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.
€ 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
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