CFP: Our Shared Home: The Environment on Film (8/1/17; 11/1-5/17)

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


Our Shared Home: The Environment on Film

Representing “Home”: The Real and Imagined Spaces of Belonging
The Hilton—Milwaukee City Center, Milwaukee, WI (USA)
November 1-5, 2017

EXTENDED DEADLINE for abstracts: August 1, 207


We all share a common home, a round planet with finite boundaries and resources.  Yet in the era of climate change, with altered weather patterns, rising temperatures, and the prospect of coastlines vanishing, there is great uncertainty about the future of our shared home and how we will continue to inhabit it. 


How do films tell stories of the relationship between humans and the environment, through various genre lenses?  How their narratives address the events that have led to our current environmental crisis, as well as those of the past?  How do they depict issues such as the struggles between exploitation of resources and the need to coexist with others, both human and non-human?  


This area seeks papers and panels that address these issues through a wide range of films, from the historical to the contemporary – mainstream features, independent, experimental film, dystopian narratives, and documentaries.


Possible topics include, but are not limited to:


* After the Collapse (Soylent Green, Waterworld, Wall-E)
* Water wars and crises of scarcity (Sleep Dealer, Tapped, Mad Max: Fury Road)
* “Hacking the Planet:” Environmental Engineering on Screen (A Crack in the World, The Core, Red Planet)
* The Environmental Documentary (The Plow That Broke the Plains, An Inconvenient Truth, Gasland)
* Environmental disaster as spectacle (The Happening, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012)
* Children and the environment (The Lorax, Fern Gully, Happy Feet)
* Iconic Characters (Gorillas in the Mist, Medicine Man, If a Tree Falls)
* “God Willing and the River Don’t Rise:” Film, Floodplains, and the Disenfranchised (The River, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Impossible)


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:


Deborah Adelman

College of DuPage