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B for BAD cinema: aesthetics, politics and cultural value

Inaugural Centre for Film and Television Studies Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, April
15–17, 2009

Over the past decade, paracinema – a movement that has grown up around sleazy, excessive, or
poorly executed B-movies – has seen a counter-cultural valorisation of all forms of cinematic
trash or ‘badfilm.’ In many internet and print sources devoted to the celebration of paracinema,
the term B-movie has (in contrast to its earlier studio-era sense) come to mean almost anything:
disreputable and unworthy movies, low-budget exploitation movies, straight to TV or video
movies, and even big-budget studio movies. B for BAD cinema seeks to negotiate some of the
(aesthetic and moral) values and judgments inscribed in a B-movie culture in which films are
deemed to be good-because-bad or bad-because-good. B for BAD cinema invites international
film scholars, critics and filmmakers to present their thoughts on badfilm, with a particular focus
on the following themes:
1. Cultural value and theory
2. Bad feeling and affect
3. Aesthetic value and bad art
4. Cultural morals and politics
5. Bad film theory and criticism

Plenary speakers include:
Elisabeth Bronfen
J. Hoberman
Angela Ndalianis
Adrian Martin
Ernest Mathijs
Murray Pomerance
Jeffrey Sconce

The Conference Conveners will accept proposals for individual papers or three-speaker panel
sessions until November 14 2008.
Abstracts of no more than 250-words and a 100-word biography should be sent to Con Verevis:

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