinson (Concordia University)
Kevin Dwyer (Independent Scholar)
Sarah El-Richani (The American University in Cairo)
Hadi Gharabaghi (New York University)
Iman Hamam (The American University in Cairo)
Hossein Khosrowjah (St. Mary’s College of California)
Bindu Menon (Azim Premji University)
Najat Rahman (Université de Montréal)
Helga Tawil-Souri (New York University)
Alia Yunis (University of Amsterdam)


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