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"Marking  and  Marketing  Women:  Sex,  Violence,  and  Money  in  Film." 
An  area  of  multiple  panels  for  the  2013  Film  &  History  Conference  on     “Making  Movies:  The  Figure  of  Money  On  and  Off  Screen”   November  20-­24, 2013   Madison  Concourse  Hotel  (Madison,  WI)  
DEADLINE  for  abstracts:  July  1,  2013  

AREA: Marking  and  Marketing  Women:  Sex,  Violence,  and  Money  in  Film

Whether  in  mainstream,  independent,  international  fiction,  or  documentary  films, images   and  narratives  of  sex—as  prostitution,  pornography,  sex  trafficking,  or other  forms  of   sexual  marketing—coalesce  around  violence  against  women, marking  them  as   commodities.  And  yet  many  of  these  films  struggle  to  promote the  agency  of  women  and   give  voice  to  victims,  often  turning  women  themselves into  agents  of  violence.  Are  such   contradictions  a  function  of  genre?  How  do thrillers,  action  films,  westerns,  and  romantic   comedies,  for  example,  shape  the narratives  of  sex  toward  and  against  the  marking  and   marketing  of  women? Recently,  film  genres  such  as  action  movies,  thrillers,  and  horror   films  have featured  a  more  varied  depiction  of  femininity  and  non-­conformist  gender   display.  When  does  sexual  or  gender  violence—either  by  a  woman  or  against  a woman— attract  the  audience,  and  why?  More  broadly,  what  cultural  or  historical conditions  shape   our  response  to  this  marking  and  marketing  of  women  and violence?  What  racial  or   economic  conditions  shape  it?        

This  area  will  explore  all  questions  related  to  the  sexualized  marking  and marketing  of   women  in  film,  television,  and  online  media.  Papers  that  explore contemporary  films   about  “marked  women”  in  various  national  or  international cinematographies  are   especially  welcome.      

Possible  topics  include,  but  are  not  limited  to,  the  following:      

*Surrogate  Sex  Workers:  The  Sessions  (2012)   
*Enemies/Lovers  in  War:  Full  Metal  Jacket  (1987)   
*Prostitution  and  Pimps:  Taxi  Driver  (1976);  Eyes  Wide  Shut  (1999)   
*The  Noble  Prostitute  and  the  Cinderella  Myth:  Pretty  Woman  (1990)   
*Houses  of  Pleasure  or  Pain:  Brothels  Across  Cultures:  La  Vie  En  Rose  (2007)
*Pandora,  Pleasure  and  Perversion:  Famous  Seductresses  in  Weimar  Cinema   
*Sex  and  Addiction:  Prostitutes  in  Shame  (2011)   
*Happy  Hookers:  Monsieur  Ibrahim  (2003)   
*Male  Prostitutes  and  the  Margins:  Taxi  Zum  Klo  (1980)   
*Children  of  Prostitutes:  Born  Intro  Brothels  (2004)   
*The  Underbelly  of  Society  and  Musicals:  Moulin  Rouge,  Cabaret  and  Chicago
*Nightclubs  and  drag:  La  cage  aux  folles  series   
*Drugs,  Teenagers  and  Prostitution:  Christiane  F.  –  Wir  Kinder  Vom  Bahnhof  Zoo  (1981)   
*Moral  codes  and  Britain:  Downton  Abbey  and  the  “Fallen  Women”     
*Sex,  Submission  and  the  Holocaust:  The  Night  Porter  (1974) 
*Exotic  sex  sells:  Salaam  Bombay  (1988);  Highway  Courtesans  (2005)   
*Erotica  or  Trade:  The  ugly  side  of  the  sex  industry  in  Film      

Proposals   for   complete   panels   (three   related   presentations)   are   also   welcome,   but   they   must   include   an   abstract   and   contact   information,   including   an   e-­mail   address,   for   each   presenter.  For  updates  and  registration  information  about the  upcoming  meeting,  see  the   Film  &  History  website  (  
Please  e-­mail  your  200-word  proposal  by  July  1,  2013  to:        

Karen  A. Ritzenhoff,  Area  Chair   
2013  Film  &  History  Conference   
“Making  Movies:  The Figure  of  Money  On  and  Off  Screen”   
Central  Connecticut  State  University   
1615  Stanley  Street   New  Britain,  CT   06050     
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