CFP: World War I (7/25/06; Film & History, 11/08/06-11/12/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Ross Melnick
contact email:

2006 Film and History League Conference
"The Documentary Tradition" Dallas 8-12 November 2006

AREA: World War I

Early film historian Terry Ramsaye once wrote that World War I "contributed
nothing whatever to the art of the motion picture." This call for papers
asks whether Ramsaye's dismissal was warranted or whether, like much of
World War I filmmaking, the production of newsreels, documentaries,
propaganda films, etc. had a much wider impact on international film
production and exhibition than previously considered.

This area seeks panels and individual submissions on all aspects of World
War I documentaries, including but definitely not limited to:

- Individual films and filmmakers

- National cinemas

- Wartime newsreels

- Coverage of specific battles

- Film exhibition during the war

- International distribution during this period

- Depictions of national identity, race, ethnicity, gender and/or

- Use of "real" footage in WWI fiction films

- Patriotic music utilized for war film exhibition

- The production (and/or exhibition) of WWI documentaries and
newsreels in a specific country or region

- The Committee on Public Information / CPI's "Official War Review"

- Post-war documentaries about WWI

- Propaganda

Send proposals (200 to 400 words) and inquiries via email to:

Ross Melnick
Director of the Collection
Museum of the Moving Image
35 Avenue at 36 Street
Astoria, New York 11106 or

Deadline for submission is July 25, 2006.

The Film and History League conference details can be found at The meeting will run from 8-12 November, 2006 in the
Dolce Conference Center near the DFW airport. A spectrum of other areas will
evolve on the web site over time.

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