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SAMLA 2022 : The Soul of Cinema: Essays on Arts & Faith’s Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films


When Nov 11, 2022 - Nov 13, 2022
Where Jacksonville, FL
Submission Deadline Jul 15, 2022
Notification Due Jul 18, 2022
Final Version Due Nov 4, 2022
Categories    film studies

Call For Papers

The Soul of Cinema: Essays on Arts & Faith’s Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films

Since 2004, readers and writers at the Art & Faith web site have created six lists of “spiritually significant” films, culminating in its 2020 iteration of the group’s Top 100 films. (To see this list visit To celebrate the most recent list, the editors will be hosting a session at the 2022 South Atlantic Modern Language Association meeting in Jacksonville, Florida. The conference will be held November 11-13, 2022.

This Traditional Session welcomes submissions on any aspect examining the Arts & Faith Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films list. Abstracts addressing the conference theme are especially welcome. By July 15, 2002, please submit an abstract of 500 words, a brief bio, and any A/V or scheduling requests to Dr. Kenneth R. Morefield (Campbell University), at

Abstracts are sought that explain the spiritual significance of one or more of the films on the list. Additional topics that are of interest include: auteur theory, canonicity in film studies, the history and development of the Arts & Faith Top 100 (how the list has changed since its inception), gender and sexuality, race, and differences between spirituality and religion.

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