Call for Papers—Rodeo Movies: The West in the Arena
The Film & History Conference on the West in Film and TV (Nov.7-10 in Kansas City, MO) welcomes your contributions to the topic of the Reconstructed West in Rodeo Movies. Movies and TV shows from any era in which rodeo is featured as a dominant theme will promote engaging discussion; from the 1920s "The Bull-dogger," featuring Bill Pickett, to the 1990s "8 Seconds," starring Luke Perry
as former world champion bull rider Lane Frost. Below are some suggested issues of interest, but please feel free to improvise:
Manifestations of the wild versus the tame, or frontier versus civilization in rodeo movies.
Transference of the “cowboy code” to the rodeo cowboy.
Portrayals of race/ethnicity, gender relations and sexual orientation
Portrayals of the rodeo culture.
The rodeo cowboy hero and issues of masculinity
The “reel West” in rodeo movies versus the “real West” in rodeo
The deadline for a 250 word abstract is August 15, 2002. Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Please send abstracts and other relevant inquiries to the address below
For more information about the conference, visit the Film & History website.
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