Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Call for Presentations: Researching Horror, Cult and Exploitation Cinema

Call for Presentations:

Researching Horror, Cult and Exploitation Cinema

A Workshop for PhD Students and Early Career Researchers

Friday 5 May 2017, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne

PhD students and Early Career Researchers working in the field(s) of “horror, cult and exploitation cinema” are invited to submit abstracts about their research to deliver at a workshop at Northumbria University on Friday 5 May 2017. The workshop will take the format of a mini-symposium and consist of three sessions, each made up of three speakers. Speakers will each deliver a 5-10 minute talk about their research to their peers and to a panel of academic experts from Northumbria’s Film and Television Research Group, providing a short introduction to their current project and identifying several questions for discussion. After each presentation, there will be an opportunity for the academic panel and other workshop participants to feedback to each speaker, and to ask follow-up questions.

The workshop is intended to be a small scale networking opportunity for scholars with shared research interests, and to provide a relatively informal, and supportive, opportunity for those newer to academia to engage in dialogue with more established researchers.

The event will close with a short presentation from Gillian Leslie <> , the Commissioning Editor for Film Studies at Edinburgh University Press, who will give advice about academic publishing (including converting PhD theses into monographs).

The academic panel will comprise:

·         Professor Peter Hutchings (Professor of Film Studies, author of The Horror Film and The Historical Dictionary of Horror Cinema)

·         Dr Russ Hunter (Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, co-editor of Italian Horror Cinema, author of A History of European Horror Cinema)

·         Dr Steve Jones (Senior Lecturer in Media, author of Torture Porn: Popular Horror After Saw, co-editor of Zombies and Sexuality)

·         Dr James Leggott (Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, author of Contemporary British Cinema: From Heritage to Horror)

·         Dr Sarah Ralph (Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, co-author of Alien Audiences: Remembering and Evaluating a Classic Movie)

·         Dr Jamie Sexton (Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, co-author of Cult Film: An Introduction, founding series co-editor of Cultographies)

·         Dr Johnny Walker (author of Contemporary British Horror Cinema: Industry, Genre and Society and co-editor of the Global Exploitation Cinemas book series)

Applicants are reminded that there are only nine spaces available.

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Please submit a 250 word summary of your project, and a 50-100 word bio to the organiser, Dr Johnny Walker ( <> ), by Friday 31 March 2017. Applicants will be notified of the outcome the following week. 

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