Seeking individual papers or whole panels addressing the theme "Legal Institutions and Law in the American West/Westerns" for presentation at the 2002 meeting of the Film & History Society to be held at the Kansas City Marriott, Country Club Plaza. 2002 Film & History Society Conference, The American West in Film, TV, and History, Kansas City Marriott, Kansas City, MO November 7-10, 2002.
For details about the meeting, the site, and travel, see the web site.
Just how do images of law, lawlessness and legal institutions shape popular consciousness about the American West? Why have these images been so persistent? This section of the Film and History Society conference will provide panels that discuss these and other questions. Papers, group presentation and/or entire panels might address (but are not limited to):
The construction of the "outlaw" and/or the "bandit"
Water and land struggles and the law
Images of courts, lawyers and other legal officials
Resolution of social conflict in the west
Lynchings and other "extra-legal" violence
Race, class, gender, sexuality and the law
Law and legality on the U.S./Mexico border
Deadline for proposals is August 15, 2002.
Please snail-mail or e-mail a 150-200-word paper proposal and a brief biographical note of the individual presenting and/or the group members of a panel to:
David A. Reichard
Assistant Professor of History
Institute for Human Communication
California State University, Monterey Bay
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA 93955
707-664-2608 (until summer 2002)
831-582-3889 (after August 15, 2002)
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