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Peter Rollins <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 2 Apr 2001 17:33:26 EDT
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AREA CALL FOR PAPERS: Mexico Meeting of the Popular Culture
Association in Conjunction with the 5th Annual Congress, UDLA
October 17 - 21, 2001

Searching for papers that relate to:
Film & History: Movies and the Past, Movies to Move the Present.

The study of film in a cultural context, especially in the historical
context, has provoked serious academic discussion on a variety of subjects
ranging from social, economic, and political implications of historical
films, to fidelity to historical fact and filmic re-creation, to aesthetic
concerns and Hollywood mythmaking. In periods of economic instability and
international conflict especially, the film industry proves adept at using
movies for definite propaganda purposes which influence its mass audience.

Papers that relate to tendencies in films and filmmaking dealing with the
interplay between society, culture, and history at the end of the last
century and at the beginning of a new millennium outline the interest of
this area. Historical and cross-cultural perspectives, critical theory, and
interdisciplinary approaches that address issues surrounding the influence
and portrayal of history through motion pictures and that explore
history-related topics are of special interest. Topics that cut across all
areas of concern in the national and international context such as -- but
not limited to -- those mentioned below will be themes to be developed.

* Historical attitudes and cultural stereotypes depicted in film
* Historical/Filmic constructs of femininity, masculinity, and sexuality
* Film Portrayals regarding the empowerment of women
* The Biographical Film
* The Documentaries of Ken Burn
* Historical Accuracy in Film in Film Epics
* History and Recreation
* "Gladiator" and the Blood-and-Sand Epic
* Religious Epics (Ben-Hur, Quo Vadis?, The Robe, etc.)
* The Spanish-American War in Film
* The Mexican-American War in Film
* The "One Man's Hero" Controversy: The San Patricios and Contemporary
Hispanic-Anglo Relations
* Colonialism and Film
* Manifest Destiny
* Conspiracy Theories and Historical Fact in Film
* The Films of Oliver Stone, Costa-Gavras, and Spike Lee
* Film, History, and Popular Culture
* Film and Religion
* Film, History, and Human Rights
* The History and Development of Mexican Filmmaking

(PANEL DIVERSITY ENCOURAGED: The organizers want to encourage panel
proposals that provide comparative perspectives across time and national
boundaries, that reflect the multi-disciplinary make-up and that point to
the intersection of gender and race/ethnicity/class/age/disability.)

Proposals should be typed in English. Please send an abstract of 150 words,
typed and include a title. Give the name and academic title of each
presenter and give the name and complete address of the main presenter.
Include the telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address of the main
author. It is preferred that abstracts be sent via email, fax or message
service. Normal snail mail is NOT encouraged.

Deadline for proposals is 1 June, 2001, but early proposals find the most
compatible panels. This Area is a strand within the Popular Culture
Association meeting in Puebla, Mexico. For full information about the
conference, check the
conference web site:

(This meeting is one of the international activities of the national Popular
Culture Association and the Program Chair is Peter Rollins, [log in to unmask])

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