full name / name of organization: 
Tobias Hochscherf

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: Science Fiction in British Film and Television

The consistent quality of science-fiction films and television programs in
Britain has won audiences for generations, both in the UK and around the
world. One reason for this sustained popularity lies in the ability of
British cinema and TV to constantly reinvent the genre, keeping it socially
and philosophically elastic. How, for example, has British science fiction
adapted to changes in the political and social climate or affected national
policy or civic character? How have SF films and television programs
represented Britain's concerns about the present or future or about the use
and perception of history? What makes science fiction film and television
in Britain distinctively "British"?

This area treats the last century of science fiction productions, from
Maurice Elvey's The Tunnel (1935) and William Cameron Menzies' Things to
Come (1936) to the landmark TV productions The Quatermass Experiment
(1953), 1984 (1954), A for Andromeda (1961), and the latest Doctor Who.
Presentations may feature analyses of individual films and/or TV programs,
surveys of documents related to their production, analyses of history and
culture as explored through a set of films/TV programs, or comparisons
between two or more science-fiction productions.

Paper topics might include utopian and dystopian films/TV programs, future
warfare, censorship, representation of non-human life forms, politics, the
Cold War, science-fiction after 9/11, ethics and morals, representations of
science and scientists, myths and legends, terrorism, early science
fiction, adaptations, comedy, government and institutions, disasters,
environment, gender, ethnicity, race, class, etc.

Please note that all accepted papers will be considered for an anthology on
British Science Fiction in Film and Television.

Please send your 200-word proposal by May 1, 2008 to

Tobias Hochscherf, Chair, Science Fiction in British Film and TV
Northumbria University
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Media & Communication
Lipman Bldg.
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom
Phone: ++44(0)191-227-4932
Email: tobias.hochscherf at unn.ac.uk

Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each
presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. Deadline for first
round proposals: Nov. 1, 2007; second-round deadline: 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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