The 2017 Film & History Conference
The Historic Hilton Milwaukee City Center
The Real and Imagined Spaces of Belonging
*** Call for Area Chairs***
Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal invites participants to serve as Area Chairs for the annual Film & History Conference, to be held November 1-5, 2017, at the Hilton Milwaukee, in Milwaukee, WI (USA). Although this call is for 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.
Chairing an area is a leadership position within the scholarly community. Area Chairs are responsible for drafting a Call for Papers, evaluating and editing proposals, creating three-person panels, coordinating with the Area Chair Manager, and maintaining reliable contact with the presenters.
Deadline for Proposals from Area Chairs: February 20, 2017.
Send your proposal (~200 words) to the Area Chair Manager, Cynthia Miller, at firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline above for full consideration.
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?
Possible Areas (or propose your own):
The Picket Fence: The Boundaries of Privacy
Far from Home: Migrants, Refugees, and Expatriates
The Real and Imagined Homes of Animals
Homeland Security: War, Revolution, and Nationalism
You Can Never Go Home Again: Screening Nostalgia
Westerns: Home on the Range
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 Invasion!: Monsters and the Monstrous
Behind Closed Doors: Biopics, Documentaries, and the Domestic
Homes – and Homelands – of the Future: Science Fiction
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
Kings and Queens of the Castle: Gender and Family
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
Prospective Area Chairs are encouraged to propose original areas, but all areas will be organized and, if necessary, revised by the area chair manager, in order to ensure appropriate 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.