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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 131–157.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Irene Gedalof Where do spaces of the home figure in contemporary studies of transnational, migrant, and diasporic cinema? According to Hamid Naficy, “accented,” exilic, and diasporic cinema primarily evokes a state of “permanent deterritorialization,” producing cinematic languages of discontinuity...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 137–147.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Tess Takahashi This article examines the legacy of issues of representation in the International Experimental Media Congress held in Toronto in April of 2010, twenty years after the contentious 1989 International Experimental Film Congress. On the surface, the two events embraced the same stated...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (2 (68)): 41–66.
Published: 01 September 2008
... history and production n the United States. © 2008 by Camera Obscura 2008 Catherine Zimmer is an assistant professor of English and film and screen studies at Pace University. Her current research explores how reflexive cinema has focalized around the issue of surveillance. Histories...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 77–105.
Published: 01 September 2009
... also been a sexual revolution? How did it mange to reform (or fail to reform) some of the state's most enduring institutions, marriage and the family? Has the revolution betrayed its promises to radically address the “woman question”? Has it perpetuated bourgeois values? Could the subjects and regimes...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 69–99.
Published: 01 December 2011
... ultimately collude to portray Africa as universally chaotic and Africans as universally oppressed. The filmmakers' good intentions notwithstanding, these two commercially successful films fall short and affirm Cameron's conclusion that Britain and the United States are not ready for a new cinematic Africa...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 161–171.
Published: 01 September 2010
... examines the laboring conditions and practices tantamount to slavery in the sugar plantations in the Dominican Republic (DR). It also addresses the complicity of state governments in human trafficking of Haitian migrants to the DR. The film also illuminates a global trend in which migrants, unable...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 183–195.
Published: 01 September 2010
... by the state. Drawing on contemporary television studies that link the genre of courtroom television to neoliberal governance, the article finally suggests that if (reality) television takes legal citizenship of its citizen-subjects for granted, And I Do Survive articulates precisely the gap between...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (1 (76)): 95–129.
Published: 01 May 2011
... an accompanying vocabulary for demarcating the limits of citizenship, subjectivity, and humanity. Finally, I argue that while subjectivity can be created through narrative tropes, we still need to question the desire for subjectivity and citizenship in violent state regimes. © 2011 by Camera Obscura Fiona...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (1 (79)): 69–95.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Peter X Feng Asian diasporic identities exist in a complicated tension with Asian nationalist identity formations, simultaneously affirming and disavowing the nation-state as constitutive of identity. Video maker Ming-Yuen S. Ma's work focuses on problematics of translation as a metaphor...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 1–43.
Published: 01 September 2013
... the state of the image. Alessandra Raengo is associate professor of moving image studies at Georgia State University. Her scholarship addresses the ontological implications of race in the field of vision. Recent publications include essays on Lee Daniels's cinema, on the idea of blackness...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 69–101.
Published: 01 May 2013
... contracts to repeat and return to the object of desire. In arguing that the ao dai (long dress) photograph as a copy-image of a lost or disappearing referent is central to a contemporary diasporic erotic — a feeling-state of disrupted history rendered (and recovered) in mythical terms through love...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (1 (82)): 103–123.
Published: 01 May 2013
... and political theory by suggesting that the state of theory today is plagued by a form of autoimmune disorder. That is to say, certain kinds of cultural and political theory confront themselves as enemies, as something that should be attacked. With reference to the work of Alain Badiou, Jacques Rancière...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (1 (85)): 81–109.
Published: 01 May 2014
... involvement in cinema as a global system, and into the complexity of contemporary Indigenous filmmaking in Australia as a specialist sector that operates within while remaining different from the state-funded national film industry. Therese Davis is the author of The Face on the Screen: Death...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 41–69.
Published: 01 May 2015
... facilitation of consumption in an era of state-mandated austerity. Michael Litwack is a doctoral candidate in modern culture and media at Brown University, where he is currently working on a dissertation titled “Racial Technics: Biopolitics and Technology in the Long Civil Rights Era.” His research...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (3 (99)): 103–127.
Published: 01 December 2018
... through the characters she develops and the milieus that dominate her cinema. While there is an absence of glamour, romance, and sentimentality, the characters also do not dwell in a state of material precarity; the insecurity they face is instead personal and social. Three tendencies distinguish Ade...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (3 (99)): 21–47.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Faye Stewart This study traces shared national narratives about women, work, and precarity in films made by East German women directors in the state-run DEFA studios before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. A comparative analysis of Evelyn Schmidt’s Das Fahrrad ( The Bicycle , 1982) and Helke...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (2): 41–69.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Feng-Mei Heberer This article explores the possibilities for activist intervention through documentary media at a time when rhetorics of rights and recognition are increasingly appropriated into nationalist state projects, capitalist expansion, and a Northern hemispheric vision of the “good world...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 1–29.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Lingzhen Wang In December 1978, the Chinese government formally laid out its economic reform policy, thereby marking the beginning of a new post-Mao era. As economic reform deepened around the mid-1980s, the state began to openly retreat from its former socialist commitments—including...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 127–155.
Published: 01 December 2019
... at The United States Steel Hour (ABC, 1953–55; CBS, 1955–63), “I think it was a shameful omission that I was not permitted to attend today’s meeting.” For decades, women like Hechtlinger and Wood have suffered such “omissions” within television history. This essay seeks to integrate their stories, work...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 39–75.
Published: 01 May 2020
... on biofeedback that unveils reciprocal influences between art participants’ psychic states. Even though these sets of works were developed during the same time frame (1974–82) and are equally concerned with bodily communication, they are almost never interpreted as conceptually related. Underscoring their mutual...