CFP: [Film] Science of the Kill: The Tangled Web of Crime and Punishment (5/1/08; 10/30-11/2/08)

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Call for Papers
“Science of the Kill: The Tangled Web of Crime and Punishment” Area
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 of the Kill: The Tangled Web of Crime and Punishment

Film and television have portrayed violent crimeâ€"and the forensics of
detecting itâ€"in ever more sophisticated ways. A murder in The Great Train
Robbery (1903) looks nothing like a murder in, for example, Fracture
(2007). The techniques used in committing the crime and those used in
bringing the criminals to justice and then in theorizing about its
aftermath have been mapped into elaborate scientific procedures,
psychologies, and philosophies. The grisly details of a crime set the
stage for complex heroics by forensic specialists because film and
television have begun to treat violent crime as part of a much larger
network of social and symbolic relationships in our culture.

What insights about the nature of knowledge do forensic films convey? Why
are viewers fascinated with the details of elaborate technical schemes
for committing violent crimes and for solving the ensuing mysteries? How
is the technology itself of crime and crime-solving depicted in film and

This area welcomes papers and panel proposals that examine the
relationships among violence, forensic science (or crime investigation in
general), and the narrative or aesthetic characteristics of films and
television dramas.

Please send your 200-word proposal by May 1, 2008 to the area chair:

Robert E. Meyer, "Science of the Kill" Area Chair
DePaul University
Department of English
802 W. Belden
Chicago, IL 60614-3214
Email: (email submissions preferred)

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