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"Cynthia J. Miller" <[log in to unmask]>
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Call for Papers
2008 Film & History Conference
"Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond"
October 30-November 2, 2008
Chicago, Illinois
First-Round Deadline: November 1, 2007

AREA: Science Fiction in British Film and Television

The consistent quality of science-fiction films and television programs in 
Britain has won audiences for generations, both in the UK and around the 
world. One reason for this sustained popularity lies in the ability of 
British cinema and TV to constantly reinvent the genre, keeping it socially 
and philosophically elastic. How, for example, has British science fiction 
adapted to changes in the political and social climate or affected national 
policy or civic character? How have SF films and television programs 
represented Britain's concerns about the present or future or about the use 
and perception of history?  What makes science fiction film and television 
in Britain distinctively "British"?

This area treats the last century of science fiction productions, from 
Maurice Elvey's The Tunnel (1935) and William Cameron Menzies' Things to 
Come (1936) to the landmark TV productions The Quatermass Experiment 
(1953), 1984 (1954), A for Andromeda (1961), and the latest Doctor Who. 
Presentations may feature analyses of individual films and/or TV programs, 
surveys of documents related to their production, analyses of history and 
culture as explored through a set of films/TV programs, or comparisons 
between two or more science-fiction productions.

Paper topics might include utopian and dystopian films/TV programs, future 
warfare, censorship, representation of non-human life forms, politics, the 
Cold War, science-fiction after 9/11, ethics and morals, representations of 
science and scientists, myths and legends, terrorism, early science 
fiction, adaptations, comedy, government and institutions, disasters, 
environment, gender, ethnicity, race, class, etc.

Please send your 200-word proposal by November 1, 2007 to

Tobias Hochscherf, Chair, Science Fiction in British Film and TV
Northumbria University
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Media & Communication
Lipman Bldg.
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom
Phone: ++44(0)191-227-4932
Email: [log in to unmask]

Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each 
presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. Deadline for 
first-round proposals: November 1, 2007

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), and Wheeler Winston Dixon, James Ryan Professor of Film 
Studies at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and author of Visions of the 
Apocalypse and Disaster and Memory. For updates and registration 
information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website 

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