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Pola Negri Conference | Call for Papers

We encourage speakers to submit proposals for presentations at the "Pola Negri and the Vicissitudes of Stardom" conference, which will take place in FINA on April 19–20th, 2018. Deadline for submissions: February 15th, 2018.
from: THU   19 / 04 / 2018
to: FRI   20 / 04 / 2018
National Film Archive–Audiovisual Institute Wałbrzyska 3/5
02-739 Warsaw

We can say that 2017 was the year of Pola Negri: she was born 120 years earlier, it’s the 30th anniversary of her death, and the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Bestia, the only surviving film from the early Polish period of her career. On this occasion the National Film Archive-Audiovisual Institute has carried out a restoration project of the film. The Polish re-premiere will take place in April 2018 at the annual Silent Movie Festival (Święto Niemego Kina).

Pola Negri will be the main theme of both the festival and an International Conference, organized by FINA, with additional support by film scholars from leading Polish universities, in conjunction with the Giornate del Cinema Muto and in collaboration with EYE Filmmuseum.

The conference will serve as a platform for exchanging information on the latest findings and offers a forum for exploring various aspects of Pola’s Negri career, including her legacy today, as well as the people of her epoch who shaped her artistic education, and those she in turn influenced.

Practical information

The FINA’s International Conference, attached to ŚNK 2018, will take place in Warsaw, Wałbrzyska 3/5, from 19 to 20 April 2018. There is no conference fee. Participants are also invited to screenings and side events of the ŚNK at the Cinema Iluzjon.

Please send proposals (max. 350 words) along with a short bio (max. 100 words) to polaconference@gmail.com before 15 February.

Topics of interest

The Polish beginnings

Polish theatrical and dance scene in the 1910s (The Warsaw Imperial Ballet School and its teachers at the beginning of the 20th century; the Imperial Academy of Dramatic Arts; Warszawskie Teatry Rządowe; Teatr Mały).
Key figures (Alexander Hertz; Honorata Leszczyńska; Kazimierz Hulewicz/Casimir de Hulewicz; Ryszard Ordyński; Eugeniusz Dąmbski/Eugene Dambski; Jadwiga Smosarska as Sphinx’s next star following Negri’s departure for Germany).
The Sphinx Studio and Polish cinema culture during the First World War

Pola Negri in Germany

Max Reinhardt and Negri’s theatre tours with the impresario
Kurt Matull and Saturn-Film
Eugen Illés
Negri’s creative relationship with Ernst Lubitsch

Negri in the U.S.

Was her U.S. career the failure that is now accepted as fact?
How did the Hollywood publicity machine affect her career and legacy?
Did Negri "adapt" her style to suit Hollywood tastes?
Coverage of Negri in the Polish émigré newspapers

The coming of sound

The place of Paul Czinner's "The Way of Lost Souls" in her oeuvre
Negri’s early American sound films
Return to Germany, 1934-38

In addition to the above themes, we encourage scholars to also consider the following as suitable topics for exploration:

Pola Negri as the inspiration for other actresses (whether imitation or parody)
Pola Negri as a fashion icon/trendsetter and as pop culture icon
The enduring legacy of Negri’s dance training in her performances
The evolution of Negri’s image
Negri’s legendary status in the Polish pre- and postwar collective imagination
Negri’s 1970 autobiography Memoirs of a Star and a discussion of its errors and misinformation

Scientific Committee

Karolina Brzozowska (FINA)
Barbara Giza, Prof. (SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities/FINA)
Paulina Haratyk (FINA)
Michał Oleszczyk, Ph.D. (Warsaw University)
Małgorzata Radkiewicz, Prof. (Jagiellonian University)
Grzegorz Rogowski (FINA)
Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi (EYE Filmmuseum)
Monika Talarczyk-Gubała, Prof. (Lodz Film School)
Katarzyna Wajda (FINA)
Jay Weissberg (Pordenone Silent Film Festival)
Elżbieta Wysocka, Ph.D. (FINA)

Organizing Commitee (FINA)

Karolina Brzozowska
Paulina Haratyk
Katarzyna Mikstal
Michał Pieńkowski
Grzegorz Rogowski
Katarzyna Wajda
Elżbieta Wysocka

See also