Special Issue Call for Papers - Interrupted Frames: Gender and Intermediality in Contemporary Latin American Cinema



Intermediality has been gaining steady traction among scholars of world cinema. While the films of Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Luc-Godard, Wong Kar-wai, Michelangelo Antonioni, Agnès Varda, and Mircea Daneliuc have inspired singular studies on intermediality in works by Dick Higgins (1984), Àgnes Pethő (2018, 2020), Janna Houwen (2017), Jørgen Bruhn and Beate Schirrmacher (2022), contemporary Latin American cinema has received scarce scholarly attention from this theoretical vantage point. Despite emerging interest in this area in the past decade—as seen in Richard Gordon’s Cannibalizing the Colony (2009), David Oubiña’s El silencio y sus bordes (2011), Cynthia Tompkins’s Experimental Latin American Cinema (2013), Ben Bollig’s Moving Verses (2021), and Ben Bollig and David Wood’s The Poetry-Film Nexus in Latin America (2022)—scholars have yet to engage fully with the gendered dimension of intermediality. 

Mistral: Journal of Latin American Women’s Intellectual and Cultural History invites scholars to respond to these lacunae in a special issue entitled “Interrupted Frames: Gender and Intermediality in Contemporary Latin American Cinema.” The special issue seeks to explore the ways in which Latin American women filmmakers generate meaningful intermedial relations with other artforms in their films, particularly photography, painting, audio recordings, and video. Singular intermedial dimensions indeed sustain certain argumentative and aesthetic layers in the films of María L. Bemberg, Lucrecia Martel, Encina Paz, Claudia Llosa, Albertina Carri, Paula Markovitch, Dominga Sotomayor, Lucía Puenzo, Priscilla Padilla, Daniela Cugliandolo, and Yulene Olaizola to mention but a few. We seek articles in English or Spanish that engage intermediality as a multifaceted theoretical mechanism while considering, among others, the following topics:

- Gender and Film Form

- Representation, Difference, and Power

- Marginal Subjectivities

- Identity, Sexuality, and Selfhood

- Bodies and the Arts

- Voice, Space, and Politics

- Sickness and (In)visibility

- Text, Spectacle, Self-Inscription

- Authorship and Genre

- Self-Portraits and Autobiographies

Please submit your proposal (300-400 words) and short biography (200 words) to Inela Selimovic (iselimov@wellesley.edu) and Camilla Sutherland (c.g.sutherland@rug.nl) before September 1, 2022. Final articles (6000-7000 words, Chicago 16th edition) will be due by March 1, 2023.