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Call for Papers


2008 Film & History Conference

"Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond"

October 30-November 2, 2008

Chicago, Illinois

Deadline: August 1, 2008


When constructing alternative, extraterrestrial, and futuristic societies, filmmakers must consider how different groups in these imagined societies relate to one another. This challenge, in fact, shapes most of the narrative issues. What are the causes of conflict? How are these conflicts resolved? On what ethical basis are decisions made? Who makes them? What types of identity structures determine acceptable solutions? In determining these interactions, filmmakers often react to or comment upon race relations in the "real" world. How, for example, do racial stereotypes determine the characters of fictive beings? How do references to race-oriented events (e.g., genocides, race riots, segregation) affect the plots of science-fiction cinema? How do "ethnic" accents or music inflect the identities of science-fiction characters? Is there any way to de-racialize the future? Can science fiction, as a genre, treat race in a uniquely progressive way? Or is it doomed to replicate existing paradigms?


Proposals for single papers (15-20 minutes) should be no more than 250 words. Panel proposals (3-4 presenters) should include a description for the entire panel in 250 words or less, followed by abstracts of no more than 250 words for each paper. The deadline for all proposals is August 1, 2008, and should be sent to the chair:


Eric Hung (Chair: "Race and Science Fiction" Area)

Westminster Choir College of Rider University

101 Walnut Lane

Princeton, NJ 08540

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Email submissions are strongly preferred.


This area, comprising multiple panels, is a part of the 2008 biennial Film & History Conference, sponsored by The Center for the Study of Film and History. Speakers will include founder John E. O'Connor and editor Peter C. Rollins (in a ceremony to celebrate the transfer to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh); Wheeler Winston Dixon, author of Visions of the Apocalypse, Disaster and Memory, and Lost in the Fifties: Recovering Phantom Hollywood; Sidney Perkowitz, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Physics at Emory University and author of Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, & the End of the World; and special-effects legend Stan Winston, our Keynote Speaker. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (

Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite