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"Cynthia J. Miller" <[log in to unmask]>
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Call for Papers: The Atomic Age
First-Round Panel Proposals and Abstracts by 11/1/07

The Biennial 2008 Film & History Conference
Chicago, October 30-November 2, 2008

Proposals for papers are now being accepted for The Atomic Age area at the
biennial 2008 Film & History Conference in Chicago. This area investigates
the impact of the nuclear age (1940s to the present) on society as
portrayed through film and television. After the creation of the atom bomb
and its use against Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II, nuclear arms,
energy, and science were the subject of countless films across a wide range
of genres, from Godzilla and Dr. Strangelove to The Day After and 24. How
did the movies respond to the atomic age? How did they represent nuclear
science and scientists? Did Atomic Age films exaggerate or dismiss the
dangers of nuclear weapons and energy? How did social or political events
concerning atomic energy make their way into film? And, in turn, how did
such films affect national policy or civic character?

These are just a few questions to be addressed in this area. Presentations
can, for example, feature analyses of individual films and/or TV programs
from historical perspectives, surveys of documents related to the
production of films, or investigations of nuclear history and culture as
explored through film.

Genres could include films attempting to define atomic history, Hollywood
blockbusters, TV programs or mini-series, science-fiction, propaganda,
instructional films, documentaries, docudramas, newsreels and broadcast
media, war films, national cinemas, music videos, avant-garde films,
actualities, and direct cinema.

Panel topics might include atomic war, national security and secrecy,
atomic espionage, ethics and morals, reel representations of atomic science
and scientists, peaceful applications of nuclear power, atomic fantasies,
nuclear dystopia, civil defense, myths, nuclear terrorism, government and
institutions, the anti-nuclear movement, nuclear accidents and
near-disasters, Hiroshima and Nagasaki in memory and post-memory, religion
and spirituality, medicine, health, safety, environment, gender, ethnicity,
race, class, atomic nostalgia, nuclear testing, mutations, pedagogy, etc.
Topics not included here are also welcome!

If you wish to form your own panel within The Atomic Age area, I would be
glad to facilitate your needs. Roundtable sessions and international
participation are also encouraged!

Please send 100-200 word abstracts and proposals for panels via email by
11/1/07 to:

Christoph Laucht, Chair of the Atomic Age Area
School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies
University of Liverpool
Chatham Street
L69 7ZR
United Kingdom
Phone: ++44(0)151-794-2404
Email: <mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]
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