[UPDATE] Partners in Suspense: Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock: March 2011

full name / name of organization: 
Steven Rawle / York St John University
contact email: 
s.rawle@yorksj.ac.uk

Due to a number of enquiries, we have extended the deadline for the call for papers for the Partners in Suspense conference being held in March until the 1st of February. In particular, we are seeking proposals for papers and workshops on the following topics relating to film music and composing for film:

Recording film music as a technical and practical process
Reading strategies for film music
Collaboration between filmmakers and composers
Narrative uses of music
Relationships between music and narrative
Interactions between music and screen performance
And any other theoretical or analytical approaches to film music and sound

Potential contributors are invited to submit a 300 word abstract to partnersinsuspense@gmail.com by 1 February 2011. Workshop proposals require a 500 word summary, an outline of the session’s goals, and bios for participants. Acceptance notices will be returned by 10 February 2011. Selected papers will be published in an edited collection.

Please address any general queries to Vanessa Simmons (v.simmons@yorksj.ac.uk), or visit our website, www.yorksj.ac.uk/partnersinsuspense.

CFP Partners in Suspense: Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock: 24th, 25th, 26th March 2011

"Hitchcock and Herrmann shared a dark, tragic sense of life, a brooding view of human relationships, and a compulsion to explore aesthetically the private world of the romantic fantasy.” Donald Spoto, The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock

One of the most famous, tempestuous and productive creative relationships in Hollywood, Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock collaborated on some of cinema’s most memorable films, sequences and musical motifs. To coincide with Herrmann’s centenary in 2011, this three-day conference seeks to explore the relationship between Herrmann and Hitchcock and aims to bring together practitioners and academics working on a range of theoretical, analytical and historical perspectives.

Analyses of film have long favoured the visual frame over the aural or musical text, rather than considering the film text as a whole. The conference will seek to address this problematic area of film theory and analysis as well as research on the working partnership between Hitchcock and Herrmann, engaging with new work on the relationship between sound and vision, theories of film music and broader implications of the legacies of both Hitchcock and Herrmann. Papers are also invited that examine Herrmann’s broader catalogue of film music beyond the works with Hitchcock, from Citizen Kane to Taxi Driver, as well as those that consider theoretical perspectives on film music, authorship and the nature of collaboration between composers and filmmakers.

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Charles Barr (University College Dublin)
Professor Richard Allen (New York University)
Professor Emeritus Neil Sinyard (University of Hull)
Professor Jack Sullivan (Rider University)
Professor David Cooper (University of Leeds)
Dr Kevin Donnelly (University of Southampton)
Special Events:

Filmmaker Mark Herman (Brassed Off, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) will participate in a Q&A exploring his work with renowned film composers, including Trevor Jones and James Horner.

The Tippett Quartet, as part of their HerrmannFest 2011, will perform selections of Herrmann’s film music.

Possible themes include (but not limited to):

The working relationship between Herrmann and Hitchcock
Legacies of the Hitchcock-Herrmann collaboration
Herrmann’s work with other filmmakers
Performing Herrmann’s concert music
Theoretical approaches to film music composition
Recording film music as a technical and practical process
Reading strategies for film music
The relationship between sound and vision
Considerations of authorship
Collaboration between filmmakers and composers
Narrative uses of music
Relationships between music and narrative
Interactions between music and screen performance
Any other relevant theoretical or practical perspective
The organisers invite proposals for open call papers, pre-constituted panels, as well as workshops that apply practical responses to the issues addressed by the conference. Potential contributors are invited to submit a 300 word abstract and short bio to partnersinsuspense@gmail.com by 1 February 2011. Panel proposals should include a 300 word summary of the panel in addition to abstracts and bios. Workshop proposals require a 500 word summary, an outline of the session’s goals, and bios for all participants. Acceptance notices will be returned by 10 Febraury 2011. Selected papers will be published in an edited collection.

Please address any general queries to Vanessa Simmons (v.simmons@yorksj.ac.uk), or visit our website, www.yorksj.ac.uk/partnersinsuspense

cfp categories: 
american
film_and_television
international_conferences
popular_culture
twentieth_century_and_beyond