CFP: [Film] Science Fiction from Literature to the Screen

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Call for Papers
Science Fiction from Literature to the Screen (TV and/or Film) Area
2008 Film & History Conference
"Science Fiction from Literature to the Big or Small Screen"
October 30-November 2, 2008
Chicago, Illinois <>
Third-Round Deadline: August 1, 2008
Science Fiction Across the Screens

Adaptation has become a major focus of contemporary film studies, as
several recent conferences devoted to the subject and the new Oxford
University Press journal Adaptation might suggest. However, those
studies have typically downplayed or neglected two key areas of
adaptation. The first is genre narratives, as there has been relatively
little consideration given to the sort of formulaic narrativesâ€"horror,
thriller, and especially science fiction textsâ€"that largely dominate
contemporary popular cinema. A second neglected area is one of media
cross-overâ€"and cross-fertilizationâ€"particularly between film and
television, as few attempts have been made to study how these two media
increasingly influence each other’s offerings.

Science Fiction Across the Screens seeks to address both of these
neglected areas, while focusing on what is arguably the most important of
contemporary genres, science fiction. To this end, the area’s co-chairs
seek presentations that examine key texts on multiple sides of the
adaptation issue, and that can contribute to an understanding of the sort
of revisioning that is occurring today in science-fiction media.
Emphasis should be on science-fiction films that have generated
television series, on television series that have inspired popular
science-fiction films, or on other media incarnationsâ€"such as webisodes,
phonisodes, on-line fiction, etc.â€"that draw on film or televisual science-
fiction texts.

We hope that the papers for this area will offer insights into the manner
in which our popular media interact, cross-pollinate their texts, and
contribute to the reshaping of our media experiences across the
various “screens” on which we experience science fiction.

Please send your 200-word proposal by August 1, 2008, to both chairs:
Gerald Duchovnay
General Editor, Post Script
Dept. of Literature and Languages
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce, TX 75429-3011 USA
J. P. Telotte
School of Literature, Communication and Culture
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0165 USA
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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