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A conference on media, theater and history
Celebrating 50 Years of the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research
July 6 - 9, 2010
Madison, Wisconsin

Conference Abstracts

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Symposium Abstracts

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Tuesday, July 6th

  • Registration desk opens at 8:30am (front lobby, Pyle Center)
  • Coffee/tea/juice served in the 3rd floor reception area (outside rooms 325/236)

Session A — 9:30am–11:30am, room 325/326
Chair: Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Keynote Address: Professor Emeritus Tino Balio, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "A Child of the 60s: The Founding and Early Years of the Wisconsin Center for Theater Research"

Session B — 1:00pm–3:00pm

B1 — Symposium: Music, popular culture and taste (room 309)
Chair: Jason Loviglio, University of Maryland-Baltimore County

  • Christina Baade, McMaster University
    "Performing Cultural Exchange: the BBC Jam Sessions from New York, 1938/39"
  • Len Kuffert, University of Manitoba
    "Going Begging: Building Tasteful Programming in Canada During and After the Bigger Downturn"
  • Tim Wall, Birmingham City University
    "Radio Remotes and the Nightlife of the Big City"

B2 — The Borders of History (room 325/326)
Chair: Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Andreas Fickers, Maastricht University
    "Conservative Revolutions? Historicising Processes of Remediation"
  • Mary Beth Haralovich, University of Arizona
    "Film History with Television History: Weaving Together the Strands & Listening to the Pauses"
  • Marc Vernet, Universite de Paris VII & Andrea Comiskey, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "Questions Raised and Perspectives Opened by the Comparison Between the Harry and Roy Aitken Papers (Madison) and the John E. Allen — Triangle Papers (Paris)"

B3 — Difficult Debuts: Three Plays and the Productions that Determined Their Fate (room 225)
Chair: Tino Balio, University of Wisconsin-Madison, emeritus

  • Mary McAvoy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "Experiments in Democracy: Abe Lincoln, Dollar-Top Tickets, and the Recruitment of Young Audiences in Professional Theatre after the Federal Theatre Project"
  • Shannon Blake Skelton, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "Entertaining Mr. Taubman: Alan Schneider, Joe Orton and the Entertaining Mr. Sloane Controversy"
  • Bethany Wood, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "Ol' (Wo)Man River?: Broadway's Gendering of Edna Ferber's Show Boat"

B4 — Exploring Film Sound (room 226)
Chair: Jeff Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Katherine Spring, Wilfrid Laurier University
    "'To sustain illusion is all that is necessary': Voice-Doubling in Early Sound Cinema"
  • Benjamin Morton, University of Iowa
    "How Does it Sound in the Theater? Killing Sound for Sound Film Exhibition"
  • Maike Helmers, Bournemouth University
    "Film Sound During the Late Weimar Republic"

Session C — 3:30pm–5:30pm, room 325/326
Chair: Hugh Chignell, Bournemouth University

  • Symposium Keynote Address: Dr. Kate Lacey, University of Sussex
    "Paradoxes and Paradigms: Broadcasting and its Publics in the 1930s"

Conference Welcome Reception — 5:30pm–7:30pm, Alumni Lounge

Wednesday, July 7th

Session D — 9:30am–11:30am

D5 — Symposium: The Early Years of Television (room 325/326)
Chair: Christine Ehrick, University of Louisville

  • Anne-Katrin Weber, University of Lausanne–New York University
    "See Television at its Best on Stand No. 19: Display of technology and construction of symbolic meaning on German and British Radio Fairs"
  • Judith Keilbach, Utrecht University
    "Simple Concept, Complex Nature: German Television in the 1930s"
  • Jamie Medhurst, Aberystwyth University
    "'Delivering a fatal blow to British industry': the BBC and television in the 1930s"
  • Andreas Fickers, University of Maastricht
    "Broadcasting as Critical Infrastructure: a story of European fine-tuning and techno-political interferences"

D6Workshop: An Insider's View of the NEH Grant Process (room 225)

  • David Weinstein, National Endowment for the Humanities

D7 — Community/Alternative Histories (room 309)
Chair: Bill Kirkpatrick, Denison University

