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Reflections on Palestinian Women and Cinema – until April 15, 2014

Editors: Shahd Wadi and Júlia Garraio 

The deadline for submission is April 15, 2014

In 2011 we organized a cinema and debate-cycle entitled ‘Palestinian Women and Cinema’ in Lisbon and Coimbra, Portugal. This initiative made us realize the extent to which cinema is able not only to project a home for Palestinians living in dispossession, but also to be a space where “the other” meets Palestinian memory, history, identity, and, above all, Palestinian resistance and struggle for existence. Through a broad variety of aesthetic approaches and different political positions, the screened films addressed and reflected on the double resistance of Palestinian women, not only against the Israeli occupation but also against internal forms of oppression. While Western media tends to portray Palestinian women through simplistic and redundant monolithic forms of representation, Palestinian women’s cinematic lenses and words have become their own tools to resist images imposed on them and can hence function as aesthetic weapons to fight both their own patriarchal society and the Israeli colonial and patriarchal occupation. In other words, film has become a political story-telling device to narrate collective and personal stories of resistance. 

Following the idea behind the cycle, the present number of e-cadernos ces is intended to be a Palestinian feminist screen that projects reflections on Palestinian women and cinema. We believe that the terms Palestine, women, and cinema are always in construction and open to different definitions. We therefore invite contributions related to Palestinian women and cinema (e.g. fiction, documentary, and video installation), including reflections on film portrayals of Palestinian women, critiques on films directed by Palestinian women or, more broadly, about the place and the impact of Palestinian women on cinema. This number of e-cadernos is hence intended to be an open space for sharing stories, narratives, essays, interviews, film analysis, and other reflections on Palestinian women and cinema.

E-cadernos ces is a peer-reviewed, online and entirely open access journal, published by the Center for Social Studies in Coimbra. The journal is currently indexed in CAPES, EBSCO and Latindex. For more information about this publication see http://www.ces.uc.pt/e-cadernos/pages/en/index.php?lang=EN.

Texts should be presented in final version, in Portuguese, English, or Castilian. Manuscripts may have from 50 to 60,000 characters with spaces, including notes and references. For the final section @cetera, other manuscripts may be submitted (up to 35,000 characters), such as interviews and discussions (up to 25,000 characters) or book reviews (up to 5,000 characters).

Detailed guidelines for submitting texts are available at http://www.ces.uc.pt/e-cadernos/media/Normas_publicacao_e_cadernos_en.pdf. Manuscripts should be sent by email to e-cadernos@ces.uc.pt and authors should clearly identify the thematic issue in question – “Reflections on Palestinian Women and Cinema”.

All manuscripts will go through a blind peer review process.

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