Agape: Faith, God, Mission

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Call for Papers
"Agape: Faith, God, Mission"
2010 Film & History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television
November 11-14, 2010
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Second Round Deadline: November 1, 2009

AREA: Agape: Faith, God, Mission

"The cinema has always been interested in God." Thus begins Andre Bazin's essay "The Cinema and Theology," noting that portrayals of religious stories and elements were interwoven with cinema from its very origins. Filmmakers love religious topics, venues, characters, and even values. From the customs of the Mexican Mennonites in Silent Light to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Persepolis to the insulation of the Catholic hierarchy in Angels & Demons, religion pervades the films of every nation.

This area invites papers that examine the intersections between religion and film, both thematically and structurally. How does the cinema fictionalize the love of God ("agape")? How does it re-draw relationships within a community? How does it portray religious groups either inside or outside the popular culture? When and why is the "love" of God redefined to provoke sympathy or judgment?

This area seeks a global perspective, for, although agape is associated with Christianity, all papers on faith communities that explore the cinematic representation of the love of the Divine are welcome.

Please send your 200-word proposals by e-mail to the area chair:

Zachary Ingle, Area Chair
University of Kansas
Oldfather Studios
1621 W 9th St
Lawrence, KS 66048 (e-mail submissions preferred)

Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (