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Teacher, Teach Me Love: Student-Teacher Relationships in Film and Television (6/1/10; 11/11-14/10)
full name / name of organization:
Cynthia Miller/Film & History
Call for Papers
Third Round Deadline: June 1, 2010
AREA: Teachers and Students in Film and Television
From Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), to La Mala Educacion (2004), teacher-student relationships on film and television have been fraught with powerful emotions, from love and inspiration, to frustration and fear. While these relationships might immediately conjure up images of Gabe Kaplan’s “Mr. Kotter,” or Sidney Poitier’s “Mark Thackeray” the possibilities for discussion extend well beyond the classroom – from the gym in Million Dollar Baby (2004), to the temple in Kung Fu (1972), to special ops school in La Femme Nikita (1990).
This panel brings together presenters on film and/or television who will examine the emotional charge and cultural baggage showcased by treatments of the teacher, student, and “classroom.” It would be exciting to see, for instance, proposals to investigate the way selected films or television programs dramatize, sentimentalize, satirize, sexualize, problematize, or otherwise interrogate this clearly topical relationship; ideally, presenters would illustrate key insights using brief clips from the selected media. Additionally illuminating would be references to texts that advance a theoretical purchase on the teacher-student relationship in general and/or the commentary on this relationship that is evidenced by selected film(s) or program(s) in particular.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
* Teaching and the love of the subject (Dead Poet’s Society; October Sky)
* Teaching as “risky business” (The Man Without a Face; Dangerous Minds; The Substitute)
* The teacher as spiritual guide (Kung Fu; Harry Potter; The Karate Kid)
* A lifetime of students (Mr. Holland’s Opus; Goodbye, Mr. Chips)
* Prodigies and protégés (Good Will Hunting, August Rush)
* Teaching and Transgression (School of Rock, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie)
Please send your 200-word proposal by e-mail to the area chair:
Suzanne Diamond, Area Chair
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).