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Golden Ages: Styles and Personalities, Genres and Histories
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
Madison, WI (USA) 
October 29-November 2, 2014


Golden ages—halcyon days of prosperity, glory, romance, and wonder—abound in both film and history.  From the Greeks’ Golden Age of Man to the Golden Age of Science Fiction, these eras celebrate the best in our cultural lives and our achievements. The Golden Age of Hollywood marks the rise of stars such as Gary Cooper and Elizabeth Taylor who became permanent fixtures in the motion picture pantheon, and the unimagined cultural power wielded by studios such as MGM, Warner Bros.; the Golden Age of the B-Western produced hundreds of now-classic films and launched lifetime careers for cowboy crooners such as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers; while on the small screen, the Golden Age of Television delivered the magic created on soundstages into living rooms across America.

These eras are not without complexity, however.  Bestowed retroactively, the designation of golden ages often creates monolithic conceptual touchstones, invoked as nostalgic signifiers of “the good old days,” against which “change” and “difference” are negatively coded, and their products devalued. How have these Golden Ages shaped and reflected the film and television industries, and in turn, how do moving-image media reflect and portray Golden Ages? How do these eras help us think about the histories and evolutions of various genres in film and television, and how have they influenced the futures of stars, studios, productions, and critical reception?  Can an industry or genre have more than one Golden Age?

We seek paper proposals for all areas, exploring the concept of Golden Ages across a wide variety of production systems [Hollywood, independent film, network and cable television], genres [animation, science fiction, noir, comedy, reality television], and individuals [producers, filmmakers, stars, production personnel], and venues [movie palaces, drive-in theaters]. 

Our area offerings include:

•       Managing the Scene: Women in the Film Industry
•       Difficult Men: Representations of Masculinity
•       Indie Films and Golden Ages: Looking at Gold Through an Independent Lens
•       The Golden Age(s) of Screen Science Fiction
•       The Golden Opportunities of Film Exhibition
•       Television and the Family Aesthetic
•       The Golden Age(s) of Disney
•       Good Guys Always Wear White? Heroes and Villains of the Golden Age and Beyond
•       Golden Age or Gilded Age? Fan Cultures, Past, Present, and Future
•       The Movie Star
•       Gender in the Golden 80s
•       The Studio System
•       The Golden Age of Holocaust Cinema, 1980-2010
•       The Cinematic City
•       Culture, Politics, and Identity: The Golden Age of Transnational and World Cinemas
•       Film Noir
•       Seeking El Dorado: Golden Ages of Nationalism, Empire, and International Relations
•       Auteurs and Authorship
•       Private Drama, Public Gold: Reality TV
•       The Classical Hollywood Film Musical
•       Jackpot! Reception and Viewer Agency in the Digital Age
•       Sound is Golden: Case Studies of Industry Practices
•       Classical Antiquity: Golden Ages, Silver Screens, Bronze Armor, Iron Men
•       The Golden Age(s) of the American War Film
•       The Golden Age of the Western
•       The Golden Age of LGBT Representations in Film and Television
•       The Golden Age of Television Drama
•       The Golden Age of Documentaries
•       Religion, Cinema, and the Golden Ages

Our annual conference will be held at The Madison Concourse Hotel (in the heart of downtown Madison, WI, next to the historic Capitol), October 29-November 2, 2014. Attendees will receive specially-discounted room rates for this premier hotel. Travel to Madison may be arranged conveniently through the international airports at Madison, Milwaukee, or Chicago.

EXTENDED DEADLINE for abstracts: July 1, 2014.   Please visit our website for detailed area calls for papers, or email [log in to unmask] for more information.

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