**Call for Area Chairs**
The Figure of Money On and Off the Screen
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
Madison, WI (USA), November 20-24, 2013
Film & History still has a few openings for conscientious Area Chairs, in the areas of:
* Money and Race
* Distribution/Local Theaters/Preservation
* Money Behind the Scenes (make-up, costuming, location filming)
* The Price of Imagination: Animation
* Money and Genre Films (individual genre areas, such as Horror or Science Fiction)
Area chairs are responsible for soliciting and evaluating paper proposals, issuing decisions, creating cohesive panels, and maintaining contact with presenters and Film & History conference organizers. Chairing an area presents a wonderful opportunity to help shape the conference, network with other film and history scholars, and develop conference organizing skills. Reduced registration benefits are also available.
**About the conference**
Keynote speaker: We are honored to have film theorist and film historian David Bordwell join us as our keynote speaker.
Whether on or off screen, money is more than an image or a transaction; it is a set of assumptions—usually powerful, often hidden. It figures in almost everything that happens with a film, from the internal narrative world to the external systems of production, distribution, consumption, and appropriation. Money pushes and pulls on writers, directors, actors, and audiences. It defines characters, storylines, set designs, whole genres. More deeply than in almost any other artistic medium, money makes movies.
How does money—as material, metaphorical, or heuristical figure—shape the creation, circulation, and reception of moving-image media? What structural or thematic role does it play in romantic comedies or science fiction adventures or documentaries? When Harry meets Sally or Elizabeth meets Darcy, how does money determine the cinematic logic of love? How do assumptions about money influence the spiritualism in Star Wars or the ethics in The Graduate or the style of The History Channel? As money is mediated through film, how does it create or contest our perceptions of sex, of ethnicity, of personhood, of labor and family, of religion or education or technology? When is money disguised by the film medium, and when is it advertised? Why does money sometimes fail—as image, as means, as principle—and for whom?
The 2013 Film & History Conference will explore the figure of money in film, television, and the other moving-image arts. Our annual conference will be held at The Madison Concourse Hotel (in the heart of downtown Madison, WI, next to the historic Capitol), November 20-24, 2013. Attendees will receive specially-discounted room rates for this premier hotel. Travel to Madison may be arranged conveniently through the international airports at Madison, Milwaukee, or Chicago.
Deadline for Proposals from Area Chairs (organizers of multiple panels): March 18, 2013
Deadline for Proposals from Panelists (single presenters): July 1, 2013
Send your proposal (~200 words) to [log in to unmask] by the deadline above for full consideration.
Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite