‘Stars & Screen’ Film & Media History Conference | September 27-29, 2018 – Schedule

Stars and Screen 
Film and Media History Conference
September 27-29, 2018

Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ

Conference CFP + Hotel Info

All events are scheduled on the Rowan University, Glassboro campus. Map
Thursday, September 27, 3:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Keynote Speakers –
Bozorth Auditorium
Thomas Schatz, University of Texas at Austin
“Film History, Industry, Genres”            
Charles Maland, University of Tennessee
Chaplin, the Tramp, and the Dynamics of an Evolving Star Image           
Matthew Bernstein, Emory University
Columbia Pictures”
Brian Neve, University of Bath
“Stars, Gangsters, and Hot Air: Key Largo (1948) and Post-war Hollywood Politics”           
Cynthia Baron, Bowling Green State University
“Stars and Performance”

Thursday, September 27, 6:30 pm
Stars & Screen Reception
– Rowan Planetarium, Science Hall Atrium 
Thursday, September 27, 7 pm – Planetarium Show  Rowan Planetarium
Stars On Screen: Star Gazing Amy Barraclough, Rowan University, Planetarium Director
Thursday, September 27, 7:30 pm – Interdisciplinary Session – Rowan Planetarium
Stars & Screen: Moving
Images of ScienceChair, John Gizis
John Gizis, University of Delaware           
Emily Rice, American Museum of Natural History/College of Staten Island  
Casey Walker, University of Texas at Austin/StarDate 
Jamie Holder, University of Delaware
Amy Barraclough, Rowan University, Planetarium Director
Stan Owocki, University of Delaware 
Thursday, September 27, 8 pm – Rowan Planetarium
Stars On Screen: Space, the Final Frontier

David Bianculli, Rowan University
Star Trek Through the Ages: A Video Voyage of Shows and Spoofs”


Friday, September 28, 9 am – 10:15 am

Panel 1A: Creating and Subverting Classic Hollywood Star Personas Bozorth 112
Chair, Katrina Margolis

Seth Majnoon, The New School
“Hungry for Dracula: Bela Lugosi Versus the American Film Market”

Chad Newsom, Savannah College of Art and Design
“‘You’ll Never Be Jennifer Jones Again’: Jennifer Jones and Melodramatic Stardom”
Katrina Margolis, University of Texas at Austin
“Heartthrob to Louse: Reception and Adaptation of Performance in Sweet Smell of Success

Panel 1B: Star Images of Blackness Bozorth 107
Chair, Michael Reinhard  Jodi Van Der Horn-Gibson    
Jodi Van Der Horn-Gibson, City University of New York Queensborough, and Janice Kelly, Molloy College
“The Shifting Landscape of Black Masculinity in Film From Jim Crow to Childish Gambino”
Michael Reinhard, University of California, Los Angeles
“Reclaiming the Body in Contemporary Female Pop”

Panel 1C: Comedy and Romance Stars From Early Cinema to Television Bozorth 108
Chair, Walter Metz
Virginia Blum, University of Kentucky
“Serialized Love in Early Cinema”
Garry Berman, Independent Scholar
“How New Mass Media Affected Comedy, From Silent Films to Television”
Walter Metz, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
“Inherit the Rom-Com: The Representation of the Supreme Court in First Monday
in October

Friday, September 28, 10:30 am – 11:45 am           
Panel 2A: Wartime to Postwar Hollywood Stars, Casting and Screen Techniques Bozorth 112
Chair, Sheri Chinen Biesen
Peter Lev, Towson University
Casablanca and Casting”
Sheri Chinen Biesen, Rowan University
“WomenStars’ of Film Noir: On-Screen and Behind-the-Scenes in 1940s Hollywood”
Joshua Gleich, University of Arizona
“Editing and Location Shooting: The Incongruities of Continuity Editing in Post World War II Hollywood”           
Panel 2B: Constructions of Star Ethnicity and National Identity – Bozorth 107
Chair, Amanda McMenamin Megan Hermida Lu
Matthew Douthitt, Rowan University
Fu Machu: Asian Evil and Body Horror”                       
Megan Hermida Lu, Boston University
“The American Butterfly On Screen”
Amanda McMenamin, Wilson College
“The Star Symbolizing a Nation: Alfredo Castro in the Synecdochic Series of Chilean Cineaste Pablo Larraín”

