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Bridget Kies <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 9 May 2016 12:46:41 -0500
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Dear all,
Apologies for the cross-posting, but I wanted to offer a reminder that the
deadline for Queer Sinners and Saints, an area of the 2016 Film and History
conference, is approaching. Abstracts are due June 1.

The resurrection of discourses on morality, coupled with increasing legal
and social acceptance for LGBT identities, makes this a ripe time to
investigate how queerness, especially queer film and television, are
understood in contemporary society.  This area seeks to investigate godly
and heretical queerness not only in representation, but also in industrial
practices, production, and reception.
As queer characters increasingly figure in mainstream narratives, how has
queerness evolved? What aspects of LGBT characters are promoted or
repressed? Who's in and who's out? And how did queerness in the past find
expression? Was the queer always the sinner, the heretic? Moving beyond
reductive moral examinations of homosexuality, this area seeks to
investigate the power and subversion of the queer figure, both on screen
and off in the film and television industry.   Queer Sinners and Saints
invites abstracts for 20-minute papers on aspects of queer film and
television pertaining to the conference theme “Gods and Heretics.”
Possible topics for papers:

   - Hagiographies of queer media celebrities, how celebrities use their
   fame to support or challenge LGBT causes vilification of “bad” queer
   - Audience responses to godly or heretical queer characters, film, or
   television series
   - Complex morality within queer stories or queer industry practices
   - Canonization and canon formation within queer film and television,
   inclusion/exclusion of particular films and television series on course
   syllabi and in research
   - The rise, fall, and/or resurrection of queer media, such as film
   festivals, television networks, production companies

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also
welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information,
including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and
registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the *Film &
History* website (

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by 1 June 2016 to both area chairs:

Bridget Kies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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Carla Bernava
University of Sao Paulo
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Bridget Kies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies
LGBT Studies
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