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

Historical Film as Commodity:
Hyperbolic Alteration (Un)Necessary

Deadline for Abstracts: July 1, 2013

Historical films shape history in ways that are different from the written word or even oral retellings, providing vivid imagery and action that brings history “to life.” Often, however, this results in dramatizations that depart, in varying degrees, from what we understand as historical fact, and in the alteration or erasure of details in the process of constructing history-as-spectacle.

Is this “hype” – the transformation of historical event into cinematic spectacle – a necessary ingredient for the production of historical films? Blockbuster productions of history are aimed at earning a profit, as well as providing historical knowledge. While historical content is the principal attraction for audiences, must this content be commoditized, sensationalized, or hyped in order to “make it” at the box office? What bearing does this have on the ongoing debate about historical fidelity in an era when much of history seems to be learned from film?

This area, comprising multiple panels, invites papers that investigate the following questions:

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:

Vincent Bisson

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