CFP: Black Hollywood

Golden Ages: Styles and Personalities, Genres and Histories
The 2014 Film & History Conference

Defining a Golden Age for Black Hollywood is complex and problematic. Even with a number of very successful black stars in Hollywood today, African Americans still face barriers and stereotyping in the movie industry. Certainly finding a Golden Age in the past is even more difficult. However, we can examine various points along the road to a future Golden Age for blacks in Hollywood.

This area invites 20-minute papers dealing with all aspects of how the concept of a "Golden Age" relates to blacks in Hollywood, on both sides of the camera. Proposals can focus on a single star, actor, director, or film, along with the social, cultural, and political complexities that arose—or were suppressed—in the course of a given career or body of work. Similarly, papers might discuss a genre or era in black film, such as the race movies of the early 20th century or 1970s Blaxploitation.

Possible topics 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 (

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by 1 July 2014, to the area chair:

Deborah Kitchen-Døderlein
University of Oslo

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