CFP: [Film] Time Travel (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
Third-Round Deadline: August 1, 2008


H.G.Wells novel The Time Machine (1895) was published in an era when
cinema and the cinematic apparatus were just developing. Indeed, as
Mèliés was to discover around this time, by judicious use of editing, the
cinematic apparatus itself might emulate a time machine in its
manipulation of time and narrative sequence. This notion was explored in
the Truffaut’s time-travel narrative, La Jetee, which skillfully
constructs a story using still-frame images with voice-over. Cinema
history is replete with such narratives. But the future and the past
usually exist in order to understand the problems of the present, be it
the threat of nuclear war, as in The Time Machine (1960), or the
dysfunctions of nuclear families, as in Back to the Future (1984).

Paper topics are invited on but not limited to the following:

-time-travel narratives within the context of their socio-historic
-narrative devices such as the causal time loop
-use of specific theoretical models of narrative interrogation (such as
psychoanalytic, carvivalesque, discursive, Deleuzian, postmodern and
semiotic perspectives)
-philosophical considerations (such as free will and determinism,
religious and ritualistic perspectives)
-notions of the traveler as tourist
-depictions of H. G. Wells as time traveler
-media apparatus as time machine (for instance, the television in
Pleasantville, the virtual world in Strange Days and The Thirteenth Floor)
-the rules and regulations of time travel and parallel worlds

Papers may also include examples from television and graphic novels,
where appropriate.

Please send your 300-word proposal by AUGUST 1, 2008, to the area chair:

Joan Ormrod, Chair, Time Travel Area
Manchester Metropolitan University
Department of History of Art and Design
Righton Building
Cavendish St
Manchester UK
M15 6BG


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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