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Barry Langford <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 28 Jul 2007 14:24:38 -0500
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CFP: Framing the Sixties: Retrospective Constructions of the 1960s 
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
March 6-9, 2008
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 

This is a CFP for a pre-constituted panel at next year's SCMS conference (this 
information is also posted on the SCMS bulletin board). If interested, please 
email 200-250-word abstracts and a brief bio by August 15th to Barry 
Langford at [log in to unmask]


With baby boomer candidates once again to the fore, the 2008 Presidential 
race will doubtless provide another demonstration that the legacy and the 
unfinished social, cultural and political business of the 1960s remain dynamic 
and volatile presences in contemporary American society. 40 years after the 
televised violence at the Chicago Democratic Convention crystallised the 
frenzy of this talismanic and traumatic decade as an indissociably mediated 
experience (“the whole world is watching”), this panel aims to explore the 
ways in which American screens since 1970 have helped fashion the cultural 
meanings and collective memory of “the Sixties”. 
Against a backdrop of intensely partisan historiographical controversies, 
literally dozens of film and television dramas and documentaries have proved 
key agents in writing and rewriting the narrative of the 1960s, and have 
consistently and strikingly illuminated how history is the subject to/of ongoing 
ideological interpellation. Papers are sought on any aspect of the 
retrospective construction of the 1960s in US film and television. Topics might 
include: biopics and dramatic reconstructions of historical events from Camelot 
to Kent State; fictional and documentary portraits of the era; “dramas of 
retrospection” (Flashback, The Return of the Secaucus Seven, Field of 
Dreams, etc.); “the Sixties” as trope; sexing the Sixties; etc.

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