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CFP: Teachers, Teaching, and the Movies (6/15/07; 10/25/07-10/27/07)
full name / name of organization:
Bruns, John E.
Call for Papers
TEACHERS, TEACHING, AND THE MOVIES
College of Charleston,
This conference will focus on an under-examined topic in the fields of education and film studies: the way narrative cinema represents teachers, teaching, and learning.
Though the cinema has a long tradition of taking school life and teachers as subjects for its stories, relatively little scholarly attention have been given to filmic representations of educational themes. Such is especially surprising given that films have shaped much of how the general public views the teaching profession and education. Films have circulated powerful, though often uncomplicated, representations of teachers and influenced our sense of what meaningful educational experiences are supposed to look like and how good teachers create them. Such representations have also shaped our understanding of the dynamics of teacher-student relationships and the roles (positive and negative) that teachers play in the lives of students and the larger community. In short, the movies have become unlikely authoritative texts on what counts as good education. But have the stories that films tell about teachers become so formulaic, so "natural," that other more complex and courage!
"Teachers, Teaching, and the Movies" will critically examine these and related issues pertaining to film and the representation of teachers and schools. The conference will also explore the use of films in pedagogy--its educational potential as well as its problems and pitfalls.
Henry A. Giroux
Henry A. Giroux is one of the leading critical pedagogy scholars in North America and author of dozens of essays on education, politics, and popular culture. His books include Educational Leadership and the Crisis of Democratic Culture and Corporate Culture and the attack on Higher Education and Public Schooling. He is also co-editor of several books, including Popular Culture, Schooling, and Everyday Life, and Cultural Studies and Education: Towards a Performative Practice.
Robert C. Bulman
Robert C. Bulman's academic pursuits have focused on understanding the dynamic that exists between film, education, and culture. His research, scholarly, and creative interests are devoted to topics on education and social inequality, adolescence, and Hollywood films and American culture. He is author of Hollywood Goes to High School: Cinema, Schools and American Culture.
The organizers invite paper proposals from a range of disciplines (education, film studies, sociology, history, English, etc.). Some possible topics include:
--Where did Mr. Chips come from? What are the philosophical and historical roots of that archetype of the good teacher, Mr. Chips?
Please send proposals of no more than 500 words to one of the conference organizers by June 15, 2007:
John Bruns, Assistant Professor