CALL FOR PAPERS: 'So Bad It's Good' (Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference panel, Chicago, March 6-10, 2013)
'So bad it's good' is a familiar enough concept. It has often been invoked by fans, critics and academics in connection with certain kinds of movies and certain kinds of reception, being associated especially with cult film. Yet 'bad' can carry a multitude of meanings in a cult context. For this SCMS conference panel we seek work whose focus is specifically texts that are valued, by fans or critics, for their aesthetic ineptitude or failure – what in film studies is often called 'badfilm'.