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Queer Film and Television @ Film and History 2015

Posted By Bridget Kies, Sunday, April 12, 2015

Apologies for cross-posting.  Thought I'd post here in case some of you aren't on FB.  I'm the area chair for Queer Film and Television for the Film and History conference, being held this year from Nov. 4-8 in Madison, WI.  This year's theme is "Journeys, Breakdowns, and Detours."  I hope we can get a really good turnout in this area.  Please submit!  We want you and your work!

CFP: Queer Film/Television

In Making Things Perfectly Queer, Alexander Doty argues that queerness is a “reception practice that is shared by all sorts of people in varying degrees of consistency and intensity” including those who do not traditionally identify as queer. Doty’s understanding of queerness seems at odds with other definitions of the term that position it as detour or breakdown: in opposition to normativity; without futurity; sideways. In order to study queer film and television, we must begin by acknowledging that the term queer itself has had many journeys, detours, and breakdowns.

This area invites 20-minute papers that investigate queer film and television through the conference theme of “Journeys, Detours, and Breakdowns.” Possible paper topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conflicting representations of LGBT+/queer identities within queer film/TV or mainstream media
  • Depictions of political struggles for equality and acceptance in film/TV
  • Coming out journeys
  • Industrial practices that impede or encourage the development of queer films, film festivals, television series, and television networks
  • Reception and audience practices that disrupt or alter intended meanings of film/TV

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by June 1, 2015, to the area chair:

Bridget Kies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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