Call for papers – Iranian New Wave Cinema


The Persian International Film Festival and The Sydney Society for Literature and Aesthetics are proud to announce a call out for articles for a special edition of The Journal for the Sydney Society for Literature and Aesthetics on Iranian New Wave Cinema.

Guest editors are Dr. Omid Tofighian and festival co-director Dr. Sanaz Fotouhi.

In February 2012 Asghar Farhadi’s film  A Separation won an Oscar in the category of best foreign film. This event marked an important historical moment in Iranian film, in particular, and Iranian art, in general. However, Farhadi’s win was significant for a number of other reasons; reasons which have profound social, cultural and political implications. The scholarship produced to analyse post-revolutionary Iranian cinema is compelling because it exposes the networks connecting so many facets of Iranian life; it indicates the similarities and differences between the issues affecting Iran and the issues affecting other cultures; and it impacts interpretations and evaluations of contemporary Iran in intimate and provocative ways. In addition, studies of Iranian films decode the innovative and challenging techniques and methods used by Iranian directors, producers and script writers to present stories and events from Iran and the underlying meanings, messages and questions contained within.

The organisers and editors are working on a special issue  that covers a diverse range of topics on Iranian cinema, from various disciplines and using different approaches and styles. Themes and topics addressed include: film history; cinema style and structure; the cinema industry in Iran; state censorship, self-censorship and control of distribution; film language; philosophy of cinema; cinema as social, cultural or political critique; humanistic and apolitical film; cinema as historical documentation; reality and documentary; exporting films – foreign perception, international awareness and propaganda; risks and opportunities in Iran; literary adaptations; allegory in Iranian cinema.

About the special edition
The special edition of The Journal for the Sydney Society for Literature and Aesthetics will aim to be launched at The Second Persian International Film Festival in 2013. The edition will also include images from films and events and interviews with directors, actors and producers from Iran, as well as a section dedicated to Junior Scholarship on the topic with outstanding essays from younger scholars. The editors will aim to make this journal an important resource in the study of Iranian cinema and Iranian studies in general, in Australia and worldwide.

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