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

Cash or Credit:
Value & Exchange in Post-Millennial Cinema

Deadline for Abstracts: July 1, 2013

Everything has its price, or so the saying goes, but transactions—payments, gifts, barters, loans, bids, debts, and other forms of ‘this for that’—are often more complex than a mere impersonal rendering of cash in exchange for resources or opportunities. From wages and bribes to gift-giving and reciprocity, transactions play a key role in the expression of affection, the construction of identity, the establishment of hierarchy, and the exercise of power.

This area, composed of multiple panels, seeks papers that deal with the representation of virtual and real financial transactions in post-Millennial feature film culture, focusing on the wide spectrum of ways in which motion pictures portray exchanges and the assessment of exchange value. How are transactions of value – actual and imagined, realistic and fantastic, barter and cash-based – depicted on screen? How do these depictions reflect the realities of movie financing in the new millennium? To what extent do they reflect the experience of moviegoers? Topic may include, but are not limited to:

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 (

Deadline for Abstracts: July 1, 2013

For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see:

Please send submissions or queries to the area chair:

Catherine Liu, Area Chair
Cash or Credit: Value and Exchange in Post-Millennial Cinema
University of California, Irvine

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