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Xavier Dolan 2015 : “Xavier Dolan, Queer Nations, and World Cinema: Locating the Intimate within the Global”


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Submission Deadline Apr 15, 2015

Call For Papers

With the Jury Prize acceptance speech given at Cannes 2014 and the major buzz generated by his latest feature Mommy, 25-year-old Québécois director Xavier Dolan brought his cinema to the attention of audiences and critics from all around the world. Four times in competition at Cannes since 2009 (with J’ai tué ma mère) and once in official competition at Venice with Tom à la ferme (2013), Dolan has been a crucial player in the film festival circuit for the past five years, and a spokesperson for the inventiveness of Quebec cinema in the international context.

Dolan’s “very Québécois” profile combined with the wide circulation of his films in foreign markets continues to enhance the relevance of Quebec’s cultural specificity in wider frameworks of film reception. Meanwhile, his prolific output provides a growing corpus from which rich thematic, socio-political and aesthetic approaches can be considered. With this in mind, Synoptique is devoting a special issue to Dolan’s work and its relevance both for Québec and world cinema. We therefore invite you to submit texts that transcend the classic “auteurist” approach, instead using Dolan’s cinema as a lens through which to explore a broader range of issues that situate it at the crossroads of contemporary cultural, political and cinematic concerns in the interdisciplinary field of film studies.

Submissions can include, but are not limited to, topics such as:

- National and trans-national cinemas as they relate to youth and queer filmmaking
- Film festivals, networks and circulation
- Language and accents in (trans)national cinemas
- Autobiographical fiction, theories of adaptation, the appropriation of source texts
- Local/global reception
- Queer spectatorships
- Screen acting, performance, directing actors
- The cinema of small nations
- Representations of the family, tradition, contemporary Québec, urban and rural
contexts, diversity
- Queer and border transgressions
- Bodies, desires, fantasies and identity politics

Submissions should be approximately 15-30 pages (3,500-7,500 words), written in either English or French, and formatted according to MLA guidelines. Papers should be submitted by April 15th, 2015. A link on will guide you through the submission process. Feel free to contact us at should you have any questions.

Kester Dyer, Andrée Lafontaine and Fulvia Massimi, Guest Editors.

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