CFP: [Film] Steven Spielberg (8/1/08; 10/30-11/2/08)

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Cynthia Miller
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Steven Spielberg Area
2008 Film & History Conference
“Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond”
October 30-November 2, 2008
Chicago, Illinois
Third-Round Deadline: August 1, 2008

AREA: Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg has documented historical events, enlightened audiences
with visions of scientific discovery, and gauged its consequences in
dramatic and humane terms. Science acquires a distinctively narrative
charm under Spielberg’s direction, which often looks at the empirical
world through the eyes of an innocent, often those of a childâ€"whether he
rides a bike to middle school or dons a hat and teaches at a university.
The world of science and technology is, in Spielberg’s vision, a world of
wonder and adventure.

Danger in a Spielberg film often enters through the figure of the
bureaucrat. Civilization threatens to dwarf and dehumanize the
individual. What role does scienceâ€"as an activity of the mind and as a
product of technological practiceâ€"play in the progress of civilization?
How does Spielberg regard scientific intelligence? Whom does technology
benefit in his visionâ€"and why? What role do women or minorities play in
his conception of science? When does scientific accuracy matter to him?
This area solicits papers that address the various conflicts in
Spielberg’s films between science and society.

Please send your 200-word proposal by August 1, 2008, to the Area Chair:

Professor Pat McGuire, Chair of Steven Spielberg Area
Department of Communication Arts
Media Studies, Valdosta State University
1500 N. Patterson Street, Nevins Hall #1012
Valdosta, GA 31698


Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each
presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. Deadline for third-
round proposals: August 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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