Charlie in the Heartland: An International Charlie Chaplin Conference

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Lisa Stein/Ohio University Zanesville
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Call for Papers

Charlie in the Heartland
An International Charlie Chaplin Conference
October 28, 29, and 30, 2010
Ohio University Zanesville, Zanesville, OH USA
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In keeping with the theme of the conference, "Charlie in the Heartland," which was chosen to commemorate Chaplin's first trip to the United States with Fred Karno's Comedians in October, 1910, we are seeking papers in a wide range of areas, all to do with Chaplin, his relationship with, influence on, or evocation of America, either during or after his long residence here.

Keynote Speaker and Honoree:
Charles J. Maland, Professor and Head of the University of Tennessee English Department and author of Chaplin and American Culture: The Evolution of a Star Image, celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Other Confirmed Featured Speakers:
David Robinson, Film Critic and author of Chaplin: His Life and Art
Kate Guyonvarch, Director of Roy Export S.A.S. and the Association Chaplin office, Paris
Cecilia Cenciarelli, Archivist and Head of Progetto Chaplin, Cineteca di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Frank Scheide, Professor of Communications at the University of Arkansas and Co-Editor of The Chaplin Review

The following topics are meant to generate ideas for presentations, not limit creativity or exclude participation:

Maland's Chaplin and American Culture 30 Years Later

Reconsidering "Chaplinitis"

From Karno to Keystone: Eliding the Music Hall Stage and the Silent Screen

American Vaudeville Audiences of the 1910s-- A Herald of Silent Film Popularity?

Chaplin's Company: Who were Charlie's Character Actors and What Were Their Influences?

Vulgar Film Comedy as High Art.

Chaplin and Public Appearance: A Reconsideration of the Liberty Bond Tour

The Chaplin Imitator Phenomenon

Film Audience Reception in the Heartland.

The Heartland Rebels: Chaplin and the American Legion.

Brother Sydney Chaplin : What Was the Magnitude of His Impact?

The Representation of America or Americans in the Films of Charlie Chaplin.

Chaplin's Little Tramp and the Beat Generation in America.

Individual papers or full panels are welcome to submit proposals.
Please send a 500-word abstract, a short bio and your contact information to Lisa Stein, Assistant Professor of English, OU-Zanesville, 1425 Newark Road, Zanesville, OH 43701 or via email by February 1, 2010. Graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to submit.

N. B. We have tried to make this an accessible conference for young scholars by offering several low-cost housing options, as well as a reduced registration rate. We will also have a student travel grant available for applicants. Check the website in early 2010.