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Sun, 27 May 2012 11:01:02 -0400
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September 26-30, 2012 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA  
Deadline: June 1, 2012  

The 2012 Film & History Conference will examine the power of myth in film, television, and the other moving-image arts. Myth operates somewhere between the waking consciousness of history and 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? 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?  

Please send a brief description of your paper (200-250 words) to the appropriate area chair, listed on our website, or to Cynthia Miller, Area Chair Manager, by June 1, 2012. Areas currently seeking papers include the following, though papers on other Film and Myth topics are welcome:   

•	Adventure! Danger! Romance!: Myths of Exploration 
•	America's Pantheon: Superheroes and Sports Heroes in Film and Television 
•	Ancient Egypt in Myth, History, and Religion 
•	Animating History: Disney Americans and Other Myths
•	“Bunnies, Bars, and Stews”:  Myths of 1950s-1970s Cultural History in the
    Popular Present
•	Chicks with Brains: Representing Women's Intellect in Film
•	The Color of Myth: Aesthetics, Affect, Apprehension
•	Crime and Punishment: Mythologizing the Law
•	Food of the Gods: The Mythic Poetics of Food, Drink, and Eating in Film and
•	Frontier Myth and Iconography in the Old West
•	Marriage and Family Myths in Film and Television 
•	Medieval Magic: Myths and Legends in Film and Television 
•	Music, Motifs, and Mythmaking  
•	Myths, Inc.: The Business World in Film and Television
•	Myths of Stardom: Cultivating Star Identities
•	Myths R Us: Nationality in Film and Television 
•	Mythic Characters and Places Made Real: TV and Film in Situ 
•	Mythic Mother Nature: Storytelling and Myth-building Through the Moving 
•	Mythic Structures: Sacred Architecture and Ornamentation in Film 
•	Mythical Movie Jews: Anti- and Philo-Semitic Stereotypes on the Silver 
•	Mythos: Screening Classical Mythology in Film and Television 
•	Queer Mythologies: Untangling Sex and Gender Myths 
•	Science Fiction Myths: Travels through Time and Space 
•	Storytelling 101: History as Myth on the Big Screen 
•	War Myths: Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Film and Television

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