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Call for Papers
BIOETHICS Area
2008 Film & History Conference
"Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond"
October 30-November 2, 2008
Chicago, Illinois
www.uwosh.edu/filmandhistory
Second-Round Deadline: May 1, 2008
 
AREA: Bioethics
 
Bioethics got its start in the late '60s and early '70s. In that time period, the U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study (1932-72) raised concerns about human experimentation, eugenics, and false dichotomies in discussions of race and gender, as well as concerns about abortion laws, nuclear proliferation and experiments, and the Geneva Accords as a response to information gleaned on Nazi "doctors" during the Holocaust. These events led historians and philosophers to realize that research, as well as practice, had emerged as an ethical crisis in medicine, nursing, allied health, animal and veterinary sciences, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and public health. With the development of biotechnology and the rise of global capitalism, basic ethical concepts have been interrogated, such as personhood, traditional virtues, health education, and the collective responsibility for health and creative growth. The cinema of this historical era, continuing into the present, has accompanied the development of new philosophical questions about the health sciences. Earlier films, as well, may be considered as precursors to bioethical thinking.
 
The Area is about the rich and pluralistic historical relation between film and bioethics. Film, television (including news), and/or new/digital media are appropriate considerations. Topics might include the depiction of physicians/practitioners and/or researchers in features, documentaries, TV Series, "art" films, or genres (No Way Out, Frankenstein [any version], The Cider House Rules, Dirty Pretty Things); changes or trends in bioethical considerations, appearing in genres over time (TV medical/physician-themed series, Jurassic Park, The Boys from Brazil, Blade Runner); philosophical and/or geopolitical aspects of bioethics and cinema, e.g. Bergsonian, Deleuzian, neo-Kantian, or phenomenological concerns (Last Year at Marienbad, Godard, Bergman, Wings of Desire, Herzog, Gattaca); hegemonic promotion by films of race and/or racism (Disney, The Passion of Christ, Bill O'Reilly); gender and sexuality in cinematic categorizations of bodies ('30's Hollywood Comedies, Philadelphia, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Boys Don't Cry); poverty and wealth/health and capital as moving images (Chaplin, Italian neo-realism, Roger and Me, Million Dollar Baby); bioethics as an intrinsically cinematic signifier (Keaton, Judgment at Nuremberg, Miss Evers' Boys, Sicko, There Will Be Blood). 
 
Send a 300-word proposal by May 1, 2008, to
 
Dr. Connie C. Price, Chair of the Bioethics Area
Departments of Philosophy and Bioethics
44-314 Bioethics Building
Tuskegee University 
Tuskegee. AL 36088 USA
Phone 334 727 8279
Email [log in to unmask]
 
Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. The deadline for second-round proposals is 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 (www.uwosh.edu/filmandhistory). 
 
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CODE BREAKING: LOW & HIGH TECH SPOOKING AND WHODUNITS Area
2008 Film & History Conference
"Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond"
October 30-November 2, 2008
Chicago, Illinois
www.uwosh.edu/filmandhistory
Second-Round Deadline: May 1, 2008
 
AREA: Code Breaking: Low & High Tech Spooking and Whodunits
 
Successful military or political code breaking is akin to glancing at an opponent's hole card in Texas Hold 'Em. This is a secretive art often left unexamined by professional historians. In 1950, Punch magazine labeled Brigadier Desmond Young's Rommel: The Desert Fox "brilliant." But Young later learned that both Rommel and the British command were deciphering each other's messages throughout the war.
Breaking the Japanese Purple code did not prevent Pearl Harbor (Tora, Tora, Tora,) but it brought victory at Midway (Midway). Other films probing this clandestine world include many of the James Bond productions, political thrillers (from Three Days of the Condor to Sneakers), historical romances (Enigma), buddy films (Windtalkers), or military adventure dramas (U-571). And documentaries investigate the activities of Bletchley Park and the National Security Agency's "The Puzzle Palace."
 
Whodunits and mysteries abound, be they fact, semi-fiction, or fantasy. You may wish to explore situations in which code breakers, to preserve their secret, did not impede an enemy action. Or perhaps speculate on what other code-breaking treasure troves might be awaiting later-generation historians. Whose interests does each code-breaking film represent? What patterns in plot and characterization emerge? Which histories are embellished or tarnished through these kinds of films?
 
Please send your 200-word proposal by May 1, 2008 to:
 
Keith Wheelock, Chair
Code Breaking: Low & High Tech Spooking and Whodunits
325 Mountain View Road
Skillman, NJ 08558
Email: kwheelock@ patmedia.net
 
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 (www.uwosh.edu/filmandhistory).
 
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DARWIN & THE EVOLUTION/"INTELLIGENT DESIGN" AFTERMATH Area
2008 Film & History Conference
"Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond"
October 30-November 2, 2008
Chicago, Illinois
www.uwosh.edu/filmandhistory
Second-Round Deadline: May 1, 2008
 
AREA: Darwin & the Evolution/"Intelligent Design" Aftermath
 
Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species (1859) created an uproar around the world, as did The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871).  The idea of evolution had been accepted by most scientists already, but Darwin established the actual mechanics, and his work has become a cornerstone of biology, paleontology, and genetics ever since.
 
Proponents of "Creation" or "Intelligent Design," a cosmology linked most often to the Bible, still challenge the principles and facts of evolution, however.  According to Gallup polls, nearly 50% of Americans believe that God created humans in their present form.  From the Scopes trial in Tennessee (vividly depicted in Inherit the Wind [1961, 1999]) to current school-board controversies across the country, the science of evolution has been under attack.  How have film and television reacted to this battle?  Has evolution theory revised the stories we tell about the world and ourselves?  And what are the consequences to schools and museums, to intellectual and political life, to popular culture and historical record?
 
We welcome proposals on any aspect of this controversy. While the debate occurs frequently in the United States, we also appreciate proposals that examine how this controversy is experienced in other countries.
 
Send your 200-word proposal by May 1, 2008, to
 
Keith Wheelock, Area Chair
Department of History
Raritan Valley Community College
325 Mountain View Road
Skillman, NJ 08558
Phone: 609-466-5968
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
 
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 (www.uwosh.edu/filmandhistory).
 
 

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