The 2008 Biennial Conference, Chicago
October 30 - November 2, 2008, The Westin O'Hare HotelFilm & Science:
Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond
Our conference is now in the history books, but every panelist and speaker is returning from it with a renewed appreciation for the themes we surveyed over the four days of presentations and discussions.
Call for Papers for scholarly manuscripts on
Film & Science: Visions of Science and Technology in Film
(a special two-issue volume of F&H to be published next year)
2008 Conference Participants:
Thank you for making our conference so wonderful. The papers were exceptional, and the discussions were exhilarating. If you took pictures you would like to share, please send them (in jpg or similar format) to FilmandHistory@uwosh.edu. We want to show people what a marvelous experience the conference was for everyone involved.
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Distinguished speakers included James Ryan Professor of Film Studies (University of Nebraska, Lincoln) Wheeler Winston Dixon, author of Visions of the Apocalypse, Disaster and Memory, and Lost in the Fifties: Recovering Phantom Hollywood; and Charles Howard Candler Professor of Physics Sidney Perkowitz (Emory University), author of Empire of Light: A History of Discovery in Science and Art and Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, & the End of the World.
We were also proud to have Keynote Speaker Roger Launius, Senior Curator in the Division of Space HIstory at the National Air and Space Museum (Smithsonian) and Chief Historian of NASA (1990-2002). Bridging the humanities and the sciences, Dr. Launius is an eminent scholar who has written or edited more than twenty books on aerospace history, including Robots in Space: Technology, Evolution, and Interplanetary Travel (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008); Societal Impact of Spaceflight (NASA SP-2007-4801, 2007); Critical Issues in the History of Spaceflight (NASA SP-2006-4702, 2006); Space Stations: Base Camps to the Stars (Smithsonian Books, 2003), which received the AIAA’s history manuscript prize; Reconsidering a Century of Flight (University of North Carolina Press, 2003); To Reach the High Frontier: A History of U.S. Launch Vehicles (University Press of Kentucky, 2002); Imagining Space: Achievements, Possibilities, Projections, 1950-2050 (Chronicle Books, 2001); Reconsidering Sputnik: Forty Years Since the Soviet Satellite (Harwood Academic, 2000); Innovation and the Development of Flight (Texas A&M University Press, 1999); Frontiers of Space Exploration (Greenwood Press, 1998, rev. ed. 2004); Spaceflight and the Myth of Presidential Leadership (University of Illinois Press, 1997); and NASA: A History of the U.S. Civil Space Program (Krieger Publishing Co., 1994, rev. ed. 2001). Dr. Launius served as a consultant to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board in 2003 and presented the prestigious Harmon Memorial Lecture on the history of national security space policy at the United States Air Force Academy in 2006. He is frequently consulted by the electronic and print media for his views on space issues and has been a guest commentator on National Public Radio and all the major television-network news programs.