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Deadline Extended: Film & HIstory, All Areas (3/1/10; 11/11-14/10)
full name / name of organization:
Cynthia J. Miller/Film & History
Representations of Love in Film and Television
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
(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.