Journeys, Detours, Breakdowns
The 2015 Film & History Conference

CFP: Race and Ethnicity: The Long Road to Representation

Race and ethnicity form a tangle of many roads. The journey toward representation continues to be one of detours, breakdowns and qualified successes as stereotypes and differential access to decision-making power remain deeply embedded in American culture and in the movies. The journeys of African Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans in the industry followed segregated paths, while also finding their images co-opted into the imaginations of the majority. Individual actors found themselves choosing between paths of financial success versus honest representation. Audiences faced the same choices – quality of picture and admiring those who succeeded versus demanding recognizable portrayals of their own realities. Directors and producers straddled double roads in which necessary funding came from a vision other than their own.

This area welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers that explore any aspect of the many overlapping journeys of representation with regard to race and ethnicity, from the images, to the individuals involved in creating or funding those images; changes over time in representation, and how audiences process the images offered. Some possibilities are:

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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