Saturday, November 5, 2011

Film & History 2012 History Conference

Here is the full CFP for the Film & History Conference. Links are to PDF versions of the CFPs:

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CALL for PAPERS and for AREA CHAIRS (organizers of multiple panels)

Area-Chair Proposals: December 15, 2011

Proposals for Panels or Individual Papers: June 1, 2012

Download the Poster: The 2012 F&H Conference Award for Best New Film
The 2012 Film & History Conference (Sept. 26-30, Hyatt Regency, Milwaukee, USA) will examine the power of myth in film, television, and the other moving-image arts.
As a collective pattern, myth transcends the individual, yet it provides structure to our most personal feelings and assumptions. It can be subtle or obvious, shallow or complex. It can move nations to attack each other—or to reconcile. It can induce affection or ridicule or longing. Myth operates somewhere between the waking consciousness of history and the drowsy consciousness of mystery. Often it is both narrative and meta-narrative, trying to tell us what we know and how we might know it. And film is the most vibrant stage of mythmaking today. How do films exploit or succumb to certain myths? Why do audiences embrace one mythic pattern over another—in romance or tragedy or comedy? Who or what controls mythmaking in film and television? How do certain historical characters or events become legendary? How do they become mythic? What historical mutations have myths undergone in film? What myths are on the horizon?
Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal invites proposals to chair an area of multiple panels. Please send a brief description of your area (100-200 words) to by December 15, 2011. Describe the area/topic, and pose the fundamental questions it will address. The deadline to be listed on your Call for Papers will be June 1, 2012. There will be no rolling deadlines before that date. The areas listed below are suggestions; you are welcome to modify an area or to propose an area of your own. Here is the template to use for drafting your Call: CFP Template.UPDATED LIST (as of October 17, 2011)
    Each conference room will be equipped with a 50-inch plasma TV, with direct HDMI and VGA+audio hookups to your laptop computer. We'll have adapters for mini-DVI, DVI-to-VGA, and DisplayPort. Blu-Ray/DVD players will also be available in case you don't have a laptop and wish to bring just your media for presentation.
    Your job will be to practice activating the external video port on your laptop computer. Usually, "clone" or "mirror" or "duplicate" will be offered in the "Display" section of your computer's operating system.

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