Gods & Heretics
The 2016 Film & History Conference

Call for Area Chairs

Gods & Heretics:
Figures of Power and Subversion in Film & Television
The 2016 Film & History Conference


Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal invites AREA proposals—i.e., calls for multiple topically themed panels and papers—for the annual Film & History Conference, to be held October 26-30, 2016, at the Hilton Milwaukee, in Milwaukee, WI (USA).

Area chairs are responsible for soliciting and evaluating paper proposals, issuing decisions, creating cohesive panels, and maintaining contact with presenters and Film & History conference organizers. Chairing an area presents a wonderful opportunity to help shape the conference, network with other film and history scholars, and develop conference organizing skills. Reduced registration benefits are also available.

This year's theme, "Gods and Heretics," examines the nature of power and subversion as it is exercised by key figures on and off screen. What institutions or traditions or economies do these figures represent—or resist? What discourses or practices or beliefs do these figures impose—or erase? And what aesthetic and historical changes in these figures have really mattered?

Deadline for Proposals from Area Chairs: February 19, 2016.

Send your proposal (~200 words) to the Area Chair Manager, Cynthia Miller, at cynthia_miller@emerson.edu by the deadline above for full consideration.

Please note: This call is for prospective area chairs, who manage multiple panels. If you wish to submit a proposal for an individual paper or panel, you may also do so at this time, but please note that your proposal will be assigned to an area, under the supervision of the chair.

Possible Areas:

Transgressive Women
Defying the Boundaries of Beauty and Knowledge: Artists and Scientists
It Is Written: Adaptations
Heretical Knowledge: Representations of Teachers and Students
Whose Gods?  Religious Hegemonies and Challenges
People of the Book: Judaism on Screen
From Hollywood to Bollywood: Icons, Stars, Idols, and Culture Clash
Gods and Monsters of the Ancient World
Rebels and Revolutionaries
For God and Country: Wars and Warriors
Worshipping Bodies: Sex and Identity, On and Off Screen
Reifying and Challenging Race and Ethnicity
The Gods of the Silver Screen: The Studio System
Cinematic Mavericks: Indie Films
Breaking New Ground: Production and Innovation
Box Office Gods: Production and Exhibition
Sound Judgment: The Gods and Heretics of Scoring and Sound Effects
Patriarchy and Masculinity
Patriots, Traitors, and National Culture
Worshipping Perfection: The Body on Screen
Defying Limitations: Age and Disability
Beyond Mere Mortals: Superheroes and Supervillains
Worshipping the Monstrous: The Supernatural on Screen

Prospective Area Chairs may propose original areas—and are encouraged to do so—but all areas will be organized and, if necessary, revised by the area chair manager, in order to ensure coverage and distribution.

Past Film & History Conferences

The Film & History conference began in 2000 under the leadership of editor-in-chief Peter Rollins. Held biennially from 2000-2012 and annually beginning in 2013, it has grown into an international event for scholars working in a wide range of disciplines.

List of past Film & History conferences


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