Cinephilia: The Love of Film (11/1/09; 11/11-14/10)

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Cynthia Miller /Film and History
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Call for Papers
"Cinephilia: The Love of Film"
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: Cinephilia: The Love of Film

As celluloid film has been replaced by portable media, easy access to films has exploded, creating the largest generation of cineastes, fans, and cult followings in media history--even as traditionalists bemoan the loss of an "authentic" cinematic experience. What happens to our emotional response when films meant for towering screens and massive audiences become private screenings? What happens to our intellectual response? What relationships have emerged because of individual control over the medium itself? Have new textual, franchise, or genre experiences evolved, or have they replaced a more general cinephilia altogether? Do audiences still "love films" in the same way they did thirty, forty, or fifty years ago?

This area, comprising multiple panels, welcomes paper and panel proposals that examine all historical and contemporary manifestations of cinephilia, film fandom, and cult devotion. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

• Historical forms of cinephilia, especially cinephilia in the contemporary era of home video and digital media
• Theorization about cinephilia – why do people love films?
• Films about cinephilia (Cinema Paradiso, The Dreamers) or filmmakers whose work is an expression of cinephilia (Woody Allen, Quentin Tarantino)
• Why and how cults and fanbases develop around certain films
• Practices and behaviors associated with cult film appreciation
• Cinephilia centered on certain genres, modes or aesthetic styles
• Film star or director fandom

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

Adam Capitanio
Area Chair
Michigan State University
235 Bessey Hall
East Lansing, MI 48823
Email: (email 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 (