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Call for Papers: Scandinavian Film Comedy
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If someone ever asks you if you would like to see a Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish […] comedy then... well, I won’t say ‘Run for your life!!’ but I will say ‘Be careful’. Movies in the north love to deal with serious issues like death, drugs, alcohol and other fun stuff, and even most of our comedies will leave you with a feeling that the world is a horrible place. (http://satwcomic.com/funny-movie
Scandinavian cinema is better-known for the gloomy pictures of celebrated auteurs than it is for its comedies, but comedy, in its many different forms, has nevertheless been the key genre for the film industries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden throughout their respective histories. With this special issue of Journal of Scandinavian Cinema we wish to acknowledge the genre’s importance and vitalize the scholarly discussion on comedy in a Scandinavian context – so far a much neglected area for academic inquiry.
We especially, but not exclusively, encourage contributions on the following topics and approaches:
· Early cinema comedy. What forms were adapted in early cinema comedy and how did film comedy develop in Scandinavia?
· Intermedial perspectives: interchanges with popular theatre, radio, television etc
· Changing genres, cycles and genre systems: How do trends in comedy relate to changes in society and/or the film industry?
· Comedians in Scandinavian comedy / The comedian as film star
· Comedy in Scandinavian animation
· Regional, national and transnational aspects of comedy
· Individual directors specializing in comedy
· Comedy and art cinema: comic aspects of Bergman, Trier, Kaurismäki etc
· Comedy, values and taste
We look forward to learning more about particular films, cycles and comedy cultures within Scandinavian cinema, but we ask contributors to keep in mind that a special issue targets a broad international readership. Therefore priority will be given to contributions that balance the specific analysis of films with theoretical and methodological perspectives, and that promote a general understanding of the various roles of comedy in cinema.
Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words for short subjects (2000 words) or feature articles (6000 words) before 15 September 2013 to the Special Issue editors Donald Crafton (email@example.com
), Kimmo Laine (firstname.lastname@example.org
) and Leif Ove Larsen (Leif.Larsen@infomedia.uib.no
). Final submissions are due on 1 February 2014. Only submissions that follow Journal of Scandinavian Cinema’s Notes for Contributors will be accepted.
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The Journal of Scandinavian Cinema (JSCA) is a peer-refereed scholarly journal devoted to all aspects of film culture in Scandinavia (including Finland and Iceland). The journal aims to become an indispensable contributor to the growth of knowledge about Scandinavian filmmaking and to provide a stimulating platform for discussions on Scandinavian Cinema and its cultural background.
The editors welcome full-length articles (4000-8000 words), as well as shorter items such as interviews, conference reports and commented archival documents. Scholars in Film studies, Scandinavian studies, and related areas are invited to contribute articles that reflect their research and teaching interests, ones which will inspire the exchange of ideas and expertise across nations and disciplines.
Possible research topics include:
• Previously unresearched historical periods and topics, or new approaches to already researched areas
• Scandinavian cinema in a global context - the international distribution andreception of Scandinavian films, the work of directors and actors in other countries, and representations of the region and its people in international films
• Film industry developments - funding, censorship and technological developments, as well as the significance of new, digital forms of distribution and exhibition
• New studies on genre, representation, national cinema and other theoretical concepts
• Scandinavian directors, writers, producers and actors, working in film and television, both within the region and internationally
• Inter-art and inter-media discussions - for example, adaptations of literary works and film-television co-productions
• Cinema’s role in the teaching and understanding of Scandinavian culture
• Reports on new research projects, festivals, as well as interviews with filmmakers and key persons within Scandinavian film culture
Although JSCA will cover all historical periods, it will keep readers well-informed about what is going on today. Each issue welcomes articles on recent trends,
major film releases, ongoing film debates and other aspects of contemporary cinematic culture.
Contributions to JSCA 3.2 are due on 15 December, 2012. We only accept submissions that follow Journal of Scandinavian Cinema’s Notes for Contributors, which can be obtained here
Articles can be submitted via the journal hompage, or sent via e-mail in Word format to managing editor Rochelle Wright (email@example.com), with a copy to primary editor Anders Marklund (firstname.lastname@example.org).