[Filmfestivalresearch] CFP: 'WorkingUSA' Special Issue on FILM

Saer Ba drsaerba1 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 29 17:41:34 CET 2012

Dear filmfestivalresearch mailing list member,

With apologies for cross-posting

Please find below a cfp for a special edition of the peer-reviewed,
independent academic journal *WorkingUSA: the Journal of Labor and
Society,*which will be on the theme of 'Film, Labor and Migration'.

 With all best wishes,

 Saër Maty Bâ


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*WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society*

Special Issue: ‘Film, Labor and Migration’; publishing: December 2013

Guest editor: Dr Saër Maty Bâ, *WorkingUSA *editorial board

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*WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society* is a peer-review
cross-disciplinary social science quarterly journal intended for a broad
exploration of the economic, political, and social dimensions of work and
labor throughout the world. The journal publishes articles directed to an
open and critical analysis of the *global* and U.S. labor movements,
organizations, and the working class. The journal editors see a strong and
robust labor movement as a force that is central to the immediate and long
term social, economic, and political interests of the working class. The
journal endeavors to promote thoughtful and penetrating analysis of the
historical, contemporary, and future prospects of workers that advanced
beyond the narrow goals of individuals. We see workers as a force that
labor movements across the world must embrace to advance the struggle for
social and economic justice.*WorkingUSA*, an independent academic journal, *
exclusively* accepts for review original submissions, and does not consider
essays previously evaluated or currently under review by other

The global histor*ies* of ‘film studies’ – understood here as comprising
screen studies – but also of ‘film’ – which includes new/digital media – as
a medium display constant engagement with issues of labor, work, labor
movements, class, as well as with matters of justice (social, racial,
ethnic, gender, sexuality, political and economic). Additionally, ‘film’
embodies the unending processes of adjustment at play in labor, class and
migration matters, in a world of globalized capital and culture where, as
Hamid Naficy puts it, ‘the integrity, security, sovereignty and protection
of physical borders have assumed heightened attention, budgets and
resources [while] border crossings have become cathected places of fear and
terror’ (Naficy 2007: xv). Last but not least, today images cross borders
and boundaries (international, national, regional) easily and, in the same
process, call for a continued critical look at how the medium of ‘film’
represents – indeed, re-presents –class, labor and migration.

In line with *WorkingUSA*’s global objectives, seen through the lens/prism
of the multiple histories, theories, practices of film studies and/or film
as a medium, this special issue seeks original essays ranging from 4,000 to
7,000 words (including notes) on any of the following themes or topics:

· Labor/class, migration, and film genre (especially, ‘War Film’,
Science-Fiction, Documentary, Western, Gangster)

· Labor/class, migration, and film movements (especially, Hispanic cinemas,
the African diaspora, European ‘New Waves’, Third Cinema)

· Labor/class and migration in/and the‘postcommunist’ film

· Labor/class and migration in film industries (for example, unions and
other organizations; the British film industry in the 1930s)

· Labor/class and migration in Africa and/or its diasporas: filmmakers and
their work

· Labor/class and migration in Africa and/or its diasporas: case study of
African and/or African diasporic cinema

· Labor/class and migration in film festivals (laboring for film
festivals/laboring at film festivals)

· Labor/class, enmity, and the figure of the migrant on screen

· Labor movements/labor organizations/the working class on screen

· Gender, labor, class and migration on screen

· Race/ethnicity, labor, class and migration on screen

· Socialist/communist iconographies of the migrant/worker/migrant worker on

· Trade unionism (left-wing/right-wing) on screen

· Re-thinking film (e.g., stud*ies*/histor*ies*/theor*ies*/practice*s*)
through labor/class and migration

· Philosophers, work/labor, class, and film theor*ies*(especially, Jacques
Rancière, Alain Badiou, and/or Slavoj Žižek)

· National cinema/international cinema, labor and migration

· Radical/Marxist/Marxian readings of labor, class and migration and/in
film histor*ies*

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· Reading 21st Century labor, class and migration issues through ‘film’

· Internet/digital labor, the moving image, class and migration

In the first instance, please send an abstract of 200 words in length –
clearly stating the goals, objectives, methods, and arguments of the author
– and a two-sentence biography indicating name, affiliation, and research
interests to *both* the guset editor, Saër Maty Bâ (drsaerba1 at gmail.com),
and the resident editor of *WorkingUSA*, Prof. Immanuel Ness (
iness at brooklyn.cuny.edu). Abstracts and full essays (of accepted abstracts)
will be subject to a triple-blind review process.

It is strongly recommended that submissions are free of jargon or abstract
and oblique methodological formulations and are accessible to
sub-disciplinary fields but directed to a broader academic and labor

Please note the following relevant deadlines for submissions:

Abstracts: by November 5th, 2012

(All notifications of acceptance emailed: by November 20th, 2012)

Full essays: by June 30th, 2013

Corrections that may be requested by reviewers/editors: by August 15th, 2013

Any queries regarding the special issue should be addressed to the guest

With all best wishes,

Saër Maty Bâ


Dr Saër Maty Bâ

Laest publications:

BOOK: *De-Westernizing Film Studies* (Routledge, June 2012) (co-editor,

ARTICLE: 'Jean Rouch as "Emergent Method": Towards New Realms of
Relevance', *Film International 57*, Vol. 10, No. 3, 2012, pp. 50-68

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