CFP: [Film] Military Science, the Science of War (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
“Military Science, the Science of War” Area
Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond
October 30-November 2, 2008
Chicago, Illinois
Second-Round Deadline: May 1, 2008

Area: Military Science, the Science of War

Many filmmakers have attempted to capture the essence of warfare, the
experience of the soldier, and the effect of war on the civilian
population. Sometimes these representations have been romanticized and
distorted realityâ€"in service of what? And sometimes they have accurately
chronicled what it means to wage war. How much does it matter that
filmmakers get “right” the science of warfareâ€"the logistics, the
techniques and tactics, the machinery, the principles of engagement, the
social and cultural negotiations? What happens to our sense of war when
its causes or effects are fictionalized or distorted? In what ways do
films about war prepare or handicap citizens for the exigencies of real
combat? And how are soldiers themselves affected by military fictions?

This area examines how cinema and television represent the science,
practice, and ethics of war. Panelists can use documentaries, movies,
television programs, or other cinematic media. Presenters are not limited
to American representations; foreign films and productions are welcome.

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

Dr. Daniel Paliwoda, Chair of the Military Science, the Science of War
United States Military Academy at West Point
Department of English
Bldg 607 Cullum Road
West Point, NY 10996 and

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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