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Tue, 2 Jun 2009 00:52:49 -0400
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Second Round Call for Area Chairs

Representing Love in Film and Television

2010 Film & History Conference

November 10-14, 2010

Hyatt Regency Hotel

Milwaukee, WI


The 2010 Film & History conference will look at how love-as psychology, as dramatic principle, as historical agent, as cultural stage, as ethical standard-has been represented in film and television. How has the depiction of love defined a society or a period? Which people-or institutions or ideas or animals-have been promoted as subjects (or objects) of love, and which ones have not? In what ways do we love or not love because of film and television? How has the screen represented the love of country, the love of one's neighbor, the love of God, or the love of family? How has it represented the repudiation or reformulation of love, and what are the historical ramifications?


Questions about the nature of love define not just couples or parents and their children but whole communities and nations, shaping their religions, their economic policies, their media programming, their social values, their most powerful fears and ambitions. Love in each era defines the struggles worth enduring and the stories worth telling, from Gone With the Wind and Casablanca to Hamlet and Cleopatra, from The Jazz Singer and The Sound of Music to The Graduate and Boogie Nights, from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and The Ten Commandments to Easy Rider and The Right Stuff, from The 400 Blows and Life Is Beautiful to Amelie and Muriel's Wedding. This conference will examine the aesthetic representations of love on screen and will assess their historical, cultural, and philosophical implications.


The Center for the Study of Film and History invites proposals from prospective chairpersons of topic areas (under which multiple panels will be organized). Chairs are encouraged either to propose their own areas or to propose versions of the areas suggested below. (Each area should be related directly to film and/or television.)


Across the Tracks: Love and Class

Addictions, Compulsions, Obsessions

Affairs of Race

Agape: Faith, God, Mission

Animals of the Wild

Beasts of Burden...and Breakfasts

Broadway Motifs in Cinema

Cartoons and Pornography

Censorship and the Code

Charismatic Leaders

Citizen Love: Flag Wavers, Flag Burners

Classic and Classical: The Romance Genre

Cowboy and Cowgirl Love

Families and Society

Fetish and Function: The Love of Things

Flings and Fantasies 

Fraternity and Sorority

Freudian Readings and Approaches

Hetero, Homo, Sapiens: Theories of Sexuality

Laboratory Love: Documentary-Style Treatments

Love American Style

Love and Community

Love and Violence

Love Gone Awry

Leitmotivs of Love: Music, Song, and Film

Mon Amour: French Kisses and French Misses

Office Romance

Pets and Companion Animals

Reality-TV Love: Bachelors and Bachelorettes

Responsible Love: Marriage and Parenthood

Romantic Comedies on Television

Romantic Dramas on Television

Separation, Divorce, Reconciliation

Sex and Love in Asian Contexts 

Sex and Morality

Soul and Self: Love and Identity

Stereotypes: Old, Young, and Mid-Life Crises 

Suicidal Lovers

Teachers and Students

Team Ethos: Buddy Films and Chick Flicks

The First Romantics: Italy on Screen

The Secret Agent: James Bond...or the Women

The Weight of History: Body Image and Love

Uniform Love: Military and Romance

Vampire Love

Women and Children First: Gender and Ethics


            These topics are suggested as an inspiration for thought, but CFP proposals for any area should articulate a clear theme and historical context. Send your proposals (200-400 words) to [log in to unmask] by July 1, 2009 for early consideration. Proposals will continue to be accepted, but early entries will receive priority.

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