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We offer all registered speakers of our conference "Films as Spaces of Cultural Encounters" the opportunity to publish their proposed papers in our special issue of the online magazine CINEJ and/ or in a printed volume.


Please find the guidelines for paper submission below:




Dear colleagues,



thank you very much for your understanding that the circumstances given we had to cancel the conference.



Those of you who signalled us their interest in publishing their papers, please, keep to the below guidelines.



The deadline for paper submission is: 1 June 2011, 24.00 (MET)



Please, send your papers to our e-mail address: images-1@gmx.at and cc them to veronika.bernard@uibk.ac.at



Depending on how many papers will finally have reached us by 1 June 2011, 24.00 (MET) we will either publish all of them in a special online issue of CINEJ, or we will publish selected papers in a printed volume which will be published at IUP (Innsbruck University Press) in addition to the special online issue of CINEJ.


The decision which papers will go to the printed volume is with the editors of the publication, i.e. Veronika Bernard and Serhan Oksay.




Guidelines for paper submission:



Length of papers:


maximum length (incl. author, title, endnotes and 100 words abstracts): 33 000 characters including blanks


mimimum length (incl. author, title, endnotes and 100 words abstracts): 16 500 characters including blanks



Format of papers:


Please, send your documents in the .doc or .docx format


Please, make sure that page boundary margin should be 2,5 cm from top, bottom, left and right side of the paper


Line spacing must be 1,5 and articles should be justified to left and right (align justified) with no dashes


Font size must be 12 and type of the font should be Times New Roman


Tables, pictures, graphics and diagrams must be 10x17 cm


Accordingly, the mentioned visual elements need to be provided smaller than 12 font size with single spacing.


Titles must start with a capital letter and the rest should be small caps.





Please, use the citation style you are used to (MLA etc.)  





Please, make it endnotes







IMAGES – Films as Spaces of Cultural Encounters


A 4-days international and interdisciplinary conference



Kadir Has University Cibali Campus, Istanbul


1 – 4 June, 2011









Day 1 (1 June, 2011)



Registration (9.00-9.30)



Welcome and Opening (9.30-10.00)


Welcome by Rector of Kadir Has University

Welcome by Conference Coordinators

Welcome by Representative of Austrian Culture Forum Istanbul



Paper presentations (10.15-12.50, 14.00-17.40)



Session 1: Media of film analysis 


10.15-10.30: Serhan Oksay (Turkey) and Vedat Akman (Turkey): CINEJ – the e-journal for film and photography



Session 2: Cinematic language and aesthetics of conveying cultural encounters (Part I): theory, architecture, landscape and imagery


10.40-11.20: Andreas Stuhlmann (Germany) and Benjamin Fellmann (Germany): Walter Benjamin’s  Language of Things and the Theory of Intercultural Visual Aesthetics

11.20-12.00: Inci Uzun (Turkey) and Didem Akyol Altun (Turkey): Architectural Design as a means of creating composition in cinema

12.00-12.30: Asu Besgen Gencosmanoglu (Turkey): To find is to choose, to choose is to create: Culture(s) in Cinematic Space(s)




12.30-14.30: Lunch break



14.30-15.00: Solen Koseoğlu, Kubra Değer, Burcu Ziyrek (Turkey): Images as films = spaces as cultures

15.00-15.30: Veronika Bernard (Austria): The language of colours. A semiotic analysis of the imagery in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Dracula”



15.30-15.50: Coffee break



15.50-16.20: Ute Lischke (Canada): Cultural Encounters: Performance and Storytelling as Remediation in Sibylle Schönemann’s documentaries

16.20-16.50: Giovanna Faleschini Lerner (US): Ksenia Rappoport’s transnational identity on and off screen

16.50-17.20: Agnieszka Ayşen Kaim (Poland): Turkish New Cinema - Threshold Cinema of Asia Minor




Session 3: Film projects of cultural encounters


17.20-17.40: Serhan Oksay (Turkey) and Vedat Akman (Turkey): The short film festival “Istanbul Crossroads”



Creative Works (17.50-19.40)


Session 4: Film screenings – Istanbul Crossroads Festival selection


Session 5: Panel 1 – Film authors discussion (Istanbul Crossroads Authors)





