25 Years of Jurassic Park (1993): An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Palaeontological Imagination

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Dr Ross Garner / Cardiff University
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25 Years of Jurassic Park (1993): An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Palaeontological Imagination


Friday 8th June 2018


School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Cardiff University


Keynote speaker: Stephen Brusatte (University of Edinburgh)


Released in the summer blockbuster season of 1993, Jurassic Park (Spielberg 1993) achieved an opening weekend box office of $50m in the US and is currently estimated to be the 24th highest grossing film of all time. An adaptation of Michael Crichton’s novel of the same name, the years since its release have seen the movie become both a cultural phenomenon that has achieved multiple cinematic re-releases and a transmedia franchise that includes (to date) four sequels as well as multiple computer games and a theme park ride. The franchise has, however, also had far-reaching cultural impact by impacting upon how we think about broader issues such as dinosaurs, the prehistoric era, and those that study this.


This one-day symposium, hosted by the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, seeks to bring together scholars from disciplines including (but not limited to) Media and Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Literary Studies and the Natural Sciences to critically interrogate Jurassic Park’s multiple legacies and its role in shaping the palaeontological imagination in popular culture.


We invite proposals for twenty minute presentations around any topic concerning Jurassic Park’s impact and enduring reputation. These might include:


  • Jurassic Park and the historical development of the Hollywood blockbuster
  • Jurassic Park and filmic form
  • Jurassic Park and special effects histories (e.g. CGI)
  • Music and/or sound design in the Jurassic Park franchise
  • Jurassic Park’s industrial contexts
  • Jurassic Park’s transmedia incarnations
  • Jurassic Park and marketing
  • Jurassic Park, stardom and celebrity
  • Representations of race and gender across the franchise
  • Popular and/or fan memories of the franchise
  • Jurassic Park, childhood and nostalgia
  • Fan transformative works and readings of the franchise
  • Adaptation studies
  • Jurassic Park’s impact on other popular media (e.g. children’s television, documentary etc.)
  • Jurassic Park’s impact on popular imaginings of dinosaurs and other palaeontological issues
  • Jurassic Park and the philosophy of science
  • Jurassic Park and scientific ethics
  • Interventions discussing the film from natural science perspectives
  • Any other issues related to the film’s impact and legacy

 Keynote Bio: Steve Brusatte is a palaeontologist who is also passionate about education and communicating science to the public. He was a consultant on the blockbuster motion picture Walking With Dinosaurs 3D (2013) and is a "resident palaeontologist" for the BBC's Walking With Dinosaurs program. He also presents science videos for BBC's Earth Unplugged YouTube channel and is a frequent guest on radio and television programs.

Proposals should be 300 words maximum and include an additional author biography (50 words). Please submit these to Dr Ross Garner (GarnerRP1@Cardiff.ac.uk) and Dr Lucy Andrew (L.Andrew@Chester.ac.uk) by Wednesday 31st January 2018.