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"Cynthia J. Miller" <[log in to unmask]>
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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: Animal Films

 From Bambi to March of the Penguins, animal films have represented human 
values, recorded life in the non-human world, and influenced perceptions of 
animal nature. Just as the medium of film connects its audience with 
faraway or fantastical places in other genres, so does it provide glimpses 
of animal lives they might otherwise not know­geographically and temporally.

This area seeks paper and panel proposals that examine images of animals 
and address the broader implications of these constructions. Have fictional 
representations affected the work of documentary film-makers? What value 
does wildlife footage have for animal science and conservation?  What 
relationships do animal films form or dissolve with humans?

Paper topics might include:
Animals in fiction and the socio-cultural effects of such “nature fakery”
             The construction of animal lives in documentaries
             The role of animal films in environmentalism and wildlife 
             Portrayals of pets, tamed animals, and wildlife
             Human relationships with animals
             Role of visual and audio techniques and technologies in field 

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

Kelly Enright, Chair of the Animal Area
Department of History
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
16 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ  08901-1004
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Panel proposals for up to four presenters are welcome. 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); Wheeler Winston Dixon, author of Visions of the 
Apocalypse, Disaster and Memory, and Lost in the Fifties: Recovering 
Phantom Hollywood; Emmy award-winning writer and producer John Rubin, and 
special-effects legend Stan Winston, our Keynote Speaker.  For updates and 
registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History 
website (

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