Call For Papers
WAR IN FILM, TV, AND HISTORY
November 11-14, 2004
Area CFP: War(s) on Terror - Final Call! Extended Proposal deadline September 15th, 2004
Proposals are invited for papers to be presented at the War in Film, Television, and History Conference, Dallas, Texas, November 11-14, 2004, in the area of "War(s) On Terror." Full conference details are available at the web address given below.
The events of September 11th, 2001 have focused attention on the dynamics of terrorism and counterterrorism, and cinematic and televisual representations of this form of intrastate, interstate, and transnational warfare. There is also a large and historically deep body of film and television, documentary and fictional works related to various "wars on terror." Proposals are welcomed for either panels or individual papers that examine the dynamics of terrorism and counterterrorism as portrayed in film and/or video during the 20th and early 21st century. This also includes fictional representations of future forms of terrorism and counterterrorism.
Proposals that represent the full range of methodological and ideological discussions re: representations of war(s) on terror are explicitly encouraged. Proposals are not restricted to US produced film and video, but film and video related to the multiple "wars on terror" in many nation-states. There are a number of possible subareas such as: technologies of surveillance and militarized counterterrorism; the civil liberties, privacy and human rights effects of terrorism and counterterrorism; and, the use of investigative documentaries and news coverage to examine both terrorist organizations and the excesses of state security agencies in dealing with "terrorism." Given that there is a great deal of discussion surrounding the definitional parameters of "terrorism" proposals that examine cinematic and videographic representations of "state terrorism", "narco-terrorism", and “cyber-terrorism” are also welcome.
Examples of possible works of film and video that could be explored include: The Battle of Algiers, La Boca Del Lobo (Peru), Rojo Amanecer (Mexico); news coverage and fictional representations of the events of 9/11/2001 and the aftermath; documentaries about the Weather Underground, the FBI's COINTELPROs and their various targets, Waco, Ruby Ridge; the Moscow hostage theater siege of October 2002; representations of terrorism and state terrorism in science fiction from Metropolis to The Matrix Trilogy; and representations of terrorism and state terrorism in television such as The Agency, Alias, Threat Matrix, 24, the X-Files, Millennium, Dark Angel, Harsh Realm, Star Trek(s), etc.; and films such as The Siege, American History X, Arlington Road, Collateral Damage, Die Hard, 12 Monkeys, The Chekist (Russia), Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Red Dawn, Michael Collins, Mississippi Burning, Birth of a Nation, Fahrenheit 9/11, The Grid, etc.. This list is by no means exhaustive.
While proposals for individual papers are welcome, panel proposals (three/four papers) are especially encouraged. Both electronic and hard copy submissions are acceptable.
Please send proposals, with a one or two paragraph abstract of each paper and a brief c.v. for each presenter, no later than September 15th, 2004, to:
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