Thursday, October 13, 2011

CFP: Behind the Sherlockian Screen (11/1/2011; 8/31-9/3/2012)

“Behind the Sherlockian Screen,” co-sponsored by The School of Theater, Film and Television, UCLA, and The Baker Street Irregulars

Abstract Deadline: November 1, 2011
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2012

Date & Time: Program commences on the evening of Friday, August 31, 2012, and ends on the morning of Monday, September 3, 2012

Location: Melnitz Theater, UCLA, Westwood, California

Event Description:
This academic conference will examine the historical and technical aspects of the 200+ Sherlock Holmes films and television programming. It will consider the history of such films and the principal actors, writers, and directors; it will also consider the craft of making these and other period films, including screenwriting, costume and set design, locations, directing, and producing. Speakers will be persons with academic or practical experience in the relevant fields, including renowned Victorian and film historians, archivists, screenwriters, costume and set designers, directors, and producers, as well as amateur Sherlockian scholars. The conference will include numerous film clips and rare films; however, the program is not intended as a “film festival.” It is expected that the conference will be attended by academics, students, and professionals working in the field as well as avid fans and Sherlockians from around the world.

Paper Requirements (topic):
Submissions are invited on any topic relevant to the event. Suggestions and examples include:

  • Biographical papers on prominent actors, directors, or screenwriters involved in filming Sherlock Holmes
  • Common themes in the stories filmed
  • Sherlock Holmes as propaganda
  • The depiction of women in Sherlock Holmes films
  • Period costuming and its problems
  • Anachronisms in Sherlock Holmes films
  • Rediscovering lost classics; searching for lost films
  • How the films reflect their times

Note: We expect to publish all papers selected for delivery at the conference; some papers may be selected for publication and not for delivery. Persons submitting papers are invited to attend the conference, but attendance is not mandatory for acceptance of a paper.

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Contact name: Leslie S. Klinger
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Contact Phone Number: 310-475-1444