CEBE Research Spotlight – 13 September

CEBE research spotlight returns!

Tuesday 13 September, 1pm-2pm, MP490

Presentation by Louis Durrant (Centre for Resilient Environments)

These sessions are informal meetings of postgraduate research students where a presenter will discuss their experiences as a research student, their current research, challenges they are currently facing, and give away some tips as to how to succeed as a research student. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions, discuss etc. – these are informal sessions which give you the chance to share experiences. For those who are less confident, these sessions are great opportunities to practice speaking in front of an audience.

Please contact Ian McDonald for further information.

CEBE research seminar – 28 September

CEBE Faculty new staff research seminar

Wednesday 28 September, 12.00-1.30pm, MP203, Millennium Point

With Dr Franco Cheung (Centre for Integrated Design & Construction)

Dr Franco Cheung’s seminar will explain the work he has done in the recently completed research project, Collaborative BIM-enabled learning platform for low impact schools, funded by InnovateUK. He will explain the background of pre-designed school market and how the application of BIM in pre-designed schools improves the model development process, the services and products including the development of an energy usage comparator tool to give feedback for actual energy use.

For more information and to book your place please contact Ian McDonald.

Call for papers: Cine-excess 10th annual conference at Birmingham City University

The 10th International Conference and Festival on Global Cult Film Traditions: Cine Excess X

Cult Genres, Traditions and Bodies: A Decade of Excess

The Big Screen (Birmingham City University)

10th-12th November 2016

Call for Papers

Over the last 10 years, the Cine-Excess International Film Conference and Festival has brought together leading scholars and critics with global cult filmmakers for an event comprising a themed academic conference with plenary talks, filmmaker interviews and UK theatrical premieres of up and coming film releases.

Previous guests of honour attending Cine-Excess have included Catherine Breillat (Romance, Sex is Comedy), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, The Blues Brothers), Roger Corman (The Masque of the Red Death, The Wild Angels), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, King of the Ants), Brian Yuzna (Society, The Dentist), Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria) Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins), Franco Nero (Django, Keoma, Die Hard II), Vanessa Redgrave (Blow Up, The Devils), Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust, House on the Edge of the Park) Enzo G. Castellari (Keoma, The Inglorious Bast***s), Sergio Martino (Torso, All the Colours of the Dark), Jeff Lieberman (Squirm, Blue Sunshine) and Pat Mills (Action Magazine, 2000 AD).

Cine-Excess X is hosted by the Birmingham School of Media at Birmingham City University, and will feature a three day academic conference alongside film industry panels and a season of related UK premieres and retrospectives taking place at screening venues across the region.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the conference Cult Genres, Traditions and Bodies: A Decade of Excess reconsiders some of the key debates around cult film genres, traditions and modes of representation that have influenced the development of the annual Cine-Excess event over the past decade. At the same time, the event looks forward to the future development of cult film studies by dissecting new perspectives that are now dominating this area of study.

In their early influential studies of ‘outlaw’ film formats such as the slasher cycle, melodrