CFP: [Film] Bioethics (5/1/08; 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
Second-Round Deadline: May 1, 2008

AREA: Bioethics
Bioethics got its start in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. In that time
period, the U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study (1932-72) raised
concerns about human experimentation, eugenics, and false dichotomies in
discussions of race and gender, as well as concerns about abortion laws,
nuclear proliferation and experiments, and the Geneva Accords as a
response to information gleaned on Nazi “doctors” during the Holocaust.
These events led historians and philosophers to realize that research, as
well as practice, had emerged as an ethical crisis in medicine, nursing,
allied health, animal and veterinary sciences, pharmaceuticals,
agriculture, and public health. With the development of biotechnology and
the rise of global capitalism, basic ethical concepts have been
interrogated, such as personhood, traditional virtues, health education,
and the collective responsibility for health and creative growth. The
cinema of this historical era, continuing into the present, has
accompanied the development of new philosophical questions about the
health sciences. Earlier films, as well, may be considered as precursors
to bioethical thinking.

The Area is about the rich and pluralistic historical relation between
film and bioethics. Film, television (including news), and/or new/digital
media are appropriate considerations. Topics might include the depiction
of physicians/practitioners and/or researchers in features,
documentaries, TV Series, “art” films, or genres (No Way Out,
Frankenstein [any version], The Cider House Rules, Dirty Pretty Things);
changes or trends in bioethical considerations, appearing in genres over
time (TV medical/physician-themed series, Jurassic Park, The Boys from
Brazil, Blade Runner); philosophical and/or geopolitical aspects of
bioethics and cinema, e.g. Bergsonian, Deleuzian, neo-Kantian, or
phenomenological concerns (Last Year at Marienbad, Godard, Bergman, Wings
of Desire, Herzog, Gattaca); hegemonic promotion by films of race and/or
racism (Disney, The Passion of Christ, Bill O’Reilly); gender and
sexuality in cinematic categorizations of bodies (‘30’s Hollywood
Comedies, Philadelphia, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Priscilla Queen of
the Desert, Boys Don’t Cry); poverty and wealth/health and capital as
moving images (Chaplin, Italian neo-realism, Roger and Me, Million Dollar
Baby); bioethics as an intrinsically cinematic signifier (Keaton,
Judgment at Nuremberg, Miss Evers’ Boys, Sicko, There Will Be Blood).

Send a 300-word proposal by May 1, 2008, to

Dr. Connie C. Price, Chair of the Bioethics Area
Departments of Philosophy and Bioethics
44-314 Bioethics Building
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee. AL 36088 USA
Phone 334 727 8279

Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each
presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. The deadline for
second-round proposals is May 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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