CFP: [Film] Race and Science Fiction (8/1/08; 10/30-11/2/08)

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Cynthia Miller
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Call for Papers
2008 Film & History Conference
“Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond”
October 30-November 2, 2008
Chicago, Illinois
Deadline: August 1, 2008

When constructing alternative, extraterrestrial, and futuristic
societies, filmmakers must consider how different groups in these
imagined societies relate to one another. This challenge, in fact, shapes
most of the narrative issues. What are the causes of conflict? How are
these conflicts resolved? On what ethical basis are decisions made? Who
makes them? What types of identity structures determine acceptable
solutions? In determining these interactions, filmmakers often react to
or comment upon race relations in the “real” world. How, for example, do
racial stereotypes determine the characters of fictive beings? How do
references to race-oriented events (e.g., genocides, race riots,
segregation) affect the plots of science-fiction cinema? How do “ethnic”
accents or music inflect the identities of science-fiction characters? Is
there any way to de-racialize the future? Can science fiction, as a
genre, treat race in a uniquely progressive way? Or is it doomed to
replicate existing paradigms?

Proposals for single papers (15-20 minutes) should be no more than 250
words. Panel proposals (3-4 presenters) should include a description for
the entire panel in 250 words or less, followed by abstracts of no more
than 250 words for each paper. The deadline for all proposals is August
1, 2008, and should be sent to the chair:

Eric Hung (Chair: “Race and Science Fiction” Area)
Westminster Choir College of Rider University
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ 08540

Email submissions are strongly preferred.

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 E. 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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