  • Nick Rubin, University of Virginia
    "College radio as 'alternative media'"
  • Brian Fauteux, Concordia University, Montreal
    "From Closed-Circuit to the Internet: The Development of Campus Radio Broadcasting in Canada"
  • Dean Graber, University of Texas-Austin
    "The Indian Occupation of Alcatraz Island and its 40-year Arc of Media Activism: 1969 and 2009"

D8 — Archives and the Internet (room 226)
Chair: Susan Ohmer, University of Notre Dame

  • Ken Garner, Glasgow Caledonian University
    "Ripping the Pith from the Peel: Institutional versus internet cultures of archiving popular music radio - The case of BBC Radio 1's John Peel Show"
  • Mark Hain, Indiana University
    "Resurrecting the Vamp: Cinema's Loss and New Media's Finding of Theda Bara"
  • Josh Jackson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "YouTube and the User-Generated Online Archive"

Session E — 1:00pm–3:00pm, room 325/326
Chair: Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Keynote: Matthew Bernstein, Emory University
    "From Fiction to Fact, and Points In Between: Research Adventures in the Wisconsin Archives"

E9 — Symposium: Radio Listeners and Critics (room 309)
Chair: Tim Wall, Birmingham City University

  • Anne F. MacLennan, York University
    "Learning to Listen: Developing the Canadian Radio Audience in the 1930s"
  • Jason Loviglio, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    "Domestic Disturbances and Economic Crisis: Modern Families on the Air in the 1930s and Today"
  • Sian Nicholas, Aberystwyth University
    "The BBC and its critics: the 'radio column' in the British press in the 1930s"

Session F — 3:30pm–5:30pm

F10 — Symposium: BBC Talks and Education (room 325/326)
Chair: Sian Nicholas, Aberystwyth University

  • Allan Jones, Open University
    "Science, the 1930s and the BBC: Competition and Collaboration"
  • Todd Avery, University of Massachusetts- Lowell
    "The Trumpets of Autocracies and the Still, Small Voices of Civilisation: Hilda Matheson, Emmanuel Levinas, and the Ethics of Broadcasting in a Time of Crisis"
  • Hugh Chignell, Bournemouth University
    "Unintended Consequences: BBC Talks Policy in the 1930s"

F11 — Conflict and Coordination in the Network Radio Era (room 225)
Chair: Mary Vipond, Concordia University, CA, emerita

  • Bill Kirkpatrick, Denison University
    "Getting the Local Under Control: National-Local Tensions in U.S. Network Radio of the 1930s"
  • Cynthia Meyers, College of Mount Saint Vincent
    "Dramatizing a Bar of Soap: Admen as the Showmen of Radio"
  • Jennifer Wang, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "Some Science and 'Je Ne Sais Quoi': Showmanship and the Early Days of Radio, 1927–1934"

F12 — Politics and the Archive (room 309)
Chair: Vance Kepley, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Sarah Nilsen, University of Vermont
    "The Visual Jazz of Shirley Clarke and D.A. Pennebaker: Avant-Garde Cinema and the Department of State"
  • Aniko Bodroghkozy, University of Virginia
    "The "Black Weekend" and Television Viewers: What the Archive Reveals about Public Response to the Kennedy Assassination"
  • David Haven Blake, College of New Jersey
    "Understanding Ike Day: From the Archives of Politics and Celebrity"

F13 — Selling Culture (room 226)
Chair: Katherine Spring, Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Avi Santo, Old Dominion University
    "Imagining Value: William Donahey's The Teenie Weenies and Struggles to Extend Character Brands in 1910s America"
  • Kyle Barnett, Bellarmine University
    "'I'm All Broke Out With the Blues:' Production Culture and Genre Formation at Wisconsin's Paramount Records"
  • Derek Johnson, University of North Texas
    "Labors of Love": Experimentations with Licensed Creativity in the Classic Network Era"

Cinematheque: Point of Order! — 7:00pm, 4070 Vilas Hall

  • Restored 2009 by UCLA Archives and WCFTR
  • Produced by: Emile de Antonio and Dan Talbot, 1964
  • Introduced by: Professor Vance Kepley, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thursday, July 8th

Session G — 9:30am–11:30am

G14 — Symposium: Radio, Communism and the Left (room 309)
Chair: Anne MacLennan, York University, CA

