CFP: [Film] The Apollo Program (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: Film and the Apollo Program

The Apollo missions to explore the Moon generated some of the most iconic
images of the 20th century, from the sublime (the Earth rising above the
Moon’s horizon) to the ridiculous (lunar golfing). This area will examine
the many uses of Apollo imagery, from photographs of the lunar surface to
footage and narratives of astronauts, spacecraft, and other astronomical
phenomena associated with this era in space exploration. Topics might
include the following:

• Uses of the television coverage of lunar exploration
• Dramatizations (e.g., Apollo 13)
• Promotional films produced by NASA about the Apollo program
• Apollo images and propaganda, during and after the Cold War
• Documentaries produced in all media, from television to IMAX
• Experimental filmmakers’ uses of Apollo imagery
• Evocations or revisions of Apollo imagery in science fiction and
        other film genres
• Conspiracy theories that the lunar landings were faked (e.g.,
        Capricorn One or more recent TV “documentaries”)

Papers treating any of the causes or implications of Apollo-related
visual media will be considered. Please submit via e-mail proposals of
200 words by May 1, 2008, to the area chair:

Dr. Allison Whitney
Marion L. Brittain Post-doctoral Fellow
The Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia
Phone: 404-894-1024

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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