Journeys, Detors, Breakdowns
The 2015 Film & History Conference


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Conference Hotel (Madison Concourse)
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Overflow Hotel (Doubletree by Hilton)

Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research

The Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research at the University of Wisconsin--Madison includes substantial holdings for United Artists, and individuals including Stephen Sondheim, Walter Mirisch, Otto Preminger, Moss Hart, Howard Koch, and many others, as well as a library of film prints. A full list of their film and television holdings is available here: Part 1 (A-K) and Part 2 (L-Z , films, and ephemera). The center welcomes researchers, and sends the following message:

The Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research (WCFTR) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison would like to welcome everyone to Madison! We have provided a list of our collections pertaining to film and television for your reference. To insure manuscript collections and film prints are available, please let us know ahead of time if you do plan to do research while you're in town and what collections/films you are interested in. Please contact Mary Huelsbeck ( if you have any questions or would like to do research while you are in Madison.

Mary Huelsbeck of the WCFTR will also be presenting a special session about the Center and its holdings on Saturday from 12:45-1:45 (Panel 732A).

Journeys can be deceptive. Full of purpose, they are nonetheless plastic and boundless: from the social journeys of women in Britain or children in India and the political journeys of native populations in Australia or the Americas, to the physical journeys of ships through space and time or of comic-book heroes through urban landscapes; from the psychological journeys of warriors in Kenya and painters in New York, to the economic journeys into Wall Street or the middle class or the empty street. To what extent might the journey on a film also be the journey of that film, of the actors, writers, and directors striving to give shape to experiences outside their own?

On the other hand, what kinds of journeys matter to which kinds of audiences? Ten different films might be made about the journey of coal miners in West Virginia or of engineers in South Korea. Why does one “journey” prevail or another? What has one specific cinematic experience done to their stories, to their histories? What teleological shape has Hollywood given to “crime” in Los Angeles or to “medicine” in urban centers, to the expansionist ideology of nuclear powers or to the racial ideology of homogenous populations? What goals or purposes have certain films or networks of films created? For whom? And which detours or breakdowns on the road to those purposes have decisively altered them?

Our annual conference will be held at The Madison Concourse Hotel (in the heart of downtown Madison, WI, next to the historic Capitol), November 5-8, 2015. Attendees will receive specially-discounted room rates for this premier hotel. Air travel may be arranged conveniently through the regional airport in Madison or the international airport in Milwaukee.




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