Journeys, Detours, Breakdowns
The 2015 Film & History Conference

CFP: Road Movies as Representations and Evocation

From Saul of Tarsus’s journey to Damascus to Odysseus’s voyage home to Dante’s passage through a dark wood to Childe Harold’s ruminations on the misadventures of life and the cruelties of history, the space between departure and destination opens a universe of choices, challenges, and confrontations. Arrival at the end of the journey can embrace resolution, transformation, triumph, or disaster. Because it amplifies the recreation of experience with sound and vision, film may be the perfect medium for conveying the core nature of movement from place to place.

Papers of approximately 20 minutes are invited for this multi-panel area, which will explore different representations and evocations of the road across many cinematic genres. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Proposals for complete panels (three or four 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 2015 meeting, see the Film & History website (

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

James J. Ward
Cedar Crest College


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