The Film & History Conference

The 2021 Theme Will Be Announced later in 2020

The 2020 F&H Conference has been suspended.

The 2019 Theme was “Designing Culture and Character:
Technology in Film, Television, and New Media”

IT got us to the Moon, IT killed millions in World War II. How has “technologyā€¯ on and off the screen shaped the stories we have told ourselves? How have those stories changed, even as the technology has changed? The voices and visions of technology in film, television, and new media pose real challenges to our understanding of societies and individuals. When, for example, does a sword or a computer or a car or a hand-stitched suit define a hero or a villain–or a genre…or a gender? How are plotlines or directorial styles affected by period technologies and by the ideologies that underwrite them? In what ways is the history of film the history of technology?

The 2019 Film & History Conference will be held November 14-17, at The Madison Concourse Hotel (Madison, WI, USA).

Our keynote speaker was to be Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Academy Award nominee and Founding Director and Chair of the David C. Copley Center for Costume Design, UCLA. However, Deborah was unable to attend because of an emergency.

The eminent theorist and film historian David Bordwell graciously–and heroically–stepped in to serve as keynote speaker, and the results were spectacular, offering Film & History participants a provocative and entertaining look at one of the fundamental, yet aesthetically evolving, technologies of filmmaking.


Group Rate Discount: REGISTER NOW
(discount ends at midnight, C.S.T., on
October 21, 2019)

If rooms fill up, please check with nearby hotels for available rooms.

(Late Registration is available; inclusion in the program is not guaranteed)

Late Registration

Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Lawrence University, Memorial Hall B5
711 E. Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911