SCIENCE FICTION IN BRITISH FILM AND TELEVISION Area
2008 Film & History Conference
"Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond"
October 30-November 2, 2008
Second-Round Deadline: May 1, 2008
AREA: Science Fiction in British Film and Television
The consistent quality of science-fiction films and television programs in Britain has won audiences for generations, both in the UK and around the world. One reason for this sustained popularity lies in the ability of British cinema and TV to constantly reinvent the genre, keeping it socially and philosophically elastic. How, for example, has British science fiction adapted to changes in the political and social climate or affected national policy or civic character? How have SF films and television programs represented Britain's concerns about the present or future or about the use and perception of history? What makes science fiction film and television in Britain distinctively "British"?
This area treats the last century of science fiction productions, from Maurice Elvey's The Tunnel (1935) and William Cameron Menzies' Things to Come (1936) to the landmark TV productions The Quatermass Experiment (1953), 1984 (1954), A for Andromeda (1961), and the latest Doctor Who.
Presentations may feature analyses of individual films and/or TV programs, surveys of documents related to their production, analyses of history and culture as explored through a set of films/TV programs, or comparisons between two or more science-fiction productions.
Paper topics might include utopian and dystopian films/TV programs, future warfare, censorship, representation of non-human life forms, politics, the Cold War, science-fiction after 9/11, ethics and morals, representations of science and scientists, myths and legends, terrorism, early science fiction, adaptations, comedy, government and institutions, disasters, environment, gender, ethnicity, race, class, etc.
Please note that all accepted papers will be considered for an anthology on British Science Fiction in Film and Television.
Please send your 200-word proposal by May 1, 2008 to
Tobias Hochscherf, Chair, Science Fiction in British Film and TV
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Media & Communication
Newcastle upon Tyne
Panel proposals for up to four presenters are also welcome, but each presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal. Deadline for second-round proposals: May 1, 2008.
This area, comprising multiple panels, is a part of the 2008 biennial Film & History Conference, sponsored by The Center for the Study of Film and History. Speakers will include founder John O’Connor and editor Peter C. Rollins (in a ceremony to celebrate the transfer to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh); Wheeler Winston Dixon, author of Visions of the Apocalypse, Disaster and Memory, and Lost in the Fifties: Recovering Phantom Hollywood; Sidney Perkowitz, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Physics at Emory University and author of Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, & the End of the World; and special-effects legend Stan Winston, our Keynote Speaker. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (www.uwosh.edu/filmandhistory).
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