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Call for Papers


2008 Film & History Conference

"Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond"

October 30-November 2, 2008

Chicago, Illinois

Second-Round Deadline: May 1, 2008


AREA: Pedagogy/Methodology     


This call for papers seeks proposals for individual papers or complete sessions (3-4 papers) on any aspect of pedagogy related to teaching and learning about science, scientific or technological history, or themes of scientific progress/development in the past through film, at the elementary, secondary, or postsecondary levels. The pedagogy area is one of several areas for the conference. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:


             The benefits and pitfalls of using film to teach science

             How films construct notions of technology and scientific progress in human civilization

             How films portray scientific figures, ideas, or themes from history

             Empirical scholarship on how students make sense of various scientific topics and concepts through film

             Effective classroom practices with documentary and feature film

             Using film to explore the history of science



Please send your 200-word proposal by May 1, 2008, to one of the area chairs:


Ron Briley                                          or  Alan Marcus

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                                                            Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction

                                                            249 Glenbrook Road    Unit 2033

                                                            University of Connecticut

                                                            Storrs, CT  06269

                                                            (860) 486-0281



Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. Deadline for second-round proposals: May 1, 2008 


This area, comprising multiple panels, is a part of the 2008 biennial Film & History Conference, sponsored by The Center for the Study of Film and History. Speakers will include founder John O'Connor and editor Peter C. Rollins (in a ceremony to celebrate the transfer to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh); Wheeler Winston Dixon, author of Visions of the Apocalypse, Disaster and Memory, and Lost in the Fifties: Recovering Phantom Hollywood; Sidney Perkowitz, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Physics at Emory University and author of Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, & the End of the World; and special-effects legend Stan Winston, our Keynote Speaker.  For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (


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