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Annual Conference

Each year the FMSGSO organizes and hosts an academic conference. The first, in February 2010, saw 15 scholars, 5 moderators, and the filmmakers Ted Hope and Prajna Parasher descend on Pittsburgh for two days of panels, two screenings, and two keynote addresses – broadly on the topic of Thinking Inside the Box: Encounters, Clashes and Strange Symbioses of Art and Industry. In October 2011, twenty-six scholars, or nine panels, visited to discuss Battlegrounds: Sites and Sights of Conflict. Stephen Prince, renowned film scholar and author of the recent Firestorm: American Film in the Age of Terrorism, gave the keynote address.