Day 2 (2 June, 2011)



Paper presentations (10.00-12.10, 14.00-18.20)



Session 6: The cultural encounters of migrations


10.00-10.40: Phoebe Giannisi (Greece) and Ioanna Laliotou (Greece): Space Oddity: mobility, subjectivity and the politics of landscape in films

10.40-11.10: Mário Matos (Portugal): Wim Wenders’ stories about intercultural and intermedial mobility

11.10-11.40: Julia Binter (Austria): Diasporic Film as Third Space. Arash T. Riahi’s „Exile Family Movie“

11.40-12.10: Qijun (Cynthia) Han (NL): Across Cultural and National Borders: Diasporic Chinese Family in Pushing Hands



12.10-14.00: Lunch break



14.00-14.30: Vivian Wong (US): Documenting “home” in the diaspora: Memory, records, and identities in the archival imaginary

14.30-15.00: Alda Terracciano (UK): Street of... - Researching memories and the everyday life in 7 cities around the world



Session 7: The image of the outsider and the outcast vs. the image of mainstream society


15.00-15.30: Petruta Tatulescu (Germany/ Ireland): Lesbian Lives at Boarding Schools: Outcast Teachers in Maedchen in Uniform (1958) vs Loving Annabelle (2006)

15.30-16.00: Rustem Ertug Altinay (US): Glamor, sexuality and honor. Remembering the prostitution melodrama

16.00-16.30: Johannes Felder (Austria): The Madman as an outsider to identify with. The films Peeping Tom (1960) and Clockwork Orange (1971)



16.30-16.50: Coffee break



16.50-17.20: Akshaya Kumar (India): Changing Landscape of Moral Registers and Urban Pathology in ‘Bombay’ Cinema: Decline of Biological Family & Birth of the Individual through Awara (1951), Deewar (1975) & Satya (1998)

17.20-17.50: Maria Morrison (US): Of Men and Mud. Masculinity in “Shrek”

17.50-18.20: Sandra Berchtel (Austria): Identity, cultural representation and feminism in the movie Head-On (Fatih Akin)



Creative Works (18.30-20.50)


Session 8: Film screenings – Migrations


Alda Terracciano (UK): Street of... - Researching memories and the everyday life in 7 cities around the world (21 minutes)

Vivian Wong (US): A community of Friends. Documentary on Chinese immigrant and Chinese American communities in Los Angeles (25 minutes)

Persheng Vaziri (US): CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO WORLDS. Documentary on Iranians in the US (60 min)



Session 9: Panel 2 – Film authors discussion


Alda Terracciano (UK)

Vivian Wong (US)

Persheng Vaziri (US)






Day 3 (3 June, 2011)



Paper presentations (10.00-12.30, 14.00-17.30)



Session 10: Cinematic language and aesthetics of conveying cultural encounters (Part II): music


10.00-10.30: David Ryan (UK):  Sedimentations - Film, the City, and History

10.30-11.00: Vlad Dima (US): Images of Sound: the Sonic Jump-Cut and the Sonic Rack-Focus

11.00-11.30: Paul Hartley (US): Underscoring the ‘Return to Home’: How filmmakers use music to present the past, present, and origins of Turkey



Session 11: The enemy vs. the friend in cold war and post-cold war film production


11.30-12.00: Derya Değer (Turkey): The Relation between Hollywood and the New Threat Perception of the USA after the end of Cold War from the Perspective of Postmodernism

12.00-12.30: Tatjana Simeunović (Switzerland): The enemy vs. the friend in the Soviet/Yugoslav war film „In the Mountains of Yugoslavia“ (В горах Югославии - V gorach Jugoslavii , 1946) directed by Abram Room

12.30-13.00: Maria Chevrekouko (Switzerland): The idea of co-existence in block buster animation films: The Russians and their Neighbours in post Soviet animation series



13.00-14.00: Lunch break



Session 12: The violence of cultural encounters


14.00-14.30: Aysun Kıran (Turkey): Barda: A Violent Encounter in A City of Clashing Opposites

14.30-15.00: Vahid (Denmark): Language of War vs. Language of Cinema. An analysis of B. Beyzaei’s “Bashu, the Little Stranger”

