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"Peter C. Rollins" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 7 Feb 2004 20:40:35 EST
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The Film and History League, along with the Literature/Film Association, 
announces a conference on "War in Film, Television, and History" for November 
11-14, 2004.  Papers, panels are requested with a deadline of 30 July for 
abstracts and registrations.  Site is near DFW airport in TX.
          Relevant conference topics include:
          How wars have been presented in film and television? (No 
geographical, chronological, or national restrictions.)  Topics such as the spectrum of 
American wars from the Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom; also relevant 
are European and Asian wars. Television coverage is always pertinent, especially 
since 1960.  Consider:
1.     Films made in anticipation of the struggles to attract/repel large 
2.     Films made during the struggles to justify/critique the conflict 
3.     Films made after the war to reflect on its meaning with the distance 
of time. 
Propaganda, feature, actuality productions are all relevant as are themes 
which transcend time periods:
1.     Peace advocates and movements;
2.     The involvement of news and video in perception of the conflict;
3.     Roles of men and women in war films or in homefront films;
4.     The arms races and "the military industrial complex";
5.     Genre analysis.
We seek Area Chairs to lead special areas of study and to involve 
enthusiastic participants.
Featured Speaker is Adrian Cronauer.
Adrian Cronauer is the colorful radio personality (now a lawyer and 
humanitarian activist) whose life was the basis for the Robin Williams film entitled 
Good Morning Vietnam (Barry Levinson, 1987)  Mr. Cronauer will discuss his 
original script for the film, the transformations introduced by Hollywood 
screenwriters, and the final version as it appeared on the screen.
There will be a special screening of the film prior to his talk at the 
luncheon;  this conjunction of a major production with a living person should 
provide a wonderful opportunity for participants. ( Mr. CRONAUER often visits 
university campuses and this event will be give some idea of his excellent 
presentation skills—which combine seriousness and humor.)
More at

Questions to Program Chair, but check web site first.

Peter C. Rollins 
_Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film 
    and Television Studies_

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(Deadline for proposals is 30 July, 2004)

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