Religion, Cinema, and the Golden Ages

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

DEADLINE for abstracts: June 1, 2014

AREA: Religion, Cinema, and the Golden Ages

Religion can be located throughout the history and output of practically every filmmaking nation, from censorship and boycotting, to scriptural epics and allegories, to the creation and proliferation of faith-based entertainment industries. Film industries have a long history of turning to religious texts for inspiration; and studios, assuming a built-in audience (both foreign and domestic), continue to be drawn to these public-domain tales of epic adventures that are ripe for big-budget, special effects-laden adaptations.

This area will analyze how cinema has been defined by the influence and imposition of religious values and narratives, how religion and faith is depicted and incorporated into screen narratives, and also how religious communities have played a major role in the production of films made throughout the Golden Ages of cinema. This area invites papers that examine the intersection between religion, cinema, and culture during the Golden Ages of cinema from a variety of global perspectives, areas of interest might include:

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 June 2014, to the area chair:

Amy Chambers
University of Manchester, UK


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