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Call for Papers
2008 Film & History Conference
"Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond"
October 30-November 2, 2008
Third-Round Deadline: August 1, 2008
For centuries, re-enactmentsâ€”in the absence of camera footage or
technologyâ€”have been used to visualize aspects of science and history.
While they provide an answer to the question of what to show, re-enactments
do more than just fill in for "real" documentation. They offer an
opportunity to dramatize scientific concepts or the discovery of them, to
demonstrate theories and applications, to interpret cultural turning points
or other decisive historical events, and to explain, in general, the who,
why, and how of science.
Re-enactments are made through both live action and animation. Errol
Morris's A Brief History of Time uses chickens and eggs to raise questions
about Stephen Hawkings's theories. Episodes of PBS's NOVA series use
actors, costumes, sets, and other aspects of what normally is considered
fiction filmmaking to recreate historical and scientific moments. Animation
provides another avenue through which to render abstract concepts into more
comprehensible explanations. One sophisticated online example is Rob
Bryanton's Imagining the Tenth Dimension, which walks through 10
theoretical dimensions of time, at least according to Bryanton's theories.
This area investigates the roles of re-enactments in scientific media.
Presentations may examine recreations through their techniques, their
purposes, their interpretations, and their explanatory potential and
powers, just to name a few approaches. Presentations may evaluate
re-enactments within particular texts, compare similar re-enactments across
various texts and media, align re-enactments with other documentation of
historical events, and situate re-enactments in cultural and social
contexts. Many presentations will focus on subgenres within documentary,
such as scientific, propaganda, nature, newsreel, instructional,
biographical, compilation, ethnographic and anthropological, and even
mockumentary media. However, presentations also may examine how fiction
media represent the same events, such as Oliver's Stone's re-enactments of
the Zapruder film for JFK.
Please send your 200-word proposal by August 1, 2008, to the area chair:
Heather McIntosh, Chair of the Re-enactments Area
College of Communications
The Pennsylvania State University
115 Carnegie Building
University Park PA 16801
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
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