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Chaplin Conference in the Heartland


CHARLIE IN THE HEARTLAND INTERNATIONAL “CHARLIE CHAPLIN CONFERENCE”: October 28, 29, and 30, 2010 Ohio University Zanesville, Zanesville, OH USA

h4. Keynote Speaker and Honoree

Charles J. Maland, author of Chaplin and American Culture: The Evolution of a Star Image, celebrating its 20th anniversary. (Professor and Head of the University of Tennessee English Department )

h4. Other Confirmed Featured Speakers

  • David Robinson, Film Critic, Historian and author of Chaplin: His Life and Art
  • Kate Guyonvarch, Director of Roy Export S.A.S. and the Association Chaplin office, Paris
  • Cecilia Cenciarelli, Archivist and Head of Progetto Chaplin, Cineteca di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
  • Frank Scheide, Co-Editor of The Chaplin Review, Professor of Communications at the University of Arkansas
  • David Shepard, Film Preservationist


In keeping with the theme of the conference, “Charlie in the Heartland,” which was chosen to commemorate Chaplin’s first trip to the United States with Fred Karno’s Comedians in October, 1910, we are seeking papers in a wide range of areas, all to do with Chaplin, his relationship with, influence on, or evocation of America, either during or after his long residence here. The following topics are meant to generate ideas for presentations, not limit creativity or exclude participation:

  • Maland’s Chaplin and American Culture 20 Years Later
  • Reconsidering “Chaplinitis”
  • From Karno to Keystone: Eliding the Music Hall Stage and the Silent Screen
  • American Vaudeville Audiences of the 1910s – A Herald of Silent Film Popularity?
  • Chaplin’s Company: Who were Charlie’s Character
  • Actors and What Were Their Influences?
  • Vulgar Film Comedy as High Art.
  • Chaplin and Public Appearance: A Reconsideration of the Liberty Bond Tour
  • The Chaplin Imitator Phenomenon
  • Film Audience Reception in the Heartland
  • The Heartland Rebels: Chaplin and the American Legion
  • Brother Sydney Chaplin : What Was the Magnitude of His Impact?
  • The Representation of America or Americans in the
  • Films of Charlie Chaplin
  • Chaplin’s Little Tramp and the Beat Generation in America
  • Chaplin and Music


Individual papers or full panels are welcome to submit proposals.

Please send a 500-word abstract, a short bio and your contact information to Lisa Stein, Assistant Professor of English, OU-Zanesville, 1425 Newark Road, Zanesville, OH 43701 or via email by February 1, 2010. Graduate and undergraduate students are welcome and encouraged to submit.

N. B. We have tried to make this an accessible conference for young scholars by offering several low-cost housing options, as well as a reduced registration rate. We will also have a student travel grant available for applicants. Check back in early 2010.

The Zanesville Art Museum will host a six-week-long exhibit on Chaplin entitled “Charlie Chaplin and America,” to begin October 1, 2010.

Check the “website”: for updates on this event.