CFP: [Film] New Nightmares: Issues and themes in Contemporary Horror Cinema and Horror Film Criticism

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Emily Brick
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Issues and themes in Contemporary Horror Cinema and Horror Film Criticism

An international conference at Manchester Metropolitan University 3-4
April 2008

Confirmed Keynote speakers:
Jay McRoy (University of Wisconsin)
Julian Petley (Brunel University)

Horror has been an area that has been at the forefront of a number of
shifts within film studies, in particular the study of consumption,
audiences and the industrial production of cinema. In light of this, this
international conference, jointly organised by Manchester Metropolitan
University and The University of Salford will promote dialogue and
discussion around two areas:

• contemporary issues relating to the study of horror cinema
• developments in the genre over the last 10 years.

Proposals are welcomed on, but not limited to, the following topics:
• The direction of critical approaches to contemporary horror
• Revisions of established canons
• Recent cycles and franchises
• New research on overlooked films, directors and national cinemas
• Current trends in national cinemas
• New aesthetics
• Shifts in representations of gender, sexuality, race and class
• The effects of 9/11 on the American horror film
• Fears of the millennium / apocalypse
• Remakes – within and across national cinemas
• New directions within subgenres
• New approaches to the marketing of horror
• Has video/DVD/new technology changed the nature of the horror
• How have changing censorship laws impacted on recent horror

We particularly welcome new research from postgraduates and a number of
bursaries are available.

All proposals should be submitted to the organising committee by Friday
18th January 2008

The conference organising committee is: Emily Brick and David Huxley for
Manchester Metropolitan University, Ben Halligan and Andy Willis for The
University of Salford.

Please send 200 word abstracts and enquiries to

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