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Bridget Kies <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:27:21 -0500
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CFP: Queer Film/Television

Film and History Conference, “Journeys, Detours, Breakdowns”
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club, Madison, WI (USA)
November 5-8, 2015

In *Making Things Perfectly Queer*, Alexander Doty argues that queerness is
a “reception practice that is shared by all sorts of people in varying
degrees of consistency and intensity” including those who do not
traditionally identify as queer (1993, 4).  Doty’s understanding of
queerness seems at odds with other definitions of the term that position it
as detour or breakdown: in opposition to normativity (Warner, 1999);
without futurity (Edelman, 2003); sideways (Stockton, 2009).  In order to
study queer film and television, we must begin by acknowledging that the
term queer itself has had many journeys, detours, and breakdowns.

This area invites 20-minute papers that investigate queer film and
television through the conference theme of “Journeys, Detours, and
Breakdowns.”  Possible paper topics might include, but are not limited to,
the following:

   - ·         Conflicting representations of LGBT+/queer identities within
   queer film/TV or mainstream media

   - ·         Depictions of political struggles for equality and
   acceptance in film/TV

   - ·         Coming out journeys

   - ·         Industrial practices that impede or encourage the
   development of queer films, film festivals, television series, and
   television networks

   - ·         Reception and audience practices that disrupt or alter
   intended meanings of film/TV

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 June 1, 2015, to the area chair:
Bridget Kies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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