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Call for Papers

Corporate, Educational and Industrial films: Exploring the wonders of science Area

2008 Film & History Conference

"Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond"

October 30-November 2, 2008

Chicago, Illinois <> 

Second-Round Deadline: May 1, 2008


AREA: Corporate, Educational, and Industrial films: Exploring the wonders of science 


From A is for Atom, produced by John Sutherland, to Alphabet Conspiracy, produced by Frank Capra, science-education films have long sought to explain the wonders of science to school children. And, as recent catalogs from media distributors demonstrate, such films continue to explain scientific discoveries, practices, or ideas to students, employees, and general audiences. What are the strengths of these films? What are their limits? How do they affect our conception of science and scientists? What culture do they spring from or shape?


Paper topics might include analysis of contemporary science-ed films; theoretical explorations of ideology and scientific inquiry; representations of disciplining the body or the environment; analysis of single films or series; histories of particular producers or distributors; cultural/historical contexts of these films; depictions of science debates/controversies; and analysis of industrial or sponsored films.


The Corporate, Educational and Industrial Films genre comprises so-called "orphan" films; they lack the provenance of the feature films, which supply the bulk of material for film studies. But their effect on science has been large and systematic. This Area hopes to rescue these films from obscurity and provide a platform for scholarly engagement and exchange.


Please send your 200-word proposal by May 1, 2008 to the area chair:


Elizabeth Heffelfinger, Area Chair

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Assistant Professor

English Department

Western Carolina University

305 Coulter Building

Cullowhee, NC 28723


Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. Deadline for second-round proposals: May 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 special-effects legend Stan Winston, our Keynote Speaker.  For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (


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