CFP: The Golden Age of LGBT Representations in Film and Television
An area of multiple panels for the 2014 Film & History Conference:
Golden Ages: Styles and Personalities, Genres and Histories
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
Madison, WI (USA)
October 29-November 2, 2014
DEADLINE for abstracts: June 1, 2014

AREA: The Golden Age of LGBT Representations in Film and Television

The GLAAD media report for the 2012-2013 television season reported the highest number of LGBT characters and storylines ever.  In the current season, as well, LGBT characters and stories continue to make up a percentage of mainstream film and television that is roughly equivalent to the population of Americans who self-identify as LGBT. Is this shift in representation merely a function of changing politics, or have politics been changed by what we’ve been exposed to on screen? 

This area invites 20-minute papers that investigate the proliferation of LGBT characters and stories on screen.  Papers may investigate individual films (Dallas Buyers’ Club, Transamerica), television series (Modern Family, The Fosters, Glee), or web series (Husbands), or may explore trends within a single medium or across media.

Questions to consider include:
•	What kind of diversity within the LGBT community is being depicted on screen? Is on-screen representation really reflective of the community or is it homogenized for broad audiences?
•	In what ways do LGBT characters and stories deepen, complicate, reinforce, or dispute mainstream narratives? In what ways do they engender new narratives and social constructs?
•	What are the implications of greater inclusivity for the political economy of the film and television industries?
•	What can be said about the persistence of stereotypes and resistance to change in mainstream film and television?
•	What are the effects of more LGBT-inclusive mainstream media on independent films?

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 1 June 2014, to the area chair:
Bridget Kies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 
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