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ReFocus: The Films of Antouanetta Aggelidi

Organization: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Categories: Film, TV, & Media
Event Date: 2019-09-15 Abstract Due: 2019-09-15

Call for Chapter Proposals – ReFocus: The Films of Antouanetta Aggelidi

Edited by Sotiris Petridis and Penny Bouska


?      Deadline for proposals: 15 September 2019

?      Notification of Acceptance: by 30 September 2019

?      Deadline for chapters: 01 March 2020


Antouanetta Aggelidi is a Greek film director and visual artist. Her work is unique and has had a significant impact on experimental cinema. She has directed four full-length fiction films – Idées Fixes / Dies Irae (1977), Topos (1985), The Hours: A Square Film (1995) and Thief or Reality (2001) – which have been screened at international film festivals and contemporary art museums, while she has also shot several short films and created visual installations. She is a member of the European Film Academy (E.F.A.) and a founding member of the Hellenic Film Academy (H.F.A.), of which she was the vice-president from 2009 to 2011. The inversion and juxtaposition of codes, as well as the dream-mechanism and the uncanny, constitute her main creative strategies. The complexity of cinematic heterogeneity and the narrative multiplicity of different filmic elements characterize her work.

Although Antouanetta Aggelidi is recognised as an important filmmaker and artist from Greece, there is lack of international academic texts and books regarding her work. Even if there are some books about Aggelidi, all of them are in Greek, making it very difficult for international scholars to learn about and research her work. Moreover, these books have a biographical tone, and so there is no sustained academic monograph or edited collection that covers the entirety of her work. This edited collection will fill this gap in the academic community. The proposed edited collection intends to put together a comprehensive and fresh study of her work. Contributions may include (but are not limited to) the following topics:


Antouanneta Aggelidi’s Universe
Philosophical Methodologies
Posthuman Approaches
Gender and queer readings
Psychoanalytic Approaches
Revisiting Aggelidi’s short films
Semiotic Approaches
Aggelidi’s Visual Installations
Aggelidi in Greek Cinema
Ideologies and aesthetics in Aggelidi’s work
Uncanny and defamiliarization in Aggelidi’s work
Representation of the female body in Aggelidi’s work
Figurativity in Aggelidi’s Cinema
Architectural approaches in Aggelidi’s Cinema: Space and Time figuration
The act of playing and experimentation in Aggelidi’s cinema
Deconstruction and politics in Aggelidi’s cinema
Aggelidi’s Experimental cinema in Commercial Greek film production
Dream mechanism and film structure in Aggelidi’s cinema
Formalistic and neo-formalistic approaches in Aggelidi’s cinema
The novelty of Aggelidi’s work in experimental cinema
Female creativity and gender representation in Greek experimental cinema: Aggelidi’s work
Visual poetics in Aggelidi’s cinema
Please send your 300-word proposal and short bio to both editors of the volume, Sotiris Petridis and Penny Bouska, at the latest by 15 September 2019. Acceptances will be sent out in late September 2019. Final chapters will be expected to be around 7,000 words, in English, and referenced in Chicago endnote style. We are expecting final chapters on 01 March 2020. Our volume will be published by the University of Edinburgh Press in the ReFocus series on international directors. Series editors are Robert Singer, Gary D. Rhodes and Stefanie Van de Peer.


Please direct any enquiries or questions to:

Sotiris Petridis - sotospetridis@yahoo.gr

Penny Bouska - pennympouska@gmail.com


Sotiris Petridis