North! Mapping Cinematic Norths, conference May 2nd 2014, Sheffield

 North! Mapping Cinematic Norths

Friday May 2nd 10-6, Showroom Cinema, Sheffield

This event, hosted by the Sheffield Centre for Research in Film, invites exploration of the representation, construction and function of North in film.

The North retains a singularity and certitude in its magnetic signaling of trajectory, route, and direction (home) yet, as Peter Davidson’ reminds us in The Idea of North (2005), ‘Everyone has a different north, their own private map of the emotional – indeed the moral – geography of north and south.’

North remains an important relational positioning, a loaded projection, an emphatic somewhere and a powerful elsewhere. Such relational sites are imbued with cultural, economic and political geographies, epitomized by the defiant signage of Sheffield’s Designers Republic which proclaims their place as ‘North of Nowhere’ TM.

Norths evoke topographical and meteorological challenge, landscapes of harsh remoteness, austere beauty and meditative emptiness. Constructions of space and place characterized by both passionate solidarities and haunting solitudes, sparkling utopias and dark nostalgias, industrial heartland, badland, borderland, no man’s land.

The plotting of these myriad Norths, which bewitch compasses and confound maps in their elusive, shifting and relational natures can be explored and traced in moving images.


Suggested areas for discussion include:

- the construction of different relational Norths

- the role of north-ness in constructions of star identity (auteurs and actors)

- Romantic ethnographies and Northern-ness

- landscapes and soundscapes of the North

- national and transnational constructions of Norths

- genre and / of  North

- the role of national / regional policies for funding film production

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers. Please send proposals (200 words) to –  Deadline:  Friday 21st  March

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