One-day postgraduate conference
Hosted by the Film Studies Dept. at the University of Southampton, UK
Date of Conference: 8th July 2012
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Yvonne Tasker, University of East Anglia
The aim of this conference is to investigate genre theory in European and World cinema contexts. Film genres, regardless of their points of origin (geographically, culturally, or theoretically), are always subject to a multitude of influences; this hybridity not only results in the shaping and reshaping of existing genres but also in the emergence of new ones. This conference wants to investigate what happens when genre theory, which has been developed mainly in response to dominant Hollywood paradigms, is applied to non-Hollywood cinema industries of the world.
Alongside concepts of authorship, gender and national identity, genre has been one of the main categories within film studies to make sense of cinematic texts and their reception among audiences. This conference offers an opportunity to postgraduates and early career researchers to extend the borders of genre theory beyond Hollywood. Our event takes into consideration theoretical and methodological challenges, as well as geographical, cultural, political and economic implications.
Topics for papers on European and World cinemas might include, but are not limited to:
● Mapping and tracing genres across different European and World cultures in terms of their historical development.
● Genre hybridity and the emergence of sub-genres outside Hollywood.
● Cultural (national) specificity and its role in the creation of film genres.
● Cross-cultural reception of genres.
● Contemporary genre theory and non-western cinema.
Deadline: 15th February 2012
All abstracts to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstracts for 20 min. papers should be limited to 300 words. Please also include details of your institution and a short biography. Any queries may be directed to the email address above.
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