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Tobias Hochscherf <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 10 Oct 2007 10:24:57 +0100
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Call for Papers
2008 Film & History Conference
"Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond"
October 30-November 2, 2008
Chicago, Illinois 
First-Round Deadline: November 1, 2007

AREA: Science Fiction in British Film and Television	

The consistent quality of science-fiction films and television programs
in Britain has won audiences for generations, both in the UK and around
the world. One reason for this sustained popularity lies in the ability
of British cinema and TV to constantly reinvent the genre, keeping it
socially and philosophically elastic. How, for example, has British
science fiction adapted to changes in the political and social climate
or affected national policy or civic character? How have SF films and
television programs represented Britain's concerns about the present or
future or about the use and perception of history?  What makes science
fiction film and television in Britain distinctively "British"?

This area treats the last century of science fiction productions, from
Maurice Elvey's The Tunnel (1935) and William Cameron Menzies' Things to
Come (1936) to the landmark TV productions The Quatermass Experiment
(1953), 1984 (1954), A for Andromeda (1961), and the latest Doctor Who.
Presentations may feature analyses of individual films and/or TV
programs, surveys of documents related to their production, analyses of
history and culture as explored through a set of films/TV programs, or
comparisons between two or more science-fiction productions. 

Paper topics might include utopian and dystopian films/TV programs,
future warfare, censorship, representation of non-human life forms,
politics, the Cold War, science-fiction after 9/11, ethics and morals,
representations of science and scientists, myths and legends, terrorism,
early science fiction, adaptations, comedy, government and institutions,
disasters, environment, gender, ethnicity, race, class, etc.

Please send your 200-word proposal by November 1, 2007 to

Tobias Hochscherf, Chair, Science Fiction in British Film and TV
Northumbria University				      
School of Arts and Social Sciences				
Media & Communication		
Lipman Bldg.				
Newcastle upon Tyne				
NE1 8ST					
United Kingdom	
Phone: ++44(0)191-227-4932		 
Email: [log in to unmask]   

Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each
presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. Deadline for
first-round proposals: November 1, 2007 

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), and Wheeler Winston Dixon, James Ryan
Professor of Film Studies at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and author
of Visions of the Apocalypse and Disaster and Memory. For updates and
registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film &
History website (

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