Journeys, Detours, Breakdowns
The 2015 Film & History Conference

CFP: Journeys of Love

In film and television, the journey to love is seldom smooth. Whether featured in romantic comedy, adventure, drama, or horror, love must typically prove itself through conflicts and challenges to its existence, according to the conventions of the genre. These journeys of love sometimes end happily; but at other times, they result in tragedies of loss and death.

What do these various trajectories of the journey of love illustrate about our social worlds? How can they be used to better understand issues of forbidden love due to race, ethnicity, class, religion, and other shifting social boundaries? How does sex—as a destination, a detour, or a vehicle—figure into narratives about romantic love? Under what circumstances are characters not allowed to love, and why? Is the cinematic journey of love a hero’s quest or a fool’s errand—used to convey centuries-old messages about gender roles and social order?

This area invites 20-minute papers or complete panels that explore the varying journeys of love. Possibilities 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 June 1, 2015, to the area chair:

Deborah Kitchen-Døderlein
University of Oslo



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