Journeys, Detours, Breakdowns
The 2015 Film & History Conference

CFP: Journeys Through 1950s and 1960s Television

The 1950s and ‘60s were decades of significant transition in American culture—civil rights, women’s rights, the youth movement, suburbanization—the entire country was engaged in multiple journeys of change. At the same time, the medium of television, itself, was undergoing continuous change, as technology, creativity, and programming content evolved. The industry, itself, experienced countless detours and breakdowns as it moved from soundstages to studios, anthology series to sitcoms.

This area invites 20-minute papers exploring the various facets of these simultaneous, sometimes conflicting, journeys in televised programming. How are the social journeys in midcentury American culture reflected, challenged, or reinforced on the screen? What stories experience detours or breakdowns? How is support for mainstream norms exhibited, even as it is eroded, in programming such as I Dream of Jeannie, The Brady Bunch, and The Andy Griffith Show? How did changes in the industry, from technological advances to the move from adaptation to original material, affect evolution of programming? How did that programming, in turn, have an impact on economics, consumerism, gender roles, national identity, etc., in the wider American culture?

Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following:

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are welcome. All proposals must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. Please remember that presenters are limited to one paper presentation at the conference. For updates and registration information about the upcoming conference please see the Film and History website ( .

Please send by e-mail, your 200 word proposal by June 1, 2015 to the area chair:

Erwin F. Erhardt, III
University of Cincinnati

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