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>Subject: CFP: 2006 Film and Literature Conference at Florida State 
>University (10/1/05; 2/3/06-2/5/06)
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>31st Annual Film and Literature Conference at Florida State University
>Documenting Trauma, Documenting Terror
>February 3-5, 2006
>Call for Papers
>
>As terms denoting psychological states, "trauma" and "terror" each mark
>limits of expression. Representations of the traumatic
>past may just as easily repeat or act out an injury as resolve or work
>through it. Terror's present is famously blind, unthinking,
>sublime. Each of these terms thus suggests a failure of representation. Yet
>both trauma and terror have become central to the
>political discussions that chart our future, discussions that often aim to
>solidify and make actionable the difference between
>perpetrators and victims, terrorists and the terrorized, inhuman atrocity
>and justifiable retribution.
>
>What does it mean to document trauma or terror under such historical
>conditions? How might attempts to work through
>traumas be distinguished from the act of compulsively repeating them? Can
>the two ever be fully distinguished? These
>questions have long been central to considerations of how filmmakers,
>writers, and artists document the Holocaust. They have
>been important to investigations of U.S. racism, from the Middle Passage
>and Indian Removal, through lynching campaigns
>and the internment of Japanese Americans, to more recent hate crimes.
>Questions about what it means to document trauma are
>also increasingly germane to representations of September 11, 2001. The
>2006 FSU Film and Literature conference will
>extend these inquiries and look beyond them to considerations of many
>traumas and terrors.
>
>We hope the conference will also discuss the comparative field generated by
>"trauma" and "terror" as rubrics. Is it appropriate
>to see all traumas as comparable, as posing similar ethical challenges of
>documentation? Or do holocausts, lynchings,
>genocides, and hate crimes demand different explanatory frames? Are
>particular procedures necessary to represent an event as
>a trauma or an act of terror? If so, what are they? Do they differ in
>visual and verbal media? Do forms characterized as fiction
>employ different procedures from those characterized as nonfiction? In what
>ways and to what ends have filmmakers,
>playwrights, novelists, poets, journalists, and other documenters
>distinguished the perpetrators from victims and bystanders?
>How and with what consequences have they challenged or undermined those
>distinctions?
>
>Finally, the conference will consider the role the act of documenting plays
>in making traumatic histories possible. In what
>ways have assertions of the "way things are"--whether they represent
>traumas or not--contributed to unfolding horrors? We
>imagine a wide range of discussion from considerations of the figure of
>"the terrorist" in recent U.S. films and newspapers, to
>inquiries into the German and American propaganda films of World War II.
>
>Keynote Speakers
>Dominick LaCapra is Professor of History and Bowmar Professor of Human
>Studies and Comparative Literature at Cornell
>University. LaCapra is the recipient of various awards, including the 2001
>Dactyl Foundation Award for Aesthetic Theory.
>His books include: History, Politics, and the Novel (1987); Representing
>the Holocaust: History, Theory, Trauma(1994);
>History and Memory after Auschwitz (1998); Writing History, Writing Trauma
>(2001), and most recently, History in Transit:
>Experience, Identity, Critical Theory (2004).
>
>Brian Winston, is a Pro-Vice Chancellor (Vice-President) at the University
>of Lincoln. As an active journalist, documentary
>filmmaker, and writer, he worked as a producer/director at Granada
>Television and BBC-TV in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1985,
>he won a U.S. prime-time Emmy for documentary scriptwriting (at WNET, New
>York). His books include: Media Technology
>and Society (1998); Lies, Damn Lies, and Documentaries (2000); and
>Messages: Free Expression, Media, and the West from
>Gutenburg to Google (forthcoming, October 2005).
>
>Janet Walker is Professor of Film Studies at the University of California,
>Santa Barbara where she is also affiliated with the
>Women's Studies Program. She is the recipient of various awards, including
>a 2001 Distinguished Teaching Award from
>UCSB and a recent grant from the California Council for the Humanities to
>make a series of experimental video portraits of
>local Holocaust survivors and refugees. Her edited and authored books
>include: Feminism and Documentary, editor with
>Diane Waldman (1999); Westerns: Films through History (2001); and most
>recently, Trauma Cinema: Documenting Incest
>and the Holocaust (2005).
>
>Keith A. Beauchamp is a filmmaker who has dedicated 10 years of his life to
>telling the story of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old
>black boy brutally slain in Mississippi in the summer of 1955. His
>self-financed documentary is entitled The Untold Story of
>Emmett Louis Till. Beauchamp studied Criminal Justice and Civil Rights at
>Southern University (Baton Rouge, LA) and then
>moved to New York to become a filmmaker. He has worked in music video
>production with Big Baby Films and is founder of
>Till Freedom Comes Productions (TFCP), which is devoted producing,
>developing and distributing high quality entertainment
>that is both socially significant and educational.
>
>The deadline for conference panel proposals and abstracts is October 1, 2005.
>
>For further updates, please visit our website at
>http://english3.fsu.edu/~filmlit2006.
>
>Conference Organizers:
>Caroline "Kay" Picart (English), Mark Garrett Cooper (English), and Frank
>P. Tomasulo (Film School)
>
>
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