CFP: [Film] Corporate, Educational and Industrial Films (5/1/08; 10/30-11/2/08)

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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: Corporate, Educational, and Industrial films: Exploring the wonders
of science
>From A is for Atom, produced by John Sutherland, to Alphabet Conspiracy,
produced by Frank Capra, science-education films have long sought to
explain the wonders of science to school children. And, as recent
catalogs from media distributors demonstrate, such films continue to
explain scientific discoveries, practices, or ideas to students,
employees, and general audiences. What are the strengths of these films?
What are their limits? How do they affect our conception of science and
scientists? What culture do they spring from or shape?

Paper topics might include analysis of contemporary science-ed films;
theoretical explorations of ideology and scientific inquiry;
representations of disciplining the body or the environment; analysis of
single films or series; histories of particular producers or
distributors; cultural/historical contexts of these films; depictions of
science debates/controversies; and analysis of industrial or sponsored
The Corporate, Educational and Industrial Films genre comprises so-
called “orphan” films; they lack the provenance of the feature films,
which supply the bulk of material for film studies. But their effect on
science has been large and systematic. This Area hopes to rescue these
films from obscurity and provide a platform for scholarly engagement and
Please send your 200-word proposal by May 1, 2008 to the area chair:

Elizabeth Heffelfinger, Area Chair

Assistant Professor
English Department
Western Carolina University
305 Coulter Building
Cullowhee, NC 28723

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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