CFP: Nature and the Environment in Film and Television Documentaries
2006 Film & History Conference
“The Documentary Tradition”
8-12 November 2006
Dolce Conference Center – Dallas, TX
Deadline: July 20, 2006
AREA: Nature and the Environment in Film and Television Documentaries
Early filmmakers often traveled the globe to introduce audiences to views of
far away places. Niagara Falls and scenes of the Holy Land shared the
screen with the dancing Carmencita and boxers Corbett and Fitzsimmons. Later, the
filmic exploration of the natural world added support to the argument that
movies were educational tools.
Walt Disney brought the natural world into 1950s living rooms. Jacques-Yves
Cousteau invented equipment to better film underwater scenes during the
1960s and 70s, and in the 80s, Carl Sagan took his audience into the Cosmos.
The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and PBS continue the tradition of
nature film. NASA, too, has a television channel. Moviegoers and television
viewers continue to share a fascination for the natural world, as witnessed by the
success of The March of the Penguins (2005).
Environmentalist and preservationist groups use the power of film and
television to disseminate information, create public awareness, and activate
Presentations are invited on individual documentaries, television
programming, or on particular directors and cinematographers. A survey of movies
analyzing our cultural fascination and identification with nature films and the
ways in which nature and the environment are filmed and anthropomorphized
would be welcomed.
Panel proposals, for up to four presenters, are also welcome, but each
presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal.
Deadline: July 20, 2006
Send a 200-word proposal to:
Department of English
Oklahoma State University
205 Morrill Hall
Stillwater OK 74078
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This Area, comprising multiple panels, is a part of the Film and History
League’s “The Documentary Tradition” conference for 2006. See the Film &
History web site (www.filmandhistory.org) for details about the upcoming meetings
and about other areas of scholarship.
Conference Speakers will include guest artists DA Pennebaker and Chris
Hegedus and the plenary scholars will be Betsy McClane and Ray Fielding. In
addition to notable guest speakers and presentations by scholars from around the
world, film screenings will be offered daily.
Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
University of Alabama: http://www.tcf.ua.edu