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"Cynthia J. Miller" <[log in to unmask]>
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Call for Papers: The Atomic Age
First-Round Panel Proposals and Abstracts by 11/1/07

The Biennial 2008 Film & History  Conference
Chicago, October 30-November 2, 2008

Proposals for papers are now being accepted for The Atomic Age area at the 
biennial 2008 Film & History Conference in Chicago. This area investigates 
the impact of the nuclear age (1940s to the present) on society as 
portrayed through film and television. After the creation of the atom bomb 
and its use against Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II, nuclear arms, 
energy, and science were the subject of countless films across a wide range 
of genres, from Godzilla and Dr. Strangelove to The Day After and 24. How 
did the movies respond to the atomic age? How did they represent nuclear 
science and scientists? Did Atomic Age films exaggerate or dismiss the 
dangers of nuclear weapons and energy? How did social or political events 
concerning atomic energy make their way into film?  And, in turn, how did 
such films affect national policy or civic character?

These are just a few questions to be addressed in this area. Presentations 
can, for example, feature analyses of individual films and/or TV programs 
from historical perspectives, surveys of documents related to the 
production of films, or investigations of nuclear history and culture as 
explored through film.

Genres could include films attempting to define atomic history, Hollywood 
blockbusters, TV programs or mini-series, science-fiction, propaganda, 
instructional films, documentaries, docudramas, newsreels and broadcast 
media, war films, national cinemas, music videos, avant-garde films, 
actualities, and direct cinema.

Panel topics might include atomic war, national security and secrecy, 
atomic espionage, ethics and morals, reel representations of atomic science 
and scientists, peaceful applications of nuclear power, atomic fantasies, 
nuclear dystopia, civil defense, myths, nuclear terrorism, government and 
institutions, the anti-nuclear movement, nuclear accidents and 
near-disasters, Hiroshima and Nagasaki in memory and post-memory, religion 
and spirituality, medicine, health, safety, environment, gender, ethnicity, 
race, class, atomic nostalgia, nuclear testing, mutations, pedagogy, etc. 
Topics not included here are also welcome!

If you wish to form your own panel within The Atomic Age area, I would be 
glad to facilitate your needs.  Roundtable sessions and international 
participation are also encouraged!

Please send 100-200 word abstracts and proposals for panels via email by 
11/1/07 to:

Christoph Laucht, Chair of the Atomic Age Area
School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies
University of Liverpool
Chatham Street
L69 7ZR
United Kingdom
Phone: ++44(0)151-794-2404
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