The 2017 Film & History Conference
November 1-5

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Gods & Heretics
The 2016 Film & History Conference

Call for Papers

Gods & Heretics:
Figures of Power and Subversion in Film & Television
The 2016 Film & History Conference
26-30 October 2016
The Hilton Milwaukee; Milwaukee, WI, USA



REGISTRATION (Hotel and Conference)

Deadline for Regular Registration: 15 September 2016

A/V Information

Propose a Paper

Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal invites submissions of 20-minute papers or pre-formed panels (three papers and a chair) for its 2016 conference: "Gods & Heretics: Figures of Power and Subversion in Film & Television." The conference is organized into multiple themed areas; to submit a proposal, follow this link:

List of Areas


Keynote Speaker: Thulani Davis

We are honored to announce that member of the Black Writers Hall of Fame and Grammy-winning screenwriter, poet, novelist, playwright, journalist, librettist, critic, and scholar Thulani Davis will present the keynote at our 2016 conference!

Dr. Davis is a multidisciplinary author and artist whose work includes the memoir My Confederate Kinfolk: A 21st Century Freedwoman Discovers Her Roots; novels Maker of Saints and 1959; poetry collections Playing the Changes and All the Renegade Ghosts Rise; plays The Souls of Black Folk and Everybody's Ruby; libretti for X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X and Amistad, An Opera; as well as articles in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Ms, The Nation, and Black Quarterly Review.

She is the first female recipient of a Grammy for Best Album Notes on Aretha Franklin's Queen of Soul - The Atlantic Recordings. She is also the recipient of the Paul Robeson Cultural Democracy Award, a Legacy Award from the New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women, a Chicago Humanities Festival Award, and many others.


Chair an Area

Proposals for addtional areas are now being accepted only on a limited basis. Chairing an area presents a wonderful opportunity to help shape the conference, network with other film and history scholars, and develop conference organizing skills. All areas will be organized and, if necessary, revised by the area chair manager, in order to ensure coverage and distribution.


Duties of an Area Chair

Possible Additional Areas:

Defying the Boundaries of Beauty and Knowledge: Artists and Scientists
It Is Written: Adaptations
Heretical Knowledge: Representations of Teachers and Students
From Hollywood to Bollywood: Icons, Stars, Idols, and Culture Clash
Breaking New Ground: Production and Innovation
Worshipping Perfection: The Body on Screen
Defying Limitations: Age and Disability
Beyond Mere Mortals: Superheroes and Supervillains

Past Film & History Conferences

The Film & History conference began in 2000 under the leadership of editor-in-chief Peter Rollins. Held biennially from 2000-2012 and annually beginning in 2013, it has grown into an international event for scholars working in a wide range of disciplines.

List of past Film & History conferences


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