[Filmfestivalresearch] CFP: Screening Scarlett Johansson: Gender, Genre and Celebrity

Kirsten Stevens kirsten.e.stevens at gmail.com
Mon Oct 3 00:37:46 CEST 2016

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*Screening Scarlett Johansson: Gender, Genre and Celebrity*

We invite chapter proposals for an edited collection on the intersection of
celebrity, gender and genre, focused on the persona and work of Scarlett

In recent years, Johansson has achieved new standing as the darling of
science fiction cinema. However, what makes her a worthy figure of critical
investigation is the multiplicity of genres and personae that she has been
associated with. In her twenty-year career, Johansson has inhabited the
personae of child actor (*Manny & Lo* (1996), *The Horse Whisperer *(1998)),
indie ingénue (*Ghost World *(2001), *The Man Who Wasn’t There *(2001), *Girl
With a Pearl Earring *(2003), *Lost in Translation* (2003)), director’s
muse (*Match Point *(2005), *Scoop *(2006), *Vicky, Cristina,
Barcelona *(2008)),
action heroine (*The Island *(2006), *Iron Man 2 *(2009), *The
Avengers *(2012))
and, most recently, science fiction performer (*Her *(2013), *Lucy
*(2014), *Under
the Skin *(2013), *Ghost in the Shell* (2017)).

This collection seeks to provide the first book-length account of
Johansson’s persona and work. It will position Johansson as a discursive
conduit for discussing celebrity as it intersects with questions of gender
and genre, a research trajectory that is enabled by Johansson’s varied
career. The collection casts a critical eye over the characters she has
portrayed and personas that she has inhabited, and how the two intersect
and influence one another. The collection not only brings together a
critical analysis of Johansson’s work. It draws out the multitude of
meanings generated through and inherent to her performances.

We welcome a range of approaches to gender, genre and celebrity, focalised
through Johansson’s persona. Possible topics include, but are not
restricted to:

   - Johansson, gender and science-fiction cinema
   - Indie cinema stardom
   - “Crossover” stardom
   - Child performers and performance
   - Johansson as auteurs’ “muse”
   - Gender and Johansson as voice performer
   - Johansson’s action cinema stardom
   - Female celebrity and science-fiction cinema

*Submission requirements: *

Please send a 350 word abstract (excluding bibliography) with a title,
100-word bio, and contact information by December 2nd, 2016.

*Deadlines: *

Submission of abstract: *December 2nd, 2016*

Notification of decisions: by *January 6th, 2017*

Chapters due: *April 7th, 2017*

*Contact info*:

Please send abstracts or enquiries to the editors via email at
screeningscarlettjohansson at gmail.com


Dr Janice Loreck (Monash University)

Dr Whitney Monaghan (Monash University)

Dr Kirsten Stevens (Monash University)

Dr Kirsten Stevens
Film and Screen Studies
School of Media, Film and Journalism
Monash University

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners, and Elders past and present,
of all the lands on which Monash University operates.

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