Possible Areas:

Representing the Military Arm
Gadgets and Gidgets: Women with Tech
Alternative Cultures: Strange Technology
Technology and the Representation of Race
Machines and Men: Re-examining Masculinity
Science vs. Technology in Film, TV, and New Media
Classy Tech: Social Stratification
Sell Phones: Individualism and Mass Markets
Pyramids and Catapults: Representing Ancient Cultures
Art vs. Technology in Film, TV, and New Media
Luddites and other Anti-Technology Cultures in Film, TV, and New Media
The Eagle Has Landed: Film and Television Before and After Armstrong
Developing Countries?
Utopian and Dystopian Tech
Representations of Medical Technology in Film, TV, and New Media
The Technology of Character: Costume and Makeup
Queer Gear: Tech and Sexuality in Film, TV, and New Media
History as Technology Periodization
Artificial Intelligence: Theorizing the Self 
Toy Stories: Children and (Non-)Technological Cultures


Area Chairs are welcome to propose their own topics within the general theme. Please confer with Cindy Miller.


Our Keynote Speaker will be DEBORAH NADOOLMAN LANDIS, Founding Director and Chair of the David C. Copley Center for Costume Design, UCLA. Nominated for an Academy Award for Coming to America (1988), Professor Landis also served as Costume Designer for Michael Jackson’s landmark video Thriller (1983), for John Landis’s An American Werewolf in London (1981) and Animal House (1978), and for Steven Spielberg’sRaiders of the Lost Ark (1981),
From 2001-2007, Landis served as two-term president of the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892. She is the author of six books, including Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design (2007), FilmCraft: Costume Design (2012), Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Costume Illustration (2012), and the catalogue for her landmark exhibition, Hollywood Costume, which she curated at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. She is the editor-in-chief of the upcoming Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Film and Television Costume Design (2019) and is presently curating an exhibition on science and science fiction opening in 2019 at the Science Museum, London. Landis sits on the Board of the National Film Preservation Foundation and is a past Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.