CFP: Women in the Sciences (11/1/07; Film & History, 10/30/08-11/2/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Sally Hilgendorff
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Call for Papers
Women in the Sciences Area
2008 Film & History Conference
"Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond"
October 30-November 2, 2008
Chicago, Illinois
First-Round Deadline: November 1, 2007

Area: "Count Me In!": The Inclusion of Women in the Sciences

When former Harvard President Larry Summers asserted that women lack the
scientific mettle to compete with men, he provided only the latest example
of misogyny in the sciences. Women continue to face real obstacles, even at
research institutions like WISELI (Women in Science and Engineering
Leadership Institute). Unfortunately, the occasional appointment of women
to high-ranking positions at technical universities (such as MIT and Lehigh)
does not offset these cultural hurdles, which draw so much of their weight
from film and television.

Ranging from early the book-to-film successes of Rachel Carson's "Silent
Spring" and Diane Fossey's "Gorillas in the Mist" to the solution-seeking
documentaries "The Gender Chip Project" and "Women Who Walk Through Time,"
from sexed-up television fantasies featuring bionic women, crime science
investigators, spaceship personnel, and aliens to the questioning heroine
embodied by Marlee Matlin in "What the Bleep?!...," this area will examine
the portrayals of women in the sciences or science fiction. How has the
feminist movement been incorporated, represented, revised, or rejected
within these constructs? Are there other social, cultural, or ideological
movements that have served to undermine or support the female presence in
science? Does the future for women appear to be brighter through these

We welcome papers that explore these and other questions concerning women
and the sciences. Topics are not restricted to American media

Please send your 200-word proposal by November 1, 2007 to:

Sally Hilgendorff, Chair, Women in the Sciences Area
Principal Historian
Show Me History!
43 Wakefield Street
Reading, MA 01867

Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each
presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. Deadline for
first-round proposals: November 1, 2007.

This area, comprising multiple panels, is a part of the 2008 biennial Film &
History Conference, sponsored by The Center for the Study of Film and
History. Speakers will include founder John O'Connor and editor Peter C.
Rollins (in a ceremony to celebrate the transfer to the University of
Wisconsin Oshkosh); Wheeler Winston Dixon, author of Visions of the
Apocalypse, Disaster and Memory, and Lost in the Fifties: Recovering Phantom
Hollywood; and Emmy award-winning writer and producer John Rubin. For
updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the
Film & History website (
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