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Call for Papers

"The Landscape of Love: Nature and the Environment in Film and Television"

2010 Film & History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television

November 11-14, 2010

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee 

Second-Round Deadline: March 1, 2010


AREA:  "The Landscape of Love: Nature and the Environment in Film and Television"


Mother Nature is sometimes the star of the show, and sometimes a bit player, but nature and the environment have an important role in film and television narratives.  This area will examine documentary and feature films, as well as television series and specials. An ecocritical lens can provide a more nuanced understanding of cinematic texts. How the natural world is contextualized, and how the environment is used or abused, unlocks underlying attitudes and concerns situated in media production and consumption.


This area, comprising multiple panels, welcomes papers and panel proposals that examine all forms and genres of films featuring nature and the environment.  Possibilities include, but are not limited to, the following topics:


Animal Love on the Discovery Channel

Nature and the Myth of the West

After the Apocalypse: Life without Mother Nature's Love 

Agriculture in Film and Television

DIY Gardening Shows

Urban Landscapes in Film and Television

Ken Burns and National Parks

Early Cinema and Natural Wonders

Africa in Feature Films

YouTube and Environmental Messages 


Please send your 200-word proposal by e-mail to the area chair:


Deborah Carmichael

Michigan State University



Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website ( <> ).


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