CFP: Home, Unsweet Home: Invasions into private and safe spaces (8/1/17; 11/1-5/17)

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Film & History
contact email: 



CFP: Home, Unsweet Home: Invasions into private and safe spaces

An area of multiple panels for the 2017 Film & HistoryConference:

Representing “Home”: The Real and Imagined Spaces of Belonging
November 1-November 5, 2017

The Hilton Milwaukee City Center

Milwaukee, WI (USA)


EXTENDED DEADLINE for abstracts: August 1, 2017


Home can be a location of terror, whether psychological or physical, though the Western cultural connotation of “home” is a space of safety and respite.  Films that feature home invasions erode the boundaries between public and private space as well as interrupt the cultural connotations and force us to ask whether “home” can ever really be safe. 


How have our depictions of “home invasion” shifted over time, as surveillance technology has eroded our privacy – with and without our consent?  What happens when the “intruder” in a narrative belongs in the home, but introduces danger through ideologies, strangers, or objects? How have our narratives about the use of personal violence during home invasion changed in parallel or opposition to socio-cultural trends?  And our depictions of intruders?


This area invites 20-minute papers (inclusive of visual presentations) in exploring the dangers of “home” for the living, where the item (living or not) has been brought into the home or made its way in, rather than having previously existed in the space.


Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Metaphors for ideologies or emotions that have entered the home through an individual.
  • Surveillance within the home
  • Unlawful entry: forced entry by any individual, creature, or sentient object.
  • Intrusion by authority figures: Whether there is some legal cause for the force entry, the individuals in the home are still at risk in some manner. For example, invasions by SS Guards or FBI—whether the people in the home are wanted, may know someone who is, or their space is being used as a space other than “home.”
  • Individuals who overstay a welcome: guests, family, friends, etc. who have stayed past a set time and who turn burdensome as well as dangerous.
  • Objects that were safe that turned dangerous (e.g. artificial intelligence)
  • Guns or other weapons that became a tool for conflict resolution/murder/assault within the home

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 (


Please e-mail your 200-word proposal to the area chair:


Michelle Martinez

Sam Houston State University