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CFP:  Nature and the Environment in Film and  Television Documentaries 
2006 Film & History  Conference 
“The Documentary  Tradition” 
8-12 November  2006 
Dolce Conference Center –  Dallas, TX 
_www.filmandhistory.org_ (http://www.filmandhistory.org/)  
Deadline: July 20,  2006 
AREA:  Nature and the Environment in Film and  Television Documentaries 
Early filmmakers often  traveled the globe to introduce audiences to views of 
far away places.  Niagara Falls and scenes of the Holy  Land shared the 
screen with the dancing Carmencita and boxers Corbett and  Fitzsimmons.  Later, the 
filmic  exploration of the natural world added support to the argument that 
movies were  educational tools. 
Walt Disney brought the  natural world into 1950s living rooms.  Jacques-Yves 
Cousteau invented equipment to better film underwater scenes  during the 
1960s and 70s, and in the 80s, Carl Sagan took his audience into the  Cosmos.   
The Discovery Channel,  Animal Planet, and PBS continue the tradition of 
nature film. NASA, too, has a  television channel. Moviegoers and television 
viewers continue to share a  fascination for the natural world, as witnessed by the 
success of The March  of the Penguins (2005).  
Environmentalist and  preservationist groups use the power of film and 
television to disseminate  information, create public awareness, and activate 
change. 
Presentations are invited on  individual documentaries, television 
programming, or on particular directors and  cinematographers.  A survey of  movies 
analyzing our cultural fascination and identification with nature films  and the 
ways in which nature and the environment are filmed and  anthropomorphized 
would be welcomed.    
Panel proposals, for up to  four presenters, are also welcome, but each 
presenter must submit his or her own  paper proposal.   
Deadline: July 20, 2006
Send a 200-word proposal  to: 
Deborah  Carmichael 
Department of  English 
Oklahoma State  University 
205 Morrill  Hall 
Stillwater OK  74078 
Email:  [log in to unmask] 
Phone/fax: 405.372.1883   
This Area, comprising  multiple panels, is a part of the Film and History 
League’s “The Documentary  Tradition” conference for 2006.  See  the Film & 
History web site (www.filmandhistory.org) for details about the  upcoming meetings 
and about other areas of scholarship. 
Conference Speakers will  include guest artists DA Pennebaker  and Chris 
Hegedus and the plenary scholars will be Betsy McClane and Ray  Fielding.  In 
addition to notable  guest speakers and presentations by scholars from around the 
world, film  screenings will be offered daily.   


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