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"Cynthia J. Miller" <[log in to unmask]>
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Call for Papers
Darwin & the Evolution/"Intelligent Design" Aftermath AREA
2008 Film & History Conference
"Film& Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond"
October 30 -November 2, 2008
Chicago, IL
First-Round Deadline: November 1, 2007

AREA: Darwin & the Evolution/"Intelligent Design" Aftermath

Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species (1859) created an uproar around the 
world, as did The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex 
(1871).  The idea of evolution had been accepted by most scientists 
already, but Darwin established the actual mechanics, and his work has 
become a cornerstone of biology, paleontology, and genetics ever since.

Proponents of "Creation" or "Intelligent Design," a cosmology linked most 
often to the Bible, still challenge the principles and facts of evolution, 
however.  According to Gallup polls, nearly 50% of Americans believe that 
God created humans in their present form.  From the Scopes trial in 
Tennessee (vividly depicted in Inherit the Wind [1961, 1999]) to current 
school-board controversies across the country, the science of evolution has 
been under attack.  How have film and television reacted to this 
battle?  Has evolution theory revised the stories we tell about the world 
and ourselves?  And what are the consequences to schools and museums, to 
intellectual and political life, to popular culture and historical record?

We welcome proposals on any aspect of this controversy. While the debate 
occurs frequently in the United States, we also appreciate proposals that 
examine how this controversy is experienced in other countries.

Send your 200-word proposal by November 1, 2007, to

Keith Wheelock, Area Chair
Department of History
Raritan Valley Community College
325 Mountain View Road
Skillman, NJ 08558
Phone: 609-466-5968
E-mail: <mailto:[log in to unmask]>[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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