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Call for Papers


2008 Film & History Conference

"Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond"

October 30-November 2, 2008

Chicago, Illinois

Second-Round Deadline: May 1, 2008


AREA: Film and the Apollo Program


The Apollo missions to explore the Moon generated some of the most iconic images of the 20th century, from the sublime (the Earth rising above the Moon's horizon) to the ridiculous (lunar golfing). This area will examine the many uses of Apollo imagery, from photographs of the lunar surface to footage and narratives of astronauts, spacecraft, and other astronomical phenomena associated with this era in space exploration. Topics might include the following:


*	Uses of the television coverage of lunar exploration
*	Dramatizations (e.g., Apollo 13)
*	Promotional films produced by NASA about the Apollo program
*	Apollo images and propaganda, during and after the Cold War 
*	Documentaries produced in all media, from television to IMAX 
*	Experimental filmmakers' uses of Apollo imagery
*	Evocations or revisions of Apollo imagery in science fiction and other film genres 
*	Conspiracy theories that the lunar landings were faked (e.g., Capricorn One or more recent TV "documentaries")

Papers treating any of the causes or implications of Apollo-related visual media will be considered. Please submit via e-mail proposals of 200 words by May 1, 2008, to the area chair:


Dr. Allison Whitney

Marion L. Brittain Post-doctoral Fellow

The Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, Georgia

Phone: 404-894-1024

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Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. Deadline for second-round proposals: May 1, 2008 


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; Sidney Perkowitz, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Physics at Emory University and author of Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, & the End of the World; 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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