CFP: [Film] Re-enactments Area (5/1/08; 10/30-11/2/08)

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Cynthia Miller
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Call for Papers
2008 Film & History Conference
"Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond"
October 30-November 2, 2008
Chicago, Illinois
Second-Round Deadline: May 1, 2008

AREA: Re-enactments

For centuries, re-enactmentsâ€"in the absence of camera footage or
technologyâ€"have been used to visualize aspects of science and history.
While they provide an answer to the question of what to show, re-
enactments do more than just fill in for "real" documentation. They offer
an opportunity to dramatize scientific concepts or the discovery of them,
to demonstrate theories and applications, to interpret cultural turning
points or other decisive historical events, and to explain, in general,
the who, why, and how of science.

Re-enactments are made through both live action and animation. Errol
Morris's A Brief History of Time uses chickens and eggs to raise
questions about Stephen Hawkings's theories. Episodes of PBS's NOVA
series use actors, costumes, sets, and other aspects of what normally is
considered fiction filmmaking to recreate historical and scientific
moments. Animation provides another avenue through which to render
abstract concepts into more comprehensible explanations. One
sophisticated online example is Rob Bryanton's Imagining the Tenth
Dimension, which walks through 10 theoretical dimensions of time, at
least according to Bryanton's theories.

This area investigates the roles of re-enactments in scientific media.
Presentations may examine recreations through their techniques, their
purposes, their interpretations, and their explanatory potential and
powers, just to name a few approaches. Presentations may evaluate re-
enactments within particular texts, compare similar re-enactments across
various texts and media, align re-enactments with other documentation of
historical events, and situate re-enactments in cultural and social
contexts. Many presentations will focus on subgenres within documentary,
such as scientific, propaganda, nature, newsreel, instructional,
biographical, compilation, ethnographic and anthropological, and even
mockumentary media. However, presentations also may examine how fiction
media represent the same events, such as Oliver's Stone's re-enactments
of the Zapruder film for JFK.

Please send your 200-word proposal by May 1, 2008, to the area chair:

Heather McIntosh, Chair of the Re-enactments Area
College of Communications
The Pennsylvania State University
115 Carnegie Building
University Park PA 16801

Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each
presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. Deadline for second-
round proposals: May 1, 2008

This area, comprising multiple panels, is a part of the 2008 biennial
Film & History Conference, sponsored by The Center for the Study of Film
and History. Speakers will include founder John O'Connor and editor Peter
C. Rollins (in a ceremony to celebrate the transfer to the University of
Wisconsin Oshkosh); Wheeler Winston Dixon, author of Visions of the
Apocalypse, Disaster and Memory, and Lost in the Fifties: Recovering
Phantom Hollywood; Sidney Perkowitz, Charles Howard Candler Professor of
Physics at Emory University and author of Hollywood Science: Movies,
Science, & the End of the World; and special-effects legend Stan Winston,
our Keynote Speaker. For updates and registration information about the
upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website

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