A Clockwork Symposium: A Clockwork Orange, New Perspectives

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Kingston university; UAL: London
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A Clockwork Symposium: A Clockwork Orange - new perspectivesThursday 1 November - Friday 2 November 2018

Venue: London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, Elephant and Castle, London 
Price: £40/£20 concession. Free for KU and UAL students

This year opens a decade of Kubrick celebrations and 50th anniversaries (as well as the 20th anniversary, next year, of both Eyes Wide Shut and Kubrick's death). This conference aims to contribute to this commemorative era in Kubrick studies by celebrating and discussing A Clockwork Orange (1971). We are looking for papers which engage and provoke discussion not only around Kubrick's film but also Anthony Burgess' novel (s), dramatic interpretations and the cultural legacy of the text itself in all its forms (Warhol's 1965 film Vinyl for instance; or its influence over David Bowie).

The conference aims to ask what we can learn from A Clockwork Orange and what its contemporary relevance is in 2018 for society, culture, politics and aspiring filmmakers. To what extent does it still have the power to shock and provoke in a culture that is becoming increasingly unshockable? We aim to address its aesthetics, origins, variations and histories. We are especially looking for papers which offer a set of insightful, new critical perspectives on the text and which showcase new and original research carried out across both the Burgess and Kubrick archives and which offer original contributions to the ongoing critical study of both Kubrick and Burgess.

We are happy to announce that among our keynote speakers will be Professor Andrew Biswell (director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation) and Peter Kramer (senior fellow of the School of Art, Media and American Studies, UEA; film historian, Kubrick scholar and author of, among other things, A Clockwork Orange (Controversies), Palgrave MacMillan, 2011). Other speakers are to be confirmed. 

We are also excited and honoured  to welcome on the second day our third speaker, Jan Harlan. Jan was Stanley Kubrick's long term producer and collaborator as well as brother-in-law and guardian of the Kubrick estate and legacy. Jan worked as assistant to the producer on A Clockwork Orange and acted as executive producer on all the films thereafter, from Barry Lyndon (1975) to Eyes Wide Shut (1999). Jan has also acted as executive producer for Stephen Spielberg (A.I. Artificial Intelligence, 2001) and is director of the documentary film Stanley Kubrick: A Life In Pictures (2001). He has also been a regular guest lecturer at the European Film College, Denmark and The University of Hertfordshire.

We are looking for papers which may include discussion of (but are certainly not limited to) the following:

  • The legacy of ACO in contemporary culture
  • ACO, design and fashion
  • ACO in music and the music video
  • ACO and (self) censorship
  • ACO and gang culture
  • ACO, punk and other subcultures
  • ACO, humour and parable
  • ACO and representations of sexual violence
  • ACO and theatre
  • Imprisonment, punishment and reform
  • The dystopian aesthetics of ACO
  • Set design and location research
  • Fandom and ACO; the clockwork orange ‘clubs'; fan letters and writing
  • The Kubrick / Burgess relationship
  • Authorship
  • ACO presence elsewhere in the work of both Anthony Burgess and Stanley Kubrick
  • Influences on both film and novel
  • Comparative representations of youth in film and literature
  • Nadsat / language
  • ACO as cult text
  • (Post)modernism, brutalism and architecture

Please email abstracts to Dr Matt Melia (Kingston University, UK) at M.Melia@kingston.ac.uk by August 1 2018 (max 300 words).

The conference is a joint collaboration across the University of Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre, Kingston University (Kingston School of Art), the Anthony Burgess archive and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation.

With special thanks to Sarah Mahurter (manager, Archives and Special Collections Centre, University of the Arts London); Georgina Orgill (Stanley Kubrick Archivist, Archives and Special Collections Centre, University of the Arts London) Julian Rodriguez (Head of Film and Photography, Kingston University), Professor Andrew Biswell (International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester) and to the Kubrick family, Warner Bros and the SK Film Archives LLC.

Booking is essential to attend this event.




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