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

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Cynthia Miller
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Westerns and Science Fiction: Horse Operas/Space Operas
2008 Film & History Conference
“Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond”
October 30-November 2, 2008
Chicago, Illinois
Third-Round Deadline: August 1, 2008

AREA: Westerns and Science Fiction: Horse Operas/Space Operas

Considerable critical work has been done on popular genres and on the
formulas, themes, and character types associated with those genres. The
popularity of science fiction in print, in film, and on television
alongside the popularity of the western in its various manifestations
cannot be ignored--nor can media artifacts in which the two have been
blended (the 1934 Gene Autry serial The Phantom Empire, for example) or
in which one has provided a blueprint for the other (Star Trek as “a
Wagon Train to the stars”).

Papers and/or panels should offer connections and/or disconnections
between science fiction and westerns. Obviously, the concept of
the “frontier” is shared by both, but other possible topics of
exploration include these:

Adaptation -- Star Trek and Wagon Train or Outland and High Noon
Autry’s Phantom Empire and Lucas’ Phantom Menace â€" The Queen Is In Danger!
The Westerns Within the Stars Wars saga
Spock & Kirk and Tonto & The Lone Ranger.
Firefly as Space Western
Buck Rogers and Roy Rogers, or Six-Guns and Ray Guns
Buster Crabbe of the B-Movies as Flash Gordon and as Billy the Kid
Colonization in the Western and in Science Fiction â€" The Empire Expands
Early 1950’s TV: From Captain Video and Space Patrol to Western Fare
The Faint Female in the Arms of a Robot/Indian/Monster/Outlaw â€" Images of
Women in S-F and Western Films
Science Fiction and Westerns â€" Where Formulas Converge and When They
The Graphic Novel Cowboys and Aliens
Reconstructed or Fragmented Genre Theory
The Western as Mythologized/Demythologized Past, Sci-Fi as Speculative

Please send your 200-word proposal by August 1, 2008, to the Area Chair:

Dr. Ray Merlock
Director, Interdisciplinary Studies
University of South Carolina Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg SC 29303
(864) 503-5646


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 Roger Launius, Chief Historian at
NASA (1990-2002) and Senior Curator at Smithsonian’s National Air and
Space Museum, our Keynote Speaker. For updates and registration
information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website

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