CALL FOR PAPERS
September 27-29, 2018
The ‘Stars and Screen’ Film and Media History Conference is an Interdisciplinary Symposium dedicated to Film History, Archival Research, Cinema and Media History.
In the ‘Golden Age’ of Classical Hollywood Cinema, MGM was known as the motion picture studio with “More Stars Than There Are In Heaven.” In fact, ‘Stars’ have illuminated cinematic screens for over 100 years, from classic movie stars (Bogart, Bacall, Hepburn, Chaplin) to films about Hollywood’s star factory (A Star Is Born, What Price Hollywood?) to shooting stars (Deep Impact), falling stars (Sunset Boulevard, Raging Bull), and stars in ‘space, the final frontier’ (Star Trek) in a ‘galaxy far, far away’ (Star Wars). Digital video streaming and binge watching of films and media also re-imagines and creates new moving image ‘stars’ transforming the cinematic or televisual production, distribution, and viewing reception experience. What does this nostalgic re-imagining of film history and cinematic production of stars on screen tell us about the cultural moment we find ourselves in? The 2018 Film and Media History Conference explores the theme of “Stars and Screen.”
The 2018 “Stars and Screen” Film and Media History Conference invites paper proposals from all areas of Film History, Cinema and Media Studies and interdisciplinary submissions from across the humanities, arts, sciences and social sciences, including:
- Film History,
- Classical Hollywood Cinema,
- Archival Research,
- Film/Media Industry,
- Historical Development of the Studio System,
- Women Writers, Directors and Producers in Hollywood
- Film Noir, Femme Fatales, Hard-Boiled Antiheroes,
- Star System, Major Studios, Independent Production,
- Censorship, Film/Media Propaganda,
- Film Genres (Science Fiction, Musical, Comedy, Western, Gangster, Thriller, Horror),
- Hollywood ‘Star Factory,’
- Women and Men in the Dream Factory,
- Émigrés, Immigrants, and Refugees,
- Filmmakers as behind-the-scenes ‘Star’ Auteurs,
- Hollywood Blacklist,
- Evolution of Stars (Bogart, Bacall, Chaplin, Hepburn, Cagney, Hayworth, Brando) from the Silent Era to ‘Contract’ Studio Creative Talent to Independent Filmmakers/Producers
- International Cinema,
- TV/Netflix/Long-Form Cinematic Drama,
- Motion Picture Technology, New Media,
- Convergence between Film and Television,
- Television History,
- Music, Jazz, Soundtracks, ‘Star’ Musicians, Musical Stars,
- Hollywood and Democracy,
- Radio, Music/Recording Industry
- American Studies,
- Documentary, Third Cinema,
- Popular Culture, Animation, Avant-Garde Cinema,
- Images of Women, Gender, Ethnicity/Race, History, Science, Politics in Film and Media.
Paper proposals are invited from ALL AREAS of film history and media studies. Proposals relating to the conference theme are encouraged, but also of interest are submissions on film history, classical Hollywood cinema, archival research, national cinemas, film genres and stars, auteur studies, film and music, media industry, television history and new media, science fiction, and cultural or political issues connected to the moving image. Proposal abstracts should be 200-300 words in length and are due by June 15, 2018.
Please submit your proposal electronically by entering your abstract on the Stars and Screen Conference Submission Form.
The conference’s keynote speakers and screenings include:
Thomas Schatz, Professor and Chair of the Department of Radio-Television-Film at The University of Texas at Austin and author of Hollywood Genres: Formulas, Filmmaking, and the Studio System; The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era; and Boom and Bust: American Cinema in the 1940s. He is working on a study of contemporary Hollywood, a history of Universal, and a revised edition of Hollywood Genres.
Matthew Bernstein, Professor and Chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies at Emory University and author of Walter Wanger, Hollywood Independent; Screening a Lynching: The Leo Frank Case on Film and Television; editor of Controlling Hollywood: Censorship and Regulation in the Studio Era and Michael Moore. He is working on Segregated Cinema: Atlanta, 1895-1962 and a history of Columbia Pictures.
Brian Neve, Honorary Reader in Art and Politics of Film at The University of Bath, UK and author of Film and Politics in America: A Social Tradition; Elia Kazan: The Cinema of an American Outsider; and The Many Lives of Cy Endfield: Film Noir, the Blacklist, and Zulu.
Cynthia Baron, Professor of Theatre and Film Studies, American Culture, and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Bowling Green State University and author of Denzel Washington; Modern Acting: The Lost Chapter of American Film and Theatre; and co-author of Reframing Screen Performance and More Than a Method.
Charles Maland, Professor of Film Studies, American Cultural Studies and American Literature at The University of Tennessee and author of Chaplin and American Culture: The Evolution of a Star Image; Frank Capra; City Lights; and American Visions: The Films of Chaplin, Ford, Capra, and Welles.
Jonathan Olshefski, Filmmaker and Rowan University Radio-TV-Film Associate Professor, will screen and discuss his award-winning documentary, Quest, which premiered in competition at Sundance in 2017 and went on to play in over 70 film festivals across 15 different countries winning the Grand Jury Prize at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the Truer than Fiction award at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Jonathan Mason, Filmmaker and Associate Professor (RTF) at Rowan University. His most recent short film, L’echappée is the recipient of the CANAL+ Short Film Prize, and screened at more than 50 festivals and on television in 25 countries, including the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival and Lincoln Center’s African Film Festival New York. He is currently developing the feature screenplay Schule (based on L’echappée) which was a selection of the 2017 Sundance Film Institute Writers’ Intensive.
The conference will take place at Rowan University, located in Glassboro, in South New Jersey. It is within easy driving distance of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and about 100 miles south of New York City, and is served by the nearby Philadelphia (PHL) airport. The Courtyard Marriott Glassboro-Rowan University Hotel is located adjacent to the Rowan University campus. Also, the Courtyard by Marriott Deptford Hotel, Fairfield Inn Deptford Hotel, Residence Inn Deptford Hotel, Candle House Inn B+B Boutique Hotel, and Hampton Inn Turnersville Hotel are just 15 minutes away, Marriott Town Place Suites Swedesboro Hotel, Hampton Inn Swedesboro Hotel, and Holiday Inn Swedesboro Hotel are just 20-25 minutes away, and there are numerous hotels in the nearby South Jersey, Philadelphia, and Delaware local area.