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Pro Patria Mori: Patriotism in Film & Television
full name / name of organization:
Cynthia Miller/Film & History
Call for Papers
AREA: Pro Patria Mori: Patriotism in Film and Television
Patriotism—the love of nation or country—is an abstract and malleable term, lending itself to many forms of expression and exploitation, not only by the individual but also by the group or nation itself. As both mindset and zeitgeist, "patriotism" influences filmmaking in remarkably complex ways, from militaristic propaganda to romantic allegory to cartoon farce. Lovers of countries are sometimes lovers of ideas, lovers of great social causes, lovers of anarchy, or lovers secretly of themselves.
What genres of film or characterizations of patriotic types lend themselves best to these considerations? What specific ideologies do these films promote, and what sub-cultural movements might they engender? When might filmic representations of patriotism be considered relics of propagandistic vainglory? How does love of one's country become more—or less—than honorable once a filmmaker sets in motion the actual patriot?
This area, comprising multiple panels, welcomes papers and panel proposals that examine all forms and genres of films featuring performances of patriotism/love of country. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, the following topics:
• Not-James-BOND: Liberty Loan Propaganda (The Bond, Johanna Enlists, Swat the Kaiser, Lillian Gish in a Liberty Loan Appeal)
Please send your 250-word proposal by email to the area chair:
Lisa K. Stein
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 (www.uwosh.edu/filmandhistory).