Representing Home

The 2017 Film & History Conference


Representing “Home”: The Real and Imagined Spaces of Belonging
The Hilton, Milwaukee City Center
Milwaukee, WI (USA)
November 1-5, 2017

DEADLINE for abstracts: June 1, 2017 (early decision) July 1, 2017 (general decision)

Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal invites paper and panel presentations in all topic areas for the annual Film & History Conference, to be held November 1-5, 2017, at the Hilton Milwaukee, in Milwaukee, WI (USA).

The 2017 Film & History Conference will explore all aspects of film—from production and distribution to exhibition and reception—that concern the representation of “home.” Perhaps the most familiar image on screen, “home” is a reflection of cultural ideals and a refraction of complex ideologies. It can be the easy site of privacy and belonging or the difficult site of pain and longing. What stories—of nations and ethnicities, of genders and classes, of technologies and economies—do films present in their depictions of “home”? Is it a historical and ideological anchor, an aesthetic weapon, a psychological escape? When is the representation of "home" a critical doorway into a film, a genre, an artist, or a culture?

Papers are currently being sought for twelve areas organized around specific themes and genres (full list of area CFPs). If your paper fits one of these areas, please submit to the area chair whose name appears at the bottom of the appropriate CFP.

Additional possible topics include:

Far from Home: Migrants, Refugees, and Expatriates
The Real and Imagined Homes of Animals
You Can Never Go Home Again: Screening Nostalgia
The Crazy House: Testing the Edges of Rationality
The House of Cards: Machiavelli, Illusions, Politics
Home Turf: Protests, Activism, and Advocacy
Honey, I’m Home: Suburbia and Its Discontents
The Poor House: Screening Affluence and Poverty
Home is Where the Heart Is: Love and Romance
At Home on the Road: Travel and Mobility on Screen
Keeping Up With the Joneses: Class and Consumerism
At Home on Stage or Screen: Plays, Novels, and Adaptation
Cameras in the House: Reality TV
Fallen Houses: Sex and the Internet
Video Communities: The YouTube Universe

Proposals for these and any other relevant topics may be sent directly to the area chair coordinator. 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, see the Film & History website (

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal to the area chair coordinator:

Cynthia J. Miller
Emerson College



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