Call For Papers: Critical Essays on the Films of Hirokazu Koreeda

The editors of Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema (three volumes, Cambridge Scholars Publishing) are seeking proposals for the first volume of a new series focusing on prominent but less scrutinized filmmakers. The inaugural edition will examine the work of Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda. A master of the contemporary drama who has explored trauma, loss and identity through documentary and fiction, Koreeda has become a widely respected name on the festival circuit.

Critical Essays on the Films of Hirokazu Koreeda seeks informed but accessible essays analyzing themes or formal features in the director’s body of work. Paper proposals should contain a 300-500 word summary of the essay, and the author’s qualifications for taking on the project. (A current CV can be attached in lieu of a summary.)

Essays may focus on a particular film directed by Koreeda or themes and elements that span the director’s body of work.

Completed essays should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words, though length is negotiable. The deadline for proposals is November 15, 2016. The deadline for final essays is anticipated to be July 1, 2017.

This anthology will be curated and edited by Kenneth R. Morefield (Associate Professor of English, Campbell University) and Doug Cummings (critic and programmer; Graduate Teaching Assistant of Cinema & Media Studies, University of Southern California).

For questions or to submit a proposal, please contact Dr. Morefield at

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