CFP: [Film] Time Travel in Film and Television

full name / name of organization: 
Richard Berger

Revisioning Pasts and Constructing Futures: Time Travel in Film and

Richard Berger â€" Bournemouth University, UK (Editor).

This is a call for papers for a collection of essays on time travel in
film and television. After initial interest from McFarland and Company
publishers at the recent PCA/ACA conference in San Francisco, I am
seeking scholarly proposals on any aspect of time travel in film and
television drama.

The subject of time travel has been a staple topic for cinema and
television for decades, from the British television series Doctor Who, to
Donnie Darko, via Back to the Future. Therefore I am seeking proposals
on, but not exclusive to, the representation of science/technology,
adaptation/remakes, nostalgia, identity, narrative, destiny, constructed
pasts/presents/futures and postmodernity.

Texts examined by individual chapters could include Doctor Who (including
Torchwood), Quantum Leap, Stargate, Star Trek, Superman: The Movie, Life
on Mars/Ashes to Ashes etc, as well as feature films such as Donnie
Darko, The Final Countdown, The Time Machine, Bill and Ted’s Excellent
Adventure, La Jetée, 12 Monkeys, Solyaris/Solaris, as well as larger
franchises such as Terminator (including the Sarah Connor Chronicles) and
Back to the Future.

Proposals will hopefully not just confine themselves to discussing
scientific/technological time travel - usually in the science-fiction
fantasy genre - but also supernatural forms of time travel, such as
Somewhere in Time and El Orfanto.

This collection should also seek to address larger issues to do with our
fascination with imagined pasts and futures, and this might include
issues of utopia/dystopia.

Proposals are particularly welcome from graduate and research students
with an interest in this area.

For consideration and any initial enquiries, please send the following
information to Richard Berger (

1. Paper title and abstract/proposal (300 words approx.)

2. Brief CV or one-paragraph biography

3. Complete personal information: name, department, academic
institution, mailing address, and email address.

Abstracts/Proposals (300 words approx) due: May 30th, 2008

Acceptances made by June 30th, 2008

A full proposal will then be submitted to publishers for consideration.
If successful, an appropriate completion date for full papers will

Please direct any queries to the Editor.

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