Call for Papers
Women in the Sciences Area
2008 Film & History Conference
"Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond"
October 30-November 2, 2008
Third-Round Deadline: August 1, 2008
AREA: "Count Me In!": Rallying Women in the Sciences
Recently the Sunday Boston Globe debunked "The Difference Myth", blasting claims that boys and girls (fast forward to men and women) think, learn, and need to be treated as species from a separate planet. Nevertheless, blanket generalizations continue to abound, layering insinuation and insulation on top of the old and increasingly creaky frame of females being incapable of competing with males in math and the sciences. Despite new federal pressure urging schools to rewind time and to segregate students by gender, women continue to defy expectations, ascending to presidencies in scientific towers such as MIT and Lehigh University.
Still, nationally, women remain largely invisible and underrepresented in the sciences. No wonder, then, that the areas of film and television are moving to illuminate and to fill the void. Examining early book-to-film successes of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" and Dian Fossey's "Gorillas in the Midst", solution-seeking documentaries "The Gender Chip Project" and "Women Who Walk Through Time", television fantasies of bionic women, crime science investigators, spaceship personnel and aliens, and questioning heroines such as Marlee Matlin in "What the Bleep?!...", this area will serve to spotlight portrayals (or absences) of women in the sciences or science fiction.
We welcome papers which explore questions concerning women and their roles in the sciences. Topics are not restricted to American media representations.
Please send your 200-word proposal by August 1, 2008, to the area chair:
Sally Hilgendorff, Chair, Women in the Sciences
Show Me History!
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Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. Deadline for third-round proposals: August 1, 2008
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 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 our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Roger D. Launius, Senior Curator Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, and former Chief Historian at NASA (1990-2002). For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (www.uwosh.edu/filmandhistory).
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