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Go West! Western Area 2015 Film & History Conference
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It seems that someone is always travelling somewhere in the Western. Be it progressive or populist, romantic or realistic, epic or tragic the American errand into the Western's wilderness transmits sets of assumptions about the American Character and the American Experience. Commenting on the economic, psychological, political, and social fluidities of American life, the Western frontier is itself constantly in flux.

Not all Western journeys that chart the expansion of Manifest Destiny, trace settlement patterns, trail cattle drives and gold rushes, follow Cavalry patrols, track the flight of Native Americans, or pursue outlaws are successful. Detours and breakdowns occur along the way. Some travelers in West do not reach their desired destinations. Others are condemned to ride the range forever.

This area, comprising multiple panels, welcomes proposals on the subject of journeys, detours, and breakdowns in Western film and television. What kinds of men and women travel West? Is one journey more successful than another? How important are the means of travel? Are there significant detours along the way? What causes a journey westward to break down? What kinds of journeys matter to Western audiences? What kinds of journeys matter to Western directors?

Papers and panels may address any topic on travel in the Western.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Cattle Drives (Red River, Cattle Drive, Cowboy, The Big Land, Two Tall Men, The Cowboys, City Slickers, The Broken Trail)
* Wandering Men (Have Gun Will Travel, The Searchers, Shane, Unforgiven, True Grit, Winchester '73, The Oxbow Incident, Nevada Smith)
* Travelling Women (Heller in Pink Tights, True Grit, Westward The Women, Bite The Bullet, The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox, The Professionals)
* Famous Trails (The Oregon Trail, The Santa Fe Trail, The California Trail, The Mormon Trail, the Old Spanish Trail)
* Gold and Land Rushes (Iron Horse, Cimarron, Tumbleweeds, Landrush, Sutter's Gold, California, How The West Was Won, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, The Far Country, McKenna's Gold )
* Travelling Outlaws and Lawmen (Three Bad Men, The Wild Bunch, Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid, Seven Ways From Sundown, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly)
* Wagons Ho!(The Covered Wagon, The Big Trail, Fighting Caravans, Wagon Wheels, Wagon Master, Wagon Train, Utah Wagon Train, The Way West, The Last Wagon, The Wackiest Wagon Train in the West, Dusty's Trail, Meek's Cutoff)
* Native Americans on the Trail (Geronimo, Cheyenne Autumn, Commanche, Ulzana's Raid, Conquest of Cochise, Chato's Land, Apache)
* On The Rails (Union Pacific, Once Upon A Time in The West, Wild Wild West, The Iron Horse, The Train Robbers, Once Upon A Texas Train, The Good, The Bad and the Weird)

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (www.filmandhistory.org).

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by 1 July 2015 to the area chair:

Sue Matheson, University College of the North Email: smatheson@ucn.ca