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Seeking Panel for Paper on Christian Bale and Jonah Hill Locked Topic 0 J. Jones I am seeking a panel for a paper on Christian Bale and Jonah Hill for the 2020 SCMS conference. The paper will focus on a comparison of texts and discourses surrounding weight gains and losses in the roles of male actors in contemporary American cinema. The paper could apply to panels in multiple areas, including Cinema, Masculinity, Embodiment and Identity, and Performance. Please message at with any potential interest or leads. Thanks!
by J. Jones
Friday, June 14, 2019
The Tween on Screen Locked Topic 0 T. Shary Seeking papers by interested colleagues who consider the roles of younger adolescents in movies or TV, American or beyond. There has been a growing body of work about teenagers in cinema, yet very little of it examines the transitional years of adolescence between childhood and puberty, which is primarily characterized in the U.S. school system by "junior high" or "middle school"— roughly ages 11-13. Tween characters are generally depicted as resisting their childhood identity but not yet invited into the true "teen" lifestyle. This can be seen quite explicitly in the recent Eighth Grade (2018); other recent examples include It (2017), Inside Out (2015), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid films (2010-17). TV shows include Andi Mack (2017-19), Stranger Things (2016-19), black-ish (2014-19), The Goldbergs (2013-19), and Malcom in the Middle (2000-06). Foreign films include Capernaum (2018), Boy (2010), Let the Right One In (2008), The Butcher Boy (1997), and Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987). Studies of any aspects about tween characters in such examples are welcome. Please direct queries and proposals-- by August 10-- to Timothy Shary at
by T. Shary
Friday, June 14, 2019
Evolutionary Film Theory Locked Topic 0 M. Larsen Applying evolutionary theory to film and literature is an emerging field with considerable ambition. In Evolution, Literature, and Film (2010, Columbia University Press) Brian Boyd, Joseph Carroll, and Jonathan Gottschall write “We believe that evolutionary theory promises the deepest, widest, and most reliable knowledge about humankind and all its works.” The approach regards cinematic works “as arising out of human nature—the evolved and adapted character of the human mind” (from the field’s new journal, Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture). Bringing insights from evolutionary sciences into the humanities offers a valuable range of tools for scholars seeking to understand how humans use stories. This panel seeks to bring these new perspectives to the exploration of film, TV, or other narrative media. Topics could include, but are not limited to: - Character behavior understood through an evolutionary lens. - Story structure as result of evolved cognitive features. - Film as medium to inspire deep motivation and rapid response. - Evo theory to explain features of the culture a story arose from. - Genres understood through evolutionary psychology. - Agonistic structure as adaptive social process on a cultural level. - Stories as medium for gene-culture co-evolution. - Fiction as preparation for a complex, modern reality. - Film and TV used to divide or unite us nationally and globally. Please submit a title, an abstract (max. 2500 characters), a bio (max. 500 characters), and 3–5 bibliographic sources to by August 1. Do not hesitate to email if you have questions. Panelists will be notified by August 13.
by M. Larsen
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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