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Cynthia Miller <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 8 Oct 2009 22:31:53 -0400
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Representing Love in Film and Television
2010 Film & History Conference
November 11-14, 2010
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Milwaukee, WI
The Center for the Study of Film and History is delighted to announce that director and film theorist, Dr. Laura Mulvey, will be appearing as the keynote speaker at our 2010 conference, which will be held November 11-14, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Dr. Mulvey, professor of film and media studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, is widely known for her influential essay, "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" (1975), and is also the author of _Death 24x a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image_ (2006), and _Fetishism and Curiosity_ (1996), along with 
numerous articles.  Her films, co-written and co-directed with Peter Wollen, are recognized for their complex explorations of identity, symbolism, and the female experience.
Submissions of papers, panels, and area proposals for the conference are currently being accepted.  Please consult our website:, or email Director of Communications, Cynthia Miller, at [log in to unmask], for additional information.
Conference Overview:
The 2010 Film & History conference will look at how love - as psychology, as dramatic principle, as historical agent, as cultural stage, as ethical standard - has been represented in film and television. How has the depiction of love defined a society or a period? Which people - or institutions or ideas or animals - have been promoted as subjects (or objects) of love, and which ones have not? In what ways do we love or not love because of film and television? How has the screen represented the love of country, the love of one's neighbor, the love of God, or the love of family? How has it represented the repudiation or reformulation of love, and what are the historical ramifications?
Questions about the nature of love define not just couples or parents and their children but whole communities and nations, shaping their religions, their economic policies, their media programming, their social values, their most powerful fears and ambitions. Love in each era defines the struggles worth enduring and the stories worth telling, from Gone With the Wind and Casablanca to Hamlet and Cleopatra, from The Jazz Singer and The Sound of Music to The Graduate and Boogie Nights, from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and The Ten Commandments to Easy Rider and The Right Stuff, from The 400 Blows and Life Is Beautiful to Amelie and Muriel's Wedding. This conference will examine the aesthetic representations of love on screen and will assess their historical, cultural, and philosophical implications.
Film & History invites those colleagues interested in submitting proposals to consult our list of areas and their chairs. Each area will be comprised of several panels, and full panel submissions, along with those for individual papers, are welcome. 

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