Call for papers (due by 25 march) -Film in the Colony Symposium (Wellington)

Film in the Colony Symposium: New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, 1890s to 1940s.

13-14 July 2017 at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, Wellington.

The early decades of cinema (1890s to 1940s) coincide with the late colonial periods of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. In each colony, films were made about indigenous peoples, and their relationships with settlers. Some were historical films; others documented, or capitalised on, indigenous life by drawing on legends or scenes of traditional life; others developed fictional narratives. This symposium investigates the uses of locally-made moving images, for colonies-becoming-nations, and for indigenous communities and their sense of cultural belonging.

How did the involvement of indigenous peoples in the film-making process open out new understandings of collaboration, co-creativity and cross-cultural exchange? Did indigenous people make their own films? What were the implications and outcomes of filming traditional stories on historical locations, or within contemporary communities? How were productions received by local audiences, then and now?

For this symposium we invite papers that investigate the cross-cultural dimensions of film in the colonial context. We welcome contributions from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, such as film studies, history, Māori and/or indigenous studies, anthropology, archives, screen industries and communities.

Find out more about the symposium and how to submit an abstract here: Due by 25 March.