Film Stardom in the 1950s (November 15, 2014; Proposals due August 1, 2014)

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Kylo-Patrick R. Hart, Dept. of Film, Television and Digital Media, TCU
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We invite presentation proposals pertaining to any aspect(s) of film stardom in the 1950s, to be featured in a special series of panels at the Analyzing the 1950s: Media, Politics, Culture Conference, which will be held at Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas) on Saturday, November 15, 2014. This daylong conference promises to provide an intellectually stimulating investigation into the complex phenomenon that was "The Fifties," whether cinematically or otherwise.

Possible topics may include (but are certainly not limited to) authenticity, Bette Davis, charisma, CinemaScope and stardom, Doris Day, Elvis Presley, films noir and cold war culture, gender expectations and film stardom, James Dean, Joan Crawford, John Wayne, Kim Novak, male stars in gray flannel suits, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, masculinities, melodrama, mid-century cinematic icons and stars, Montgomery Clift, race and stardom, Rock Hudson, queerness and stardom, and the studio system.

We encourage submissions from scholars, educators, students, and film enthusiasts at all levels, and from disciplines including communication, cultural studies, film studies, history, media studies, popular culture, sociology, and women's studies, among others. Individual paper presentations will be limited to 20 minutes in length.

Given adequate participant interest and high-quality submissions, we are hoping to publish selected papers (with author's permission) in a special collection of essays pertaining to the conference theme.

Please e-mail presentation proposals containing (a) a one-page abstract with complete contact information (name, institutional affiliation, mail and e-mail addresses, contact telephone number) and (b) a one-paragraph author biography to Professor Kylo-Patrick Hart ( on or before Friday, August 1, 2014.

Decisions regarding the status of submitted proposals will be made and communicated as quickly as possible following the submission deadline, and certainly no later than August 15, 2014. For specific inquiries prior to submitting a proposal, please contact Dr. Hart at your convenience by e-mail (