Palgrave Handbook of Arab Film and Media

The Palgrave Handbook of Arab Film and Media is a new anthology on Arab film and media that welcomes submissions of abstracts for previously unpublished chapter contributions. This anthology is a reference book that brings together into one text, a rigorous and expansive study of the developments and turns of roughly a century of cinema histories of this region including the circulation of other media objects (radio, television musalsalat and other programs, music and internet). It spans a wide and diverse geographic and cultural range across Asia and Africa that includes immigrant, migrant and diasporic cultures, and bridges the 20th and 21st centuries. The following three related lines of enquiry are crucial to these explorations:

• Historiographies of the development of Arab cinema/media within the Middle East that stretch from the early 20th century colonial era to the present.

• Intersections between Arab cinemas with the cinematic/media histories and movements of the Global South, acknowledging the historic and continuous relevance of transregional, South-South connections in cinematic, televisual, and new (streaming) spheres of media production, which shape the production and discourse of media forms and cultural imaginaries.

• Changes offered by increasing availability and usage of streaming and non-territorial media platforms that expand audiences, cross spatial borders, and transform identities as they have been defined by previous geo-mapping projects of the 19th and 20th centuries.
But we cannot discuss the development of these cinema and media histories without addressing the histories of colonialism, settler colonialism, nationalism, Zionism, authoritarianism, civil wars, proxy wars, intifadas and revolutions, petro-extractive modernity, refugee waves, immigrant labor, and neoliberal economic policies driving globalization from the mid-20th century to the present.

For this reason, the handbook follows a loosely chronological structure.

I: Genres, stars, ecosystems of national cinemas/media from colonialism to independence:
explores topics related to genres, stars, and ecosystems of national cinemas/media from colonialism to independence in the Arab countries of the MENA.

II. Modernism’s long period: auteurs, state cinema, liberation cinema, film art: pursues new historiographies and theoretical explorations about auteurs, national cinema, liberation cinema and film art and/or experimental film.

III. Arab cinema in the MENA and Global South, the Global South in the Arab MENA: emphasizes cinema’s South-South relations within the broader SWANA (South-West Asia and North Africa) region, and film studies of Arab Gulf cinema in relation to the broader MENA region.

IV. Intersections and crossovers between the cinematic and televisual: hybrid forms and genres, media ecosystems, films and serials, star power, the audience

V. From the first Gulf War to the aftermath of revolutions: Arab film and media of the MENA in the “new” imperial age

To read full CFP including synopses for all the above sections:

Submit abstracts of 300-words max by January 15, 2023 outlining your proposed intervention for previously unpublished scholarship and specifying which section you envision your contribution fitting into, accompanied by a (maximum) 150-word biography highlighting affiliations, publications, current research interests, and/or any relevant professional or curatorial experience.


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