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Cash or Credit: Value and Exchange in Post-Millennial Cinema
An area of multiple panels for the 2013 Film & History Conference on 
Making Movie$: The Figure of Money On and Off the Screen November 20-24, 2013
Madison Concourse Hotel (Madison, WI)
DEADLINE for abstracts: July 1, 2013

AREA: Cash or Credit: Value and Exchange in Post-Millennial Cinema

Everything has its price, or so the saying goes, but transactions—payments, gifts, barters, loans, bids, debts, and other forms of ‘this for that’—are often more complex than a mere impersonal rendering of cash in exchange for resources or opportunities. From wages and bribes to gift-giving and reciprocity, transactions play a key role in the expression of affection, the construction of identity, the establishment of hierarchy, and the exercise of power.   

This area, composed of multiple panels, seeks papers that deal with the representation of virtual and real financial transactions in post-Millennial feature film culture, focusing on the wide spectrum of ways in which motion pictures portray exchanges and the assessment of exchange value. How are transactions of value – actual and imagined, realistic and fantastic, barter and cash-based – depicted on screen? How do these depictions reflect the realities of movie financing in the new millennium? To what extent do they reflect the experience of moviegoers? Topic may include, but are not limited to:

•	Fantasy gift economies: Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Beasts of the Southern Wild
•	Wages, cash, and cash storage in the New Cinema: Biutiful, Voyage of the Red Balloon
•	Exchange in a post-apocalyptic landscape: The Road, The Book of Eli, Wall-E
•	Documentaries of exchange: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Inside Job
•	Self as salable commodity: Lost in Translation, Simone, Pretty Woman
•	Exchange in the dystopian future: In Time, Never Let Me Go, Total Recall 
•	Depictions of reciprocity: Body of Lies, Silver Linings Playbook

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (

Please send your 200-word proposal by e-mail to the Area Chair by July 1, 2013:

Catherine Liu, Area Chair
Cash or Credit: Value and Exchange in Post-Millennial Cinema
University of California, Irvine
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