Kidding Around: The Child in Film and Media
An Interdisciplinary Conference
September 26-27, 2008 (Rescheduled from Feb. 29-March 1)
University of the District of Columbia
The University of the District of Columbia Film Committee invites papers on the theme of the Child in Film and Media for an interdisciplinary conference to be held on the UDC campus on September 26-27, 2008.
Representations of children in today's media intersect with contextual issues that demand scholarly consideration. As the academic and commercial markets' attention to children's literature and media increases, the need to explore how children are used, targeted, explored, and represented in books, films, games, and toys grows. This conference will explore how different media, particularly film, deal with definitions of childhood, the place of the child in differing texts, and the connections scholars and critics have made with these various forms of media.
Papers might consider (but are not limited to) the following topics:
Historical Intersections: Children’s Media and History
Illustrated and Animated: Visual Representations of Children
So Unreal: Magic and Fantasy
[Mis]appropriations of Racial Identity in Children’s Media
Consumerism, Corporatization, and Advertising: The Child and the Market
Violence: Screen to Text
The Elephant in the Room: Sex in Children’s Media
Nationalistic Fantasy, Identity, and Power
Animals Among Us: Intersections of Human and Animal
Graphic, Anime, and Manga: New Media, New Century
Trains and Atari: Toys, Games, and Children
Disability and Representations of the Child
Him/Her/It: Gender and the Child
The Virtual Space of Childhood: From 8-bit to HD
Papers addressing individual authors and works in developing these themes are encouraged. Panel proposals are welcome.
Please email your 250-word abstract, contact information, and a brief bio to Alexander Howe at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Deadline for Submissions: August 1, 2008. Early submissions are appreciated.
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