Panel 2C: Creating Stars in the Digital Era Bozorth 108
Chair, Andrea Comiskey
Andrea Comiskey, Franklin & Marshall College, and Luke Rosica, Independent Scholar
“Focalization, Frequency, and Seriality in the App and Miniseries Versions of Mosaic                        
Joshua Bastian Cole and Katherine Thorsteinson, Cornell University
“A Star Falls Down to Earth: The Alien and The Ordinary in Under the Skin
Michael Morgan, New York City College of Technology (CUNY)
“Artisanal Filmmaking and Performed Authorship Within Digital Cinema: The Intimate Presence of Lars Von Trier”
Lunch Break - Friday, September 28, 11:45 am – 12:15 pm  
Friday, September 28, 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Panel 3A: Starring Roles, Small-Parts, and Promotional Images: War and Postwar Visibilities of Hollywood Performers – Bozorth 112 – Co-Chairs, Will Scheibel and Shelley Stamp
Will Scheibel, Syracuse University
“Gene Tierney Before Laura: Female Stardom and Hollywood’s Homefront During World War II”           
Charlene Regester, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
“Criminalizing Whiteness Through the Appropriation of Blackness: Sam McDaniel as a Signifier of Blackness in Double Indemnity (1944)”
Shelley Stamp, University of California, Santa Cruz
“Noir’s Tough Guys and their Female Fans”           

Panel 3B: Casting and Constructions of Stardom – Bozorth 107
Chair, Casey Walker
Seda Öz, University of Delaware
“Spatial Identities: Urban City as the Modern Anti-Hero in Public Enemy and Scarface                       
Linn Lönroth, Stockholm University
“‘Picture Stealers’ - The Reception of Hollywood Character Actors, ca. 1920-1950”
Casey Walker, University of Texas at Austin
Hollywood’s Trouble with Casting Double”

Panel 3C: Women Filmmakers Behind the Scenes and On Screen Bozorth 108
Chair, Kimberly Selinske
Kimberly Selinske, Colorado State University
“Behind the Screen: The Women of Walt Disney Productions (1923-1964)”
Emi Gonzalez, Central Connecticut State University
“Interior and Exterior Reflections of Self-Identity in Vivre se vie and Cléo de 5 à 7

Friday, September 28, 1:45 pm – 3 pm
Panel 4A: Performing Sound, Music, Vocals and Stardom Bozorth 112
Chair, Kyle Barnett
Kyle Barnett, Bellarmine University
“Screen Stars at 78rpm: Fandom, Media and Material Culture, 1910-1930
Landon Palmer, University of Tampa
Who’s That Girl: Madonna at the Beginning and the End of Hollywood Screen Stardom”
Colleen Montgomery, Rowan University
“Stars and the Animated Screen”           

Panel 4B: Creating and Envisioning Stars From DeMille to Nancy Drew – Bozorth 107
Chair, David Blanke
David Blanke, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
“From Stock Company to Stardom: Women and Women’s Portrayals in Cecil B. DeMille’s Western Melodramas, 1914-1947”
Dorian Bowen, Living Computers: Museum + Labs
“Elegant Visionary: The Multimedia Legacy of Robert Montgomery”
Matthias Smith, Columbus State University
“The Mystery of the Red Tape: A Study of Nancy Drew in Film and Television”
Panel 4C: ‘Star’ Auteur Techniques From Welles to Hitchcock – Bozorth 108
Chair, Brennan Thomas
Reena Dube, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
“(Dis)Locating Maternal Anxieties: Women in Orson Welles’ noir films Lady from Shanghai (1948) and Touch of Evil (1958)”
Bruce Merrill, Independent Scholar
“Welles’ Alteration of the Climax of Citizen Kane
Brennan Thomas, Saint Francis University
“‘Undertook Rope as a Stunt’: Revisiting the Aesthetic and Voyeuristic Appeals of Hitchcock’s First Technicolor Film”

Friday, September 28, 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm                        
Panel 5A: Transnational Auteurs, Brands and Archival History Bozorth 112
Chair, Joseph Bierman
Joseph Bierman, Rowan University
“The Dangers of Losing One’s Accent: Irish Filmmaker Jim Sheridan’s recent films In America
Derek Long, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“The Star Series: Negotiating Stars as Brands in Early Hollywood Distribution”           
Luci A Marzola, Chapman University/Media History Digital Library
“‘Every Issue a Collector’s Item’: Hollywood Studio Magazine and the Valley of Nostalgia”
Panel 5B: International Cinema Bozorth 107
Chair, Naghmeh Rezaie
Tania Ahmadi, Columbia University
“International Cinema: Shahla Riahi, Iran’s First Female Director”                       
Naghmeh Rezaie, University of Delaware
“From Herzog to Hamoun: An Evolutionary Cross-Cultural Journey”                       
Panel 5C: Musical Stars and Auteurs – Bozorth 108
Chair, Dennis Bingham
Peter M. Catapano, New York City College of Technology
“Nostalgia for Entertainment: Singin’ in the Rain and Film History” 

Dennis Bingham, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
“Stars and Auteurs in the Hollywood Renaissance: The Case of Bob Fosse”                       
Joseph Giunta, Independent Scholar
“A Musical at the Margins: La La Land and Damien Chazelle’s Postmodern Stars”

Friday, September 28, 4:45 pm – 6 pm
Panel 6A: Stardom in Transitional Moments in Hollywood Bozorth 112
Chair, Emily Carman
Kristen Hatch, University of California, Irvine
“‘A Waltz Girl in a Jazz Age’: Janet Gaynor and the Transition to Sound
Keri Walsh, Fordham University
“Shelley Winters, 1955-1965: Feminist Method Actor as Star?”
Emily Carman, Chapman University
The Misfits: A Requiem for Classical Hollywood”           

