Film & History 2013 Conference
Making Movie$: The Figure of Money On and Off the Screen

Capital, Inc:
Capitalists, Capitalism, and Corporations in the Cinematic Imagination

DEADLINE for Abstracts: July 1, 2013

The history of film bears the marks of economic crises, especially recently, with films addressing not only the downturn since 2008 but also broader, even esoteric, trends such as financialization, regulatory capture, outsourcing, rising inequality, and an accelerating trend towards plutocracy. Hollywood often vilifies corporate capitalism. Sometimes it exalts it. Is Hollywood liberal or conservative toward Wall Street? When are film and television trapped inside the platitudes of left-wing or right-wing definitions of the “corporation”? And when do some films move beyond them? How does the economic failure or success imagined on film characterize or redefine “capital” for its target audience? What cinematic figures of corporate capitalism affirm or subvert the national character—and why?

This area, comprising multiple panels, welcomes proposals for individual papers or full panels that examine how filmmakers have imagined, critiqued, and/or underwritten capitalism through depictions of corporations and/or its employees, whether CEOs, middle-managers, cubicle dwellers, or blue-collar laborers. Proposals are welcome to draw upon recent titles or older films. They are also welcome to focus on films produced outside of the United States, to explain how corporate capitalism is produced and consumed cinematically for a global audience. Possible topics:

Proposals for individual papers should include a 200-word abstract and the name, affiliation, and contact email of the presenter. 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.

Deadline for Abstracts: July 1, 2013

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Please send submissions or queries to the area chair:

Christopher Stone
University of Wisconsin -- Manitowoc

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