11-14 November 2004 www.filmandhistory.org
MEDIEVAL FILMS AREA CFP: MEDIEVAL FILMS AT WAR
The Film & History League, with the Literature/Film Association, will be holding its conference on "War in Film, Television, and History" during November 11-14, 2004, near Dallas, Texas. Full details on the location, registration procedures, and additional area topics can be found on the web site at .
This year's conference explores how wars have been presented in film and television programming. War has long been a popular subject for filmmakers, and we recognize that war and films about war are not limited to the modern era. Other historical epochs, from the hostilities of Biblical times and classical antiquity to the battles of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries, also have much to offer film audiences. In particular, the Middle Ages, a thousand-year expanse of human history, is a period beset with conflicts that have been transferred to the medium of film, and filmgoers have experienced the medieval period in approximately six hundred films that show Western Europeans in struggle with outside threats (such as Arabic, Asiatic, Germanic, or Scandinavian "invaders") as well as in contention with each other over heresies, schisms, or the desire for territory.
The Medieval Films Area seeks proposals for inclusion at this year's conference under the general theme of "Medieval Films at War". Presentations submitted for the Medieval Films Area must address some aspect of war or warfare in medieval, Arthurian, or pseudo-medieval film. Papers should also illustrate how the production relates to history or historiography, and the guidelines for the journal Film & History (reproduced below) offer some suggestions for investigating this aspect of medieval film:
Analysis of individual films and/or television programs from a historical perspective (viewing the films/programs as historical artifacts)
Survey of documents related to the production of films (how films move from initial ideas to the finished screen version)
Analysis of history as explored through film (using film critically in the classroom)
Please submit proposals to the area chair at the address listed below. Deadline for proposals is 30 July 2004. For your convenience, a select bibliography devoted to the study of medieval film appears online as Medieval Studies at the Movies at http://KingArthurForever.home.att.net/msam.htm.
For more information, contact Chair Micheal A. Torregrossa.
Michael A. Torregrossa
34 Second Street
Smithfield, RI 02917-3627
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