CFP: [Film] Kidding Around: The Child in Film and Media

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Alexander Howe
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Kidding Around: The Child in Film and Media
An Interdisciplinary Conference
February 29-March 1, 2008
University of the District of Columbia

The University of the District of Columbia Film Committee invites papers
on the theme of the Child in Film and Media for an interdisciplinary
conference to be held on the UDC campus on February 29 and March 1, 2008.

Representations of children in today's media intersect with contextual
issues that demand scholarly consideration. As the academic and
commercial markets' attention to children's literature and media
increases, the need to explore how children are used, targeted, explored,
and represented in books, films, games, and toys grows. This conference
will explore how different media, particularly film, deal with
definitions of childhood, the place of the child in differing texts, and
the connections scholars and critics have made with these various forms
of media.

Papers might consider (but are not limited to) the following topics:

· Historical Intersections: Children’s Media and History
· Illustrated and Animated: Visual Representations of Children
· So Unreal: Magic and Fantasy
· Dystopia/Utopia
· [Mis]appropriations of Racial Identity in Children’s Media
· Consumerism, Corporatization, and Advertising: The Child and the
· Violence: Screen to Text
· The Elephant in the Room: Sex in Children’s Media
· Nationalistic Fantasy, Identity, and Power
· Animals Among Us: Intersections of Human and Animal
· Graphic, Anime, and Manga: New Media, New Century
· Trains and Atari: Toys, Games, and Children
· Disability and Representations of the Child
· Him/Her/It: Gender and the Child
· The Virtual Space of Childhood: From 8-bit to HD

Papers addressing individual authors and works in developing these themes
are encouraged. Panel proposals are welcome.

Please email your 250-word abstract, contact information, and a brief bio
to Alexander Howe at:

Deadline for Submissions: January 4, 2008

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