Call for Papers

Frames Cinema Journal
Issue 15, Summer 2019

Cultural Memories and National Ideologies: Exploring Political Myths Through Cinema.


Political myths operate with varying levels of visibility in our everyday lives. They are a fundamental component of our everyday perception, functioning as an influential ideological and emotional force within social life. They serve vital sociological functions, articulating the hopes and fears of a given society and uniting disjointed people through forms of collective identity deemed acceptable and gratifying. Political myths function as vehicles of political doctrine utilised by all social groups in the consolidation of their respective ideologies. Consequently, such myths are often perceived as inherent truths endowed with the strength and conviction of religious belief by those invested in them and delusions and fallacies by those who are not.

Cinema, one may argue, is the consummate medium of modern day political mythmaking. In our contemporary media society, images and sounds play an increasing role in the shaping of our perceptions and social experiences, moulding the very structures of daily life. Films help contribute to the construction of our political values, our social identities, our understanding of what it is to be a certain class, ethnicity, gender or sexuality. Films shape our morality, dictating what is good and evil, right and wrong. By transcoding the discourses of the social world into images, films present audiences with the materials through which they construct their subjectivities.

All films may be considered mythopoeic in that they communicate ideologically-laden narratives that operate in competition with alternative ideologically-imbued political myths and discourses. This issue of Frames Cinema Journal will explore how political myths operate cinematically, exploring how films impart mythopoeic discourse while also engaging with films that present mythoclastic counter narratives that endeavour to challenge the political myths of given society.

We are eager to hear from contributors working on all aspects of film studies who share an interest in the multifarious connections between cinema and political mythology. We seek to foster a discussion that is not restricted by genre, time-period, industry, culture, nation, etc.


Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Mythical ideologies on screen.
  • Cinema and mythical historical memory.
  • Cinema, sociology and political myths.
  • The mythical representation of people (individuals or groups).
  • The mythical representation of space.
  • Cinema as a site of competing political myths.
  • Cinematic challenges to political mythology.

The Guest Editor for this issue is Dr Philip Mann.


We seek submissions for our features section (5,000-7,000 words), our POV section (1,000-3,000 words), and our book review section (1,000-1,500 words), as well as video essay contributions engaging with the proposed topics. Video submissions should be uploaded to a streaming platform (Vimeo, YouTube, etc. – preferably password protected). The relevant URL, password, abstract, and bio should be provided to the editors.

Proposal abstracts should be no more than 250 words (plus brief bio and indicative bibliography). Please follow the Frames Cinema Journal style guide.

Proposal deadline: 28th February 2019

Please submit your proposal to:

Darae Kim and Andrea Gelardi (editors-in-chief)


About Frames Cinema Journal

Frames Cinema Journal, based at the University of St Andrews, is an online biannual publication offering a space for cutting-edge research and ongoing discussions among media scholars and those interested in intellectual discussions about the ever-changing frames of the field.

ISSN Number: 2053-8812