15.00-15.30: Elżbieta Wiącek (Poland): Biology and Culture: Emotions’ Case Afghan refugee in Polish Forest – “Essential Killing” by Jerzy Skolimowski



15.30-16.00: Coffee break



16.00-16.30: Katharina Kim Wolff (Germany): Violent Outbursts of Cross-cultural Encounters – Fatih Akın’s Head-On (2004)

16.30-17.00: Melissa Meade (US): Violence, Oppression, and Double Standards in Three Colombian Films

17.00-17.30: Judith Michelmann (Switzerland): Re-Organizing Cultural Values: Vers le Sud by Laurent Cantet



Creative Works (17.30-19.30)


Session 13: Film and video screenings – Encounters


Camden Abu Dis Friendship Association/ Nandita Dowson (UK): ‘Stories from our Mothers: Meetings of British and Palestinian women’ (20 min) 

Jana Hunterova (Czech Republic): OMNIA. Video from Egypt (5 min)

Tim Kennedy (Dubai): Dubai – old and new (20 min.)

Sarawut Chutiwongpeti (Thailand): “Untitled” (Wishes, Lies and Dreams). Video Art Project (duration:?)



Session 14: Panel 3 – Film authors discussion


Sarawut Chutiwongpeti (Thailand)

Camden Abu Dis Friendship Association/ Nandita Dowson (UK)

Jana Hunterova (Czech Republic)

Tim Kennedy (Dubai)





Day 4 (4 June, 2011)



Paper presentations (10.00-13.30)



Session 15: Cinematic encounters of tradition, nation, ethnicity and religion


10.00-10.30: Eva Binder (Austria): Post-Imperial Spaces in the Films of Sergei Dvortsevoi

10.30-11.00: Frank F. Scherer (Canada): Ufa Orientalism. The “Orient” in Early German Film: Lubitsch, Lang, May, and Osten

11.00-11.30: Arnika Fuhrmann (Hong Kong/ China): Under Permanent Exception: Buddhist-Muslim Intimacies in Contemporary Thai Cinema

11.30-12.00: Batır Xasanov (Israel): Filming Dastan: Reviving Tradition and Inventing Past in Kazakhstan by Means of Modern Technological Achievements

12.00-12.30: Abdouraman Halirou (Cameroon): Beyond the boundaries: The incidence of the Indian films on the African cultures (The case of the Northern Cameroon)

12.30-13.00: Fouhba Honoré (Cameroon): The movies rooms in the North - Cameroon: Means of sociocultural integration and of social control by the State (1955-1994)

13.00-13.30: Fouhba Honoré (Cameroon): Bako Moustapha, amateur film-maker, prize-winning of the national festival of Arts and Culture (FENAC) of Maroua-Cameroon 2008



Closing remarks by conference coordinators



Call for Papers



IMAGES – Films as Spaces of Cultural Encounters



A 4-days international and interdisciplinary conference



Kadir Has University Cibali Campus, Istanbul


1-4 June, 2011







The conference “IMAGES – Films as Spaces of Cultural Encounters” will be co-organized as a public 4-days international and interdisciplinary conference by the University of Innsbruck research platform CEnT – Cultural Encounters and Transfer and Kadir Has University (Istanbul) in cooperation with CINEJ, the refereed online journal for film and photography. The conference will be supported by the Austrian Culture Forum Istanbul.

The conference “IMAGES – Films as Spaces of Cultural Encounters” will bring together senior scholars with PhD students, and postdoctoral academics, without following the classical keynote speaker pattern but rather inviting all speakers either to present their research findings in 20-30 minute (paper) presentations plus 10 minutes for discussion or in 120-150 minute panels (4-5 panellists).

There will be no parallel sessions. All sessions will be plenary sessions.

There will also be room provided for presentations of creative works (artistic student works) focussing on the conference topic.

The conference language is English.



Conference coordinators are: Assoc. Prof. (Privatdozentin) Dr. Veronika Bernard (University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck/ Austria) and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Serhan Oksay (Kadir Has University, Istanbul/ Turkey), Dr. Vedat Akman (Kadir Has University, Istanbul/ Turkey)



The official conference blog address is: http://images-1.over-blog.org (under construction)


The official conference e-mail address is: images-1@gmx.at


Deadline for paper and panel proposals is: 1 March, 2011


Deadline for artistic student works proposals is: 1 March, 2011


Paper and panel proposals have to include a 150 words abstract and a 150 words Bio.


