CFP: Ken Burns (7/30/06, Film & History, 11/8/06-11/12/06)

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Cynthia J. Miller
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Call for Papers and Sessions
November 8-12, 2006

Area CFP: Ken Burns

For more than two decades, Ken Burns has increasingly drawn the documentary=
into the limelight of American popular culture. In an era noted for the=20
de-massification of the media, Burns=92 documentaries have had a mass appeal=
that has spanned age, education, and socio-economic status. Documentaries=
such as JAZZ, Baseball, Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of=20
Discovery, and Horatio=92s Drive have given the genre a facelift =96 and=20
brought a new spark of popularity to the Public Broadcasting stations that=
brought them into viewers=92 homes. As Burns tutors Americans in Americana,=
we are called to analyze his impact on the genre, to examine his role in=20
the creation and maintenance of cultural identity, and to explore his=20
historical perspective. This call for papers seeks submissions of work from=
a wide range of orientations, exploring interpretations and impacts of=20
Burns=92 documentaries, from his early, Brooklyn Bridge (1981) through=20
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004).

Possible topics for consideration include, but are not limited to:

=B7 * An in-depth critical analysis of a single Burns documentary,=
examining its contribution and representation of
            American history.
=B7 * The use of Burns=92 films in the classroom
=B7 * =93The Burns Effect=94
=B7 * Burns=92 role in the rise of the epic documentary
=B7 * Burns=92 historical perspective on the Civil War
=B7 * Consuming Ken Burns
=B7 * Nostalgia in Burns=92 documentaries
=B7 * The book, the video, the CD =96 synergy and the Burns=
=B7 * Burns and American Biography

The Film & History League will be holding its biannual conference on "The=20
Documentary Tradition" during November 8-12, 2006, near Dallas, TX. Full=20
details on the location, featured speakers, registration procedures, and=20
additional area topics can be found on the web site at=20 Proposals for either individual papers or complete=
panels (3-4 papers) are welcomed, and submissions may be made in either=20
electronic (no attachments, please) or hard copy format. Please send panel=
proposals and/or 300-word paper abstracts no later than July 30, 2006, to:

Chair for Ken Burns Area

Prof. Cynthia Miller
Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies
Emerson College
120 Boylston St., Rm. 515
Boston, MA 02116
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