CFP: NBC's "West Wing" (no deadline noted; collection)

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Peter Rollins (current Editor of Film & History) and John E. O'Connor
(founder of Film & History) are negotiating a contract for a book on
the soon-to-be-award-winning series WEST WING. (The series
has received 18 Emmy nominations.) The book will be published by a major
university press with special interest in television
and film studies.

The papers will emerge from the forthcoming Presidency in Film and
TV conference to be held at the Ronald Reagan Library, November 10-12,
just after the presidential election. We are hoping to see members of the
cast, crew, and creative core of the series at the conference, but those
negotiations are going forward presently.

We seek conference participants and contributors on the following
topics, among others....

1. _The American President_ as preface to _West Wing_.

2. Themes of the series in relation to contemporary politics.

3. Specific episodes: close readings and interpretations.

4. Major characters in the series and their messages.

5. Mise en scene and theme in _West Wing_.

6. Aaron Sorkin as auteur.

7. The issue of character and White House service.

8. White House staff and West Wing Staff.

9. Other inventive topics

We are assuming that there are young scholars of media and
society out there who are looking for new territory to study.
Here is your chance; give a paper at our conference and then
embellish it afterward for our anthology. Rollins and O'Connor
will work with you to make your articles publishable. Participation
in the conference will get the ball rolling....

Peter Rollins

Peter C. Rollins, Editor
Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and TV Studies
(Web site:
RR 3 Box 80
Cleveland, OK 74020
(918)243-7637 and fax 5995

Comments: Individual subscription information on the web site
as well as information and FAQ's about the CD-ROMs. There are
also discussion items and essays on Saving Private Ryan, Amistad,
CNN's Cold War, and a host of other topics. The Table of Contents
for the last thirty years is there as well. Lastest issues deal with the
Medieval Era in film. Next issues will focus on Television as
Historian and edited by Gary Edgerton (Old Dominion U).

Next conference is in November, 2000 on The Presidency in Film
at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California
(45 mins. north of LAX). Information and registration details are on
the web site!


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