Working in, and on, the neighborhood
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7/16/2018 at 6:10:33 PM GMT
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Working in, and on, the neighborhood

Neighborhoods are both material and social. They are physical, geographical locations built into the structure of cities, suburbs, and rural towns and the context for ongoing processes of negotiation, exchange, conflict and control. That is to say neighborhoods are both the site of, and the product of, work.

Despite the volume of illuminating film studies scholarship that has pursued the so-called “spatial turn”: the emergence of the geohumanities, examinations of the intersection of urban life with issues of race, gender, class, sexuality and ability, or the geographical dynamics of film production, promotion, and reception—film studies still has much work to do in order to better understand the neighborhood. This panel aims to interrogate the ways that neighborhoods work in media.


Potential submissions may address issues including, but not limited to:

  • Gentrification and processes of “urban renewal”
  • Location shooting and discourses of authenticity in neighborhoods
  • The role of neighborhood associations in media production, promotion, and exhibition
  • Neighborhood segregation and its cultural reproduction
  • The production of neighborhoods through representations in popular and industrial media
  • Contemporary or historical institutions that drew media productions to particular neighborhoods
  • Neighborhoods and the “creative class”
  • The economics and politics of local film exhibition
  • Neighborhood “reality tours” attached to media franchises
  • Stars and/or auteurs associated with neighborhoods
  • Representations of specific neighborhoods, either real (Hollywood, Bed Stuy, South Philly) or imaginary (Toontown, District X, Walford)


If interested, please send an abstract (~350 words), a brief biography (~200 words) and a tentative bibliography (3-5 sources) to Michael D. Dwyer at by August 3, 2017. Decisions by August 10.


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