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Andy Scahill <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 2 Aug 2010 12:41:32 -0500
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CFP For Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference 2011

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This panel will explore those figurations of child that do not fit within
the normative geography of child representation--what Jacqueline Rose refers
to as the "impossibility" of childhood.

The transgressive child challenges deeply-held convictions about the
naturalness of childhood, particularly as childlike bodies are defined as
"vulnerable," "dependent," "innocent," and simultaneously
asexual/heterosexual. Indeed, childhood is frequently haunted by the spectre
of of its own failure, and this panel examines those troubling children who,
by their transgression, trouble the boundaries of childhood.

Though definitions of "childhood" are diffuse, potential panelists should
understand the focus to be pre-adolescent, and not synonymous with teenage
or high school-age subjects. Proposals are welcome from all areas of media
culture, all historical periods, all cultural contexts, and all
methodological approaches. Special consideration will be given to those
proposals that engage with Childhood Studies and cultural studies
interrogations of childhood.

Possible topics:

 Child sexuality on screen
 The savage child
 Girl culture/Boy culture
 The child as trickster
 The opaque or unknowable child
 The queer child
 The too-perfect child
 Pedophilia and/or incest
 The violent/criminal child
 The child as alien/ghost/possessed
 Perverse fantasy and play
 Delinquency and danger
 The corrupted child
 Childhood as a site of trauma
 The child as gateway to the "beyond"

The 2011 SCMS Conference will be held in New Orleans, March 10-13th at the
historic Ritz Carlton Hotel on the edge of the French Quarter.

Please submit 300 word abstract, 5 item bibliography, and author's bio to
[log in to unmask] Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, August 11th. All
submissions will receive a response by August 18th.

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