  • David Deacon, Loughborough Communication Research Centre
    "'A Quietening Effect'?: The BBC and the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939)"
  • Ben Harker, University of Salford
    "Communists on the BBC, 1935–39"
  • David Weinstein, National Endowment for the Humanities
    "Eddie Cantor Fights the Nazis"

G15Workshop: Broadcast History: Assessing Where We Stand (room 325/326)
Chair: Christopher Sterling, George Washington University

  • Louise M. Benjamin, Kansas State Univeristy
    "Truth Will Out: Questioning Historical Myths"
  • Noah Arceneaux, San Diego State University
    "Players and Policies Before 1927"
  • Craig Allen, Arizona State University
    "Old Events, New History"
  • Susan Brinson, Auburn University
    "Historical Trends in a Leading Journal"
  • Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "Researching Television, Nationally and Transnationally"
  • Christopher Sterling, George Washington University
    "What's Still Missing?"
  • Mike Adams, San Jose State University
    "Researching a Radio Pioneer's Work in Film"

G16 — Interrogating Texts and Authorship (room 225)
Chair: Mike Chopra-Gant, London Metropolitan University

  • Brad Schauer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "Blood Sport: Rollerball and Violence in 1970s Hollywood"
  • Andrew Spicer and Antony McKenna, University of the West of England
    "The Creative Producer: Michael Klinger"
  • Derek Long, Emory University
    "A Great Guy with Something to Sing About: James Cagney, Star Authorship, and Grand National Pictures"

G17 — Trouble in the Archive (room 226)
Chair: Steven Vaughn, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Susan Ohmer, University of Notre Dame
    "The Archive in the Age of eBay"
  • Leo Enticknap, University of Leeds
    "Film Restoration: The Implications of Film Scholars' Misunderstanding of the Science"

Session H — 1:00pm–3:00pm, room 325/326
Chair: Kelley Conway, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Keynote: Professor Marc Vernet, Universite de Paris VII–Diderot
    "The Imaginary Signifier and the Opacity of Film Archives: from Theory to History"

H18 — Symposium: Symposium: Radio, Gender, Nation (room 309)
Chair: Jamie Medhurst, University of Aberystwyth

  • Christine Ehrick, University of Louisville
    "Radio and the (Trans)gendered Soundscape in 1930s Argentina"
  • Nelson Ribeiro, the Catholic University of Portugal
    "The War of the Airwaves in Portugal during the 1930s"
  • Michael J. Socolow, University of Maine
    "'These Four Men:' NBC's Alternative Propaganda Model"
  • Mary Vipond, Concordia University, Montreal
    "Transnational Radio and Public Broadcasting in Canada in the Early 1930s"

Session I — 3:30pm–5:30pm

I19 — Symposium: Radio and Convergence in the 1930s (room 325/326)
Chair: Kate Lacey, University of Sussex

  • Kathy Fuller-Seeley, Georgia State University
    "Jack Benny's Intermedia Juggling Act: Integrating Radio and Film in the 1930s"
  • Matthew A. Killmeier, University of Southern Maine
    "Betwixt Hollywood and Pulp Horror: A Cultural History of The Witch's Tale"

I20 — Archives and Institutions (room 225)
Chair: Christopher H. Sterling, George Washington University

  • Tim Wall, Birmingham City University
    "Public Service broadcasting, archives, and cultural television"
  • Christopher Cwynar, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    " The Digital Archive as National Place in the Virtual World"
  • Jennifer Porst, University of California-Los Angeles
    "The U.S. v. Twentieth Century-Fox, et al.: How the Forced Disclosure of Documents in Legal Cases Provides an Invaluable Resource for Researchers"

I21 — Transnational Intersections (room 309)
Chair: Andreas Fickers, Maastricht University

  • Mary Trotter, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "The Irish Orson Welles"
  • Darrell Newton, Salisbury University
    "Quantifying race: NBC, BBC and Race Relations in the Early 1950s"
  • Billy Budd Vermillion, University of Illinois–Champaign-Urbana
    "'A Real Threat to the Supremacy of American Pictures': United Artists Responds to the Argentine Film Industry, 1933-1942"

I22 — Workshop: Film Preservation at the Academy Film Archive (room 226)

