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The 2015 Film & History Conference

CFP: The Studio System

The Hollywood studio system was a well-oiled machine that produced some of the most important films in history. From innovative production practices to courageous content, the studios created big business out of popular culture. The system was incredibly dynamic, regularly sparked creativity and ingenuity, was often times oppressive, and always widely influential. From the 1920s until around 1960, the Hollywood studios were a major force in terms of entertainment, art, and mass communication. Decades after its collapse, film historians and movie buffs are still fascinated with this period of Hollywood history.

This area, comprising multiple panels, welcomes papers dealing with unique perspectives that continue the discussion of the studio system and further its academic study. In what ways did the studio system shape, as well as mirror, larger social forces? How did the various, often stringent, constraints of the studio system affect the career trajectories of actors, directors, writers, and others? How do we continue to analyze the legacy of the studio system today?

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 email address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting see the Film & History website (

Please email your 200-word proposal by 1 June 2015 to the area chair:

Chris Yogerst
University of Wisconsin-Washington County


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