CFP: Historical Treatments of "Runaway" Productions -- SCMS 2010 (Aug 10 deadline)

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Society of Cinema & Media Studies Conference -- Los Angeles -- March 17-21

Submissions are still welcome for a panel that addresses Hollywood's postwar presence abroad. Papers that employ an archive-based methodology to historicize the phenomenon of "runaway" production (and that thereby relate to the overall conference theme of "Archiving the Future/Mobilizing the Past") are particularly encouraged.

The discussion of Hollywood's international filmmaking activity has largely focused on contemporary "runaway" productions in the context of the debates surrounding globalization and the media. Far from being a recent phenomenon, however, Hollywood overseas production dates back to the silent era and became fully established as a mode of production during postwar period. Despite the significance of this production practice, which resulted in films ranging from Roman Holiday (1952) to many of the "sword-and-sandal" epics of the late 1950s and early 1960s, it remains widely understudied. The few historical treatments of postwar "runaway" productions focus primarily on Hollywood's economic reasons for making films abroad. We know little about who worked on these films, how they were made, the specific locales where these productions were shot, and the cultural and political implications of the films produced.

This panel seeks to investigate the phenomenon of "runaway" productions from a historical perspective. We welcome papers that emphasize historical research into the industrial, economic, political, cultural, and aesthetic dimensions of Hollywood's foreign productions. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Hollywood filmmakers working in postwar Europe (Nicholas Ray, Orson Welles, William Wyler, Lewis Milestone, etc.)

• case studies of individual productions

• the influence of runaway production on other national cinemas and popular culture (Italy, Britain, Mexico, etc.)

• the history of runaway production in the silent era

• the role of foreign studios (Cinecittà, Elstree, Studios de Boulogne, etc.)

• independent "runaway" production

Send 250-300 word abstract (including a 5 item bibliography) and a short bio as separate e-mail attachments to: Rebecca Prime ( and Daniel Steinhart (

Submitters will be notified as to the status of their proposal by August 15. Please visit the SCMS website for more details about the 2010 conference:

Rebecca Prime
Libman Professor of the Humanities
Hood College

Daniel Steinhart
Ph.D. candidate
Department of Film, Television & Digital Media
University of California, Los Angeles