Update: Film & History - All Areas (6/1/17; 11/1-5/17)

Cynthia Miller Discussion

EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!! -- Visit www.filmandhistory.org to register today!

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?

Topics for this year's conference include, but are not limited to:

At Home with TV Families
Australia on Screen: A Home for Whom?
Behind Closed Doors: Biopics, Documentaries, and the Domestic
Be/Longing: Women and the American Home
Classical Antiquity: Between nostos and exilium
Defending the Homeland: War and Nationalism on Screen
Far From Home: Migrants, Refugees, Expats, and Returnees
Fourth Cinema: Indigenous Perspectives on Home
Home, Home on the Screen—And in the Cloud as Well
Home is Where the Homo Is: Creating LGBTQ Media Families
Home, Unsweet Home: Invasions into Private and Safe Spaces
Homelessness and the Media
Horror is Where the Heart Is: Representations of Home in the Horror Genre
Independent Film: A Place to Call Our Own
Jewish Cinema: Community, Family, and State as Home
Melodrama: Home is Where the Heart Is
No Place Like Home -- In the Film Musical
Our Shared Home: The Environment on Film
Race, Ethnicity, and the Home: A Peaceful Place to Lay My Weary Body
Science Fiction: Homes -- and Homelands -- of the Future
Shakespeare: Representations of Home and Space
The Studio System
Westerns: Where the Deer and the Antelope Play

Please consult our website (www.filmandhistory.org) for individual CFPs and contact information. Proposals for 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 (www.filmandhistory.org).

Cynthia J. Miller
Emerson College