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3rd International Conference on Balkan Cinema - The Great War(s): Our Story
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3rd International Conference on Balkan Cinema 
The Great War(s): Our Story 
Bucharest, Romania: 8/9 May, 2018

Following on the second International Conference on Balkan Cinema that took place in Belgrade in 2017, The Great War(s): Our Story aims to explore how the Great War and other conflicts in the region have been narrated through cinema. 

The 3rd International Conference on Balkan cinema will focus on moving images made by filmmakers both from within and outside the Balkans in order to highlight the connections and differences between these war narratives that have at times coalesced into “our story”. 
The term “our” can refer self-reflexively to a view from the Balkans as both a unified but also more dispersed space, but also to a range of identities: victims or perpetrators, civilians or soldiers, women and children in devastated cities and in the wasteland of the countryside, or men on the front, the generations of participants or the post-generations. These war narratives told from different perspectives of the involved parties eventually challenge History or work with it, or bring together diverse and often confronting and competing national histories.

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The “G. Oprescu” Institute of Art History in Bucharest hosts the event in commemoration of 1914-18 War, but also as the opportunity to analyse and map out the rich range of insights offered by cinematic images of war and recounted through multiple narratives of wars in the region – from the Balkan Wars to the breakup of former Yugoslavia.
War has been one of those perennially rich topics since the beginning of cinema, narrated through a wide range of genre guises, from documentaries to fiction films, war spectacles, historical films, melodramas, musicals etc. For instance, documentary war footage is a key component in historiography, while fictional portrayals of war are source of entertainment and pleasure, as well as material for the recognition of trauma, suffering, and victimisation. Nowadays, popular archival documentaries or docufictions have transformed films on history into “memory making films”, by showing that cinematic narratives of the past and present wars are important factors in the politics of remembering and forgetting, and constituents of collective/individual/national memory and identity.

Being part of a series, the conference aims to further develop transnational scholarship, transcend Balkanism and exoticism, and offer critical explorations of historical and contemporary manifestations of South Eastern European cinemas. It also helps the building of the transnational community of scholars working on the cinemas of the Balkans, South/Eastern Europe, the borders and neighbouring regions such as Central Europe or Near East, works of diaspora or communities in exile, spanning from early cinema on nitrate stock to contemporary digital cinema; and dealing with a range of themes set in the present or the past. 

Organized by
the G.Oprescu Institute of Art History, Bucharest 
Balkan Cultural Institute, Bucharest, Romania

With the support of The Romanian Academy 
The Romanian Cultural Institute 
The Romanian Filmmakers΄ Union (UCIN) 
The Romanian National Film Archive (ANF)
Filmicon. Journal of Greek Film Studies 

Programme Committee 
Prof. Marian Tutui (G.Oprescu Institute of Art History, Bucharest) 
Dr. Lydia Papadimitriou (Film Studies, Liverpool, John Moores University)
Dr. Ana Grgić (University of the Arts London) 
Dr. Gergana Doncheva (Institute of Balkan Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) 
Dr. Aleksandra Milovanović (Associate professor, Faculty of Drama Arts, Belgrade)
  Aleksandra Milovanovic
  Marian Tutui
  Gergana Doncheva
  Lydia Papadimitriou
  Ana Grgic
  Nevena Dakovic
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