Artistic student works proposals have to include a 150 words abstract and a 50 words Bio.


Please, send your proposals to the official conference e-mail address: images-1@gmx.at


Proposers will be informed about acceptance of their proposal within 1 week after receipt.



The conference “IMAGES – Films as Spaces of Cultural Encounters” is implemented in the project “IMAGES”. “IMAGES” is designed to be an interdisciplinary project on cultural encounters, poverty and migration.


Within this thematic frame „IMAGES“ deals with the discourse of cultural encounters in the context of social co-existence. The project defines “discourse of cultural encounters” as the discourse within the context of cultural encounters and as the discourse on cultural encounters. With the discourse in situations of cultural encounters the project focuses on everyday-life discourse; with the discourse on cultural encounters the focus is on both academic and everyday-life discourse. The project deals with verbal and non-verbal communication.


„IMAGES” adapts a cultural studies definition of the term “culture”. Cultural studies define culture by embracing the idea of the group. Very simply said, culture is the sum of all the features and ways of behaviour people show and adapt deliberately in order to become distinct from others and to form their specific identities. Consequently, a person can be part of several cultures. You may be born into a culture – or you may deliberately join a culture; you may actively design a culture – or you can rather passively be part of a culture; you can decide to leave a culture – or you can take efforts to change a culture (from the inside or from the outside). Following this idea, e. g. teenagers can design cultures actively and can be passively part of other cultures at the same time – as old people, migrants, the rich and the poor can be. Social classes may form cultures, just as religions and/ or ideologies may do.


“IMAGES” also includes perspectives on cultural phenomena taken by communication studies, and defines migration as a process of people moving across and within state borders for various reasons. The project starts from the idea that the images you form (of you and of others) essentially shape relations and communication between both individuals and communities, and at the same time are their results. Images are taken as reality by humans. Plato has explained his theory of a relative reality, i. e. of the ways images are formed, in his text „Allegory of the Cave “. Contemporary communication studies introduce images (as the images an individual holds of his or her own self and the images others form of you) to a communicative system formed of values, evaluation and selective perception. No matter which my values are, as a whole they build that very system by which I evaluate and judge the ways others act, look and speak in order to find out whether they fit in with my values. In case they do there is the realistic chance of a positive and fruitful communicational process; in case they do not, communication will go wrong and end soon – in a comparatively unspectacular way by cutting communicational ties or in a rather dramatic way by leading into conflict.


The project „IMAGES“ defines cultural encounters as cultural contacts, which include all possible outcomes. The project does not share positions which identify cultural encounters with cultural contacts which exclusively motivate genuinely positive and fruitful intercultural processes following the intercultural definition of the term. „IMAGES“ identifies cultural contacts also with actions and reactions which may escalate and end in conflict: just think of the cultural provocation; the cultural misunderstanding you are not aware of; the claim made by one culture to culturally “educate” other cultures; the cultural prejudice. In doing so the project considers the fact that the images we create of others are subject to selective perception: We see what we prefer to see. This is true of the positive as well as of the negative.


Adapting this context to the conference topic, paper and panel proposals may include all topics analyzing films as spaces of cultural encounters from a cultural studies perspective in general, and from an inter-cultural, multi-cultural, trans-cultural, semiotic, communication centred, linguistic, sociological, historical, comparative studies, educational, and political perspective in particular, and from all related perspectives.


Sessions may focus on the following issues but are also open to further thematic fields deriving from paper proposals received:


  • ethnicity and the national issue in pre- and post-colonial films
  • gender, age, and ethnicity in (mass)entertainment films
  • the image of the outsider and the outcast
  • the image of mainstream society
  • the enemy vs. the friend in secret agent and action films produced during and after the cold war period
  • the idea of co-existence in block buster animation films
  • the identity issue in films by directors/ authors of migrant background
  • prize-winning films and their cultural messages
  • ethnicity, gender, age and the idea of co-existence in advertising/ promotion clips


One evening session will be open for artistic student works focussing on the conference topic.

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