UPDATE: [Film] Is Resistance Really Futile? (5/1/08; 10/30-11/02/08)

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Cynthia Miller
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Call for Papers - Area: IS RESISTANCE REALLY FUTILE? - Mankind facing
Technology in Science-Fiction Film and Television
2008 Film & History Conference
“Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond”
October 30-November 2, 2008
Chicago, Illinois
Second-Round Deadline: May 1, 2008

Area: IS RESISTANCE REALLY FUTILE? - Mankind facing Technology in Science-
Fiction Film and Television

Science in Science Fiction films has found an icon in the futuristic
status quo of technology ever since Le Voyage dans la Lune and
Metropolis. Utopias and Dystopias on big and small screen alike present
us with the 'what ifs' of tomorrow's scientific progress. In its course,
the role of technology will have been developed from mediating between
man and his surroundings towards replacing those surroundings (and
eventually man himself?). The effects of this evolution on the human
body, mind, and soul have been the subject of countless dramatizations,
from Blade Runner and I, Robot to The Island and Gattaca, as well as Star
Trek â€" The Next Generation, Battlestar Galactica, or Futurama. How do
such films represent future science and scientists, and what are their
roles and functions? What do Science Fiction films' representations of
technological development tell us about today's hopes and concerns? In
what way does the technological environment induce the adaption of human
life? Where are the lines between human, cyborg, android, and machine?
What about the social and political implications of the technocracies to

This area investigates the effects of scientific and technological
development on the conception of future identities, selves, and minds of
man/machine as portrayed through Science Fiction film and television.
Panels may adress a wide range of topics, such as 'Memories of the
Future', 'Reproduction Tomorrow', 'Mind of the Machine', and others.
Presentations may feature (but are not limited to) analyses of individual
films and/or TV programs from the perspective of genre history,
strategies of representation, narrative structures, or film technology,
they may deal with the work of a single author or film maker, for
example 'Adaptions of the Philip K. Dick Stories', 'The Universe
according to Gene Roddenberry', or 'Matrices and Makers'. Papers could
focus on central topics such as alternate/virtual realities,
technological catastrophies, future wars, man vs. machine,
robots/androids/cyborgs, biotech and cloning, intelligent architecture,
AI, transcendence, etc.

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

Carsten Hennig, Chair of the IS RESISTANCE REALLY FUTILE? Area
        Petterweilstr. 51 Phone: +49(0)69-46994233
        60385 Frankfurt/M. Email: zukunft2.0_at_web.de

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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