2008 Biennial Conference Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond
The 2008 Film & History Conference in Chicago will investigate the role of science in film and television and the role of film and television in science. How does science – its histories and tools, its paradigms and personalities, its economics, sub-cultures, and mythologies – shape, or get shaped by, the stories and styles of visual media?
How does the relationship between science and film affect our sense of the past, the present, or the future? And what about our sense of ourselves or of other societies? The conference will examine the representation of science from multiple angles: fictional, historical, visionary, technical (including film technology), biographical, epistemological, cultural, sexual, political. Select or create your theme as an area chair, and join us in putting ‘Film and Science’ under the microscope. (See www.filmandhistory.org for news and further details.)
We are looking for Area Chairs (from the sciences, humanities, and communication arts) to form panel clusters around exciting film topics. We are also accepting single-panel proposals (3-4 papers). Send proposals (200-400 words) by e-mail or post:
Center for the Study of Film and History Loren PQ Baybrook, Editor, Dept. of English University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI 54901
At this 5th biennial conference of Film & History, John E. O’Connor and Peter C. Rollins will pass the torch to Loren PQ Baybrook, of the new Center at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Below are initial rubrics with suggested areas under them. Be inventive! Create a title for an area, or design an entirely new one. And plan for Chicago in 2008!
Icons, Biographies, Hagiographies Albert Einstein Carl Sagan Charles Darwin Florence Nightingale Jacques Cousteau Jane Goodall Marie Curie Stephen Hawking The ‘mad scientist’
Darwin and Evolution Hollywood and TV treatments of evolution Intelligent Design media controversies
The Environment Al Gore epic and discussions American environmental apocalypticism Disasters and special effects Environmentalism in film during 1930s, etc. Global warming
Medicine Autism Electroshock therapy Eugenics and Utopias HIV, DDT, PolioFlu-avian, pandemic of 1918, and others Pharmaceutical miracles and frauds Psychoanalysis
Computers and Robots Artificial intelligence Internet culture Virtual Identities
NASA Apollo missions Mars films Sputnik culture
Technology and Industry Hoover Dam Technological monsters ‘Made in America’ ‘Modern Marvels’
The Big Dig in Boston The Brooklyn Bridge War machines
Gender and Race Depiction of Asian and/or African-American Scientists Women in Science Fiction
Space and Time Travel As historical criticism Literary roots Odysseys from The Time Machine to Contact Space coverage from Cronkite to Ezell Space-exploration films and technology
Science Series Animal Planet Cosmos Frank Capra for TV In the Womb National Geographic NOVA for PBS Scientific American Frontiers Sesame Street The Alien Sea
Religion and Escapism Fantasy and fact Science and faith The Force
History of Science Fortune and discovery Problem-solving mysteries
Society CSI and criminal justice Politics and research Social engineering
Pedagogy Teaching science with Sci-Fi
Africa, South America, Pacific Islands: Third World factors