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

Money Makes the World Go Around: Screening National and Transnational Transactions

Deadline for Abstracts: July 1, 2013

How a nation responds to economic pressures or opportunities can define its
character, its national identity. How, then, have film and television
depicted or reshaped that character, especially as globalization has
complicated our perception of nation and nationality? How, for example,
does Revolutionary America’s objection to taxation or Bolshevik Russia’s
rejection of the bourgeoisie figure in a film that seeks to define the
character of the United States or the Soviet Union?

Conversely, what effects do national audiences, reception, and box-office
revenues have on transnational texts? How, for example, does Australia’s or
America’s response to a Chinese film—and to the economic identity it seeks
to define—in turn affect Chinese filmmaking? Filmmaking today is, perhaps,
as nationally minded as it is transnationally produced and assimilated, and
that paradox stands at the center of this area.

This area, comprising multiple panels, will treat all aspects of the
financial underpinnings of nationality and transnationality in films and
television programs. Papers that explore how monetary matters are played
out in media from outside the US are especially welcome. Possible topics
include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Shouldering the Cost: National and Transnational Co-productions
• Spreading the Wealth: National and Transnational Distribution
• Investing Time: National and Transnational Audiences
• Special Relationships and Global Economies on Screen (e.g., Babel)
• Mediating International Tourism (e.g., The Amazing Race, It’s a Mad, Mad,
Mad, Mad World)
• Poor, Huddled Masses: Class and The American Dream
• Capitol/Capital: Federal Government and Fiscal Policy (e.g., Mr. Smith
Goes to Washington)
• Trading Places: Wall Street, Las Vegas, and Other Geographies of Money
• Booms and Busts: National Narratives from the Gold Rush to the Great
Depression and Beyond

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

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

Please send submissions or queries to the area chair:

Elizabeth Rawitsch
University of East Anglia

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