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CFP: Celluloil: Energy Resources in Visual Media

2013 June 20
by Shared by Steve Rust

Energy is one of the key issues of our time: where we get it, how we consume it, and the effects of our dependence on it. This panel seeks papers analyzing energy resources –– from fossil to nuclear to renewable –– in narrative feature films, documentaries, animation, videos, television shows, or any other visual media form.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
• Modern industrial infrastructures (e.g. the built environment in Red Desert)
• Coal and class on the British screen (e.g. blue-color workers in Billy Elliot, Steptoe and Son, Young Adam)
• Transnational flows (e.g. circulating oil, water, and human labor in The Black Sea Files)
• Visions of the apocalypse (e.g. blazing Kuwaiti wells in Lessons of Darkness, Waterworld, Mad Max)
• Fuel in the James Bond franchise (e.g. Quantum of Solace, The World Is Not Enough, Never Say Never Again)
• “Clean” power (e.g. Gattaca, Wall-E, Monsters, Inc., Carbon Nation, Windfall)
• Gender relations against an atomic backdrop (e.g. Kiss Me Deadly, Silkwood, The China Syndrome)

Paper proposals should include a 250-word abstract and the name, affiliation, and contact email of the presenter. Please send all materials to Ila Tyagi at by JULY 15, 2013.

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