Cinematheque — 7:00pm, 4070 Vilas Hall

  • Special Collections from the Academy Film Archive: Newly Preserved WWII Homefront and Silent Rarities
  • Introduced by: Joe Lindner and Heather Linville, Academy Film Archive

Friday, July 9th

Session J — 9:30am–11:30am

J23 — Symposium: Radio, Culture and Nation (room 325/326)
Chair: Mary Vipond, Concordia University, CA, emerita

  • Avi Santo, Old Dominion University
    "The Lone Ranger: Building the National Market One Icon at a Time"
  • Hans-Ulrich Wagner, the Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research and the University of Hamburg
    "The promotion of "Volk", "Heimat", and "Nation" in the Literary Programme Offer by the "Norag" and the "Reichssender Hamburg" in the 1930s"
  • Magda Konieczna, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "Out of Our Pocket: Canadians debate the merits of public broadcasting, 1928–1932"
  • Darrell Newton, Salisbury University
    "Recruitment, race and transnational resistance: pre-war developments and BBC radio"

J24 — Documenting the Documentary: Postwar Public Affairs Programming (room 309)
Chair: Shawn VanCour, University of South Carolina

  • Paul Long, Birmingham City University
    "Inscribing the work of Philip Donnellan into documentary and other histories"
  • Robert E. Hunter, Guggenheim Postdoctoral Fellow, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian
    "The Quick and the Dead"
  • Matthew C. Ehrlich, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
    "Radio Utopia: Postwar Audio Documentary in the Public Interest"

J25 — Early Days: Media Culture in the 1920s (room 225)
Chair: Kathy Fuller-Seeley, Georgia State University

  • Michael Slowik, University of Iowa
    "Film Exhibition in Vaudeville: What We Learn From Keith-Albee Managers' Reports"
  • Anne MacLennan, York University
    "Interrogating the Archive: Everyday Early Canadian Radio"
  • Ross Melnick, University of California – Los Angeles
    "Dropped Call: AT&T and WEAF's Ill-Advised Censorship of Roxy and His Gang"

J26 — High, Low, and In-Between: US Media Culture in the 1940s (room 226)

  • Mike Chopra-Gant, London Metropolitan University
    "Dirty movies, or: why film scholars should stop worrying about Citizen Kane and learn to love bad films"
  • John-Stuart Fauquet, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "The Genre Dilemma: Marc Blitzstein's Regina and the History of American Musical Performance"
  • Cynthia Meyers, College of Mount Saint Vincent
    "BBDO and US Steel on Radio and Television, 1948-52: The Problems of Sponsorship, New Media, and the Communist Threat"

Session K — 1:00pm–3:00pm

K27 — Workshop: The National Recording Preservation Board, the National Film Preservation Board, and their Work (room 225)

K28 — Transitions (room 309)
Chair: Mary Beth Haralovich, University of Arizona

  • Elana Levine, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    "Seeing the Light: Transitioning daytime serials from radio to television"
  • Josh Shepperd, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "Understanding (Educational) Media: Marshall McLuhan at the NAEB, 1958–1960"
  • Andy Uhrich, New York University
    "The Role of Wrestling in Early Broadcast Television: Preserving the Syndicated TV Films of Russ Davis"

K29 — Visual Style in Film and Television (room 226)
Chair: Leo Enticknap, Leeds University

  • Patrick Keating, Trinity University
    "James Wong Howe at Warner Bros."
  • Jonah Horwitz, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "The Aesthetics of Live Anthology Drama, 1948–58"
  • Courtney White, University of Southern California
    "Now You Haven't Got a Woman to Look At": MGM's Glamorous Gallant Bess"

Special Tour of the Archives 3:30pm and 4:30pm (1 hour each)
Meet in the lobby of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Library Mall

  • Sign up at the registration desk for guided tours of the WCFTR and WHS archives, by our own archvists.

Cinematheque: The African Queen — 7:00pm, 4070 Vilas Hall

  • Newly restored by Paramount Pictures, with help from the WCFTR
  • Directed by: John Huston
  • Starring: Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart
  • Introduced by: Andrea Kalas, VP Archives, Paramount Pictures

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Contact Information

Professor Vance Kepley
Department of Communication Arts
Director & On, Archives! Organizer
Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Heather Heckman
Interim Director
Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research

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