Panel 6B: Women Stars and Female Labor From the Silent Era and Beyond Bozorth 107
Chair, Denise Mok
Denise Mok, University of Toronto
“Marion Davies’s Stardoms: Showgirl to Screwball Star”
Zach Jansen, National University
“From Lois Weber to the 21st Century: 100 Years of the New Woman, the Feminine Mystique, and Third-Wave Feminism”
Panel 6C: Challenging Assumptions About Stardom in the 21st Century – Bozorth 108
Chair, Daniel Smith-Rowsey
Daniel Smith-Rowsey, St. Mary’s College
“Unpacking the Casting of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man 
Amy Cook, Stony Brook University
“Building Character and Counter Casting”                                   
Edward O’Neill, Independent Scholar
“Is Stardom Still Classical? Stardom and Notoriety in the Age of Pornography and the Reality TV President” 

Dinner Break – Friday, September 28, 6 pm – 6:30 pm  
Friday, September 28, 6:30 pm
Film Screening: L’échappée (2016) and Quest (2017) – Bozorth Auditorium

Moderator, Joseph Bierman hosts Q&A Discussion with
Rowan University Filmmakers:
Jonathan Olshefski, Director, Quest           
Jonathan Mason, Director, L’échappée

Saturday, September 29, 9 am – 10:15 am
Panel 7A: Film and Television History and the Hollywood Blacklist Bozorth 112
Chair, Brian Neve
Judith E. Smith, University of Massachusetts Boston
“What Happened to Lydia Bailey (1952): White Adventure, the Haitian Revolution and the Hollywood Blacklist”
David Bushman, The Paley Center for Media
“Television and the Blacklist: Charles Russell, Unknown Soldier”
Paul Monticone, Rowan University
“Win with Willkie: The 1941 Propaganda Hearings and the Hays Office”            
Panel 7B: Reimagining Women Stars, and Star Wars Bozorth 108
Chair, Flavia Soubiran           
Sonia Brand-Fisher, Columbia University
“Though She Be But Little, She Is Fierce: What Mary Pickford and Reese Witherspoon Reveal about the Shifting Functions of the Female Film Star”
Flavia Soubiran, University of Montreal
“Falling Stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age: A Study on the Aging Star from the 50’s until today

Blue Profitt, Bowling Green State University
“In Luke More Than Luke: Incestuous Narcissism and Congenital Morality in the Star Wars Saga”
Saturday, September 29, 10:30 am 11:45 am
Panel 8A: Neo-Noir Aesthetics and Technology Bozorth 112
Chair, John Powers
John Powers, Washington University in St. Louis
“A Lab of One’s Own: Experimental Filmmakers in the Commercial Film Laboratory, 1960-80”
Daniel Carrigy, Macquarie University
“Manifest Desire: Pseudo-Stars and the Fifties Frontier in L.A. Confidential

Alex Geffard and Drew Kopp, Rowan University
“‘You see, I have this condition’: Memento’s Leonard Shelby as Archetypal Binge Watcher” 
Panel 8B: Filmmakers and Filmmaking Perspectives – Bozorth 108
Chair, Diana Nicolae
Diana Nicolae, Rowan University
One Mother’s Fire: The Gail Minger Story/Red Darkness before Dawn
use of recreations and creative B-roll in the documentary process”
Maaman Rezaeetazangi, Rowan University
“Making Family of Too Many
Keir Politz, Rowan University
“Making Entropia

Thank you to everyone who generously donated their time and support to make the ‘Stars & Screen’ Film & Media History Conference possible. Special thanks, gratitude and much appreciation to the Rowan University College of Communication and Creative Arts and the CCCA Deans office for generously supporting the Stars & Screen Conference with a CCCA STORI Grant to fund and enable this interdisciplinary event. Thank you!
Organizer and Conference Chair: Sheri Chinen Biesen, Rowan University
Program Committee:
Sheri Chinen Biesen (chair), Rowan University
Steven Carr, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
John Gizis, University of Delaware           
Walter Metz, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Organizing Committee:
Sheri Chinen Biesen (chair), Rowan University
Joseph Bierman, Rowan University
Keith Brand, Rowan University
John Gizis, University of Delaware           
Colleen Montgomery, Rowan University

Advisory Board:
Sheri Chinen Biesen (chair), Rowan University
Cynthia Baron, Bowling Green State University
Matthew Bernstein, Emory University
Joseph Bierman, Rowan University
Steven Carr, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Nicholas Cull, University of Southern California
John Gizis, University of Delaware           
Charles Maland, University of Tennessee
Walter Metz, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Colleen Montgomery, Rowan University
Brian Neve, University of Bath
Thomas Schatz, University of Texas at Austin