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Conference: The American West(s) in Film, Television, and History 

Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Dates: November 7-10, 2002

Deadline for proposals: August 15, 2002


The Film and History League is dedicated to the study of how films and television portray history, how film and television can be used to teach history, and how media shape historical consciousness. The Film and History League will hold its Second National Conference on November 7-10, 2002 in Kansas City, MO, an historic Gateway City of the American West. The theme of the conference is "The American West(s) in Film, Television, and History." The 2002 meeting will be held at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Hotel. For details about the meeting, the site, and travel, see the web site at


Among the topic areas for which individual papers and panels are encouraged is "The American West As Metaphor," i.e., how films and television programs have used history as a metaphor for portraying  contemporary events and situations. For example, the television series "M*A*S*H*" has been described as a program about the Vietnam War set in the context of the Korean War. Among other films and television programs that are suggestive are: High Noon (McCarthyism); The Alamo (The Cold War); They Died With Their Boots On (World War II); and The Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Little Big Man (1960s), Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Unforgiven, Gunsmoke, etc.


Interested faculty, graduate students and independent scholars are invited to submit proposals for individual papers or entire panels by August 15, 2002.  Paper and panel topics that explore any aspect of how films and television employed events and situation in the history of the American West  as a metaphor are encouraged. Papers and panels that deal with minority, gender, and ethnic topics are  especially welcomed.


Guidelines for Submitting: 

For individual papers please mail, fax, or e-mail (preferred) a 250-word proposal, a brief biographical note, and a brief bibliography for the paper.


For panels please mail, fax, or e-mail (preferred) a proposal with the session's title, the titles of each paper or presentation, a brief (100-word) description of each paper/presentation, each author/presenter's name and affiliation plus a brief biographical note.

Mail, fax, or e-mail (preferred) by August 15, 2002 to: 

Joseph P. McKerns
School of Journalism and Communication
Ohio State University
3016 Derby Hall
154 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
fax (614) 292-2055
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