Cinema of the Arab World Book Project

Essay contributions are sought for an edited collection on cinema of the Arab world that is presently under favorable consideration by the editors of an appropriate series at a major academic publisher.

Whereas the Arab world continues to be a central focus of Western media attention, relatively little scholarly work has been produced on Arab cinema. This forthcoming scholarly collection aims to explore and analyze the current state of cinematic and media production in the Arab world, drawing upon the expertise of scholars and practitioners, including but not limited to those who hail from or are based in the region itself. The volume will adopt a contemporary perspective, covering specific aspects and attributes of the Arab world as a whole and integrating an array of topics and theoretical approaches representing current developments in Arab filmmaking and studies.  Recognizing the field’s interdisciplinary breadth, the collection seeks intellectual inclusiveness and welcomes essays from diverse academic and national locations.  Its aim is to (re)situate Arab cinema and its scholarly pursuit, both recent and historical, on the map of international cultural studies.

Deadline for electronic submission of 350-word abstracts (to include brief biographical statement and sample 5-item bibliography):   March 1, 2016.

E-mail abstracts to:      Terri Ginsberg, Assistant Professor of Film (The American University in Cairo) –


         Chris Lippard, Associate Professor of Film & Media (University of Utah) –

Commissioned papers should not exceed 5000 words (20 pages) and must be completed by January 15, 2017.  While the collection will be published in English, papers submitted in Arabic are also acceptable and will be translated.

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