CFP: [Film] Nature and the Environment in Feature Films (8/1/08; 10/30-11/2/08)

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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

AREA: Nature and the Environment in Feature Films
This area investigates the uses and representations of nature and the
environment in feature films, rather than the more often discussed use of
documentaries to reflect on the natural world. Thanks to Al Gore, and
others, we expect and respect documentary films that address
environmental issues, but feature films can also speak to environmental
issues or provide nuanced representations of nature.

Feature films sometimes tackle the same issues and sometimes do so
Can feature films provide a forum for discussion on environmental
issues? Is such a message always sensationalized with Hollywood stars
and big budget special effects? Is this always an intersection of box
office revenue and message, with box office the only hoped for winner?

Consider films like _Day After Tomorrow_ or _There Will Be Blood_. How
do these films, and many others, represent the natural world and/or the
misuse of that world? What feature films do you identify as overtly or
more subtlety environmental? Are there directors who can tell a
cinematically good story while making environmental statements? How does
shot selection affect a response to the natural world? Can feature film
stories be more effective at sending an environmentalist message because
of the larger audiences they may reach?

Re-screen your favorite films with an eye to the natural world and
environmental considerations.

Submit a brief (200 word) abstract to by August 1, 2008.

Deborah Carmichael
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Culture
235 Bessey Hall
East Lansing MI 48824

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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