The Studio System

Golden Ages: Styles and Personalities, Genres and Histories
The 2014 Film & History Conference

DEADLINE for abstracts: 1 July 2014

The Hollywood Studio System was a well-oiled machine that produced some of the most important films in history, creating big business out of popular culture. Decades after its collapse, film historians and movie buffs are still fascinated with this period of Hollywood history. The System was incredibly dynamic, regularly sparked creativity and ingenuity, was often times oppressive, and always widely influential. From the 1920s until their gradual demise in the late 1950s, the Hollywood Studios were a major force in terms of entertainment, art, and mass communication.

What can be said today about Hollywood Studios as agents of innovation and change, on screen and in society? In what ways did the Studio System place limits on creativity and vision, even as its vast resources made anything seem possible? How do we understand the role of the Studio System in creating or inhibiting careers on both sides of the camera? This area invites 20-minute papers offering unique perspectives that continue the discussion of the Studio System and further its academic study.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

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 1 June 2014, to the area chair:

Chris Yogerst

University of Wisconsin-Washington County

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