Deadline Extended: Film & HIstory, All Areas (3/1/10; 11/11-14/10)

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Cynthia J. Miller/Film & History
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Representations of Love in Film and Television
2010 Film & History Conference
November 11-14, 2010
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Milwaukee, WI

Deadline Extended! Second Round Deadline: March 1, 2010

Film & History invites proposals for individual papers, panels, and roundtables for our upcoming conference, "Representations of Love in Film and Television," to be held November 11-14, 2010, in Milwaukee, WI. Please see the list of active topic areas, below.

The conference will look at how love — as psychology, as dramatic principle, as historical agent, as cultural stage, as ethical standard — has been represented in film and television. How has the depiction of love defined a society or a period? Which people — or institutions or ideas or animals — have been promoted as subjects (or objects) of love, and which ones have not? In what ways do we love or not love because of film and television? How has the screen represented the love of country, the love of one's neighbor, the love of God, or the love of family? How has it represented the repudiation or reformulation of love, and what are the historical ramifications?

Questions about the nature of love define not just couples or parents and their children but whole communities and nations, shaping their religions, their economic policies, their media programming, their social values, their most powerful fears and ambitions. Love in each era defines the struggles worth enduring and the stories worth telling, from Gone With the Wind and Casablanca to Hamlet and Cleopatra, from The Jazz Singer and The Sound of Music to The Graduate and Boogie Nights, from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and The Ten Commandments to Easy Rider and The Right Stuff, from The 400 Blows and Life Is Beautiful to Amelie and Muriel's Wedding. This conference will examine the aesthetic representations of love on screen and will assess their historical, cultural, and philosophical implications.

Areas currently open for paper and panel submissions include:

Across the Tracks: Love and Class
Affairs of Race
Agape: Faith, God Mission
America's Love Affair with Movie Gangsters
L'Amour Noir
An American Bromance
Blaxploitation Films
The Bond Girls
The Dark Side of Love
Different Bodies
For the Love of the Fans
The Intrusion of Love
Jane Austen
Jazz and Film
Jewish-Gentile Romances
The Landscape of Love
Love (Early) American Style
Loving the Machine
Listening to the Music of Love
Love and Commitment in Fraternity/Sorority Films
Love in the Ancient World
Love and Death
Love and the Family Man
Love and Food
Love and Sex in the Graphic Novels of Alan Moore
Love at the End of Life
Love in a Time of War
Love in the Golden Age of Television
Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage
Love Thy Leader
Love and Violence
Lovers on the Side
Lust in Space
Medieval Love and Sexuality
Office Romance
Patriotism in Film and Television
Performing Love/Loving Performance
Reality-TV Love
Sex and Love in Asian Contexts
Things of Love/The Love of Things
Vampire Love
Women and Children First: Gender and Ethics
Writers in Love

(Additional area proposals continue to be welcome.)

We are also delighted to welcome director and film theorist Dr. Laura Mulvey, as the conference's keynote speaker. Dr. Mulvey, professor of film and media studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, is widely known for her influential essay, "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" (1975), and is also the author of _Death 24x a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image_ (2006), and _Fetishism and Curiosity_ (1996), along with numerous articles. Her films, co-written and co-directed with Peter Wollen, are recognized for their complex explorations of identity, symbolism, and the female experience.

Please consult our website (, or email Director of Communications, Cynthia Miller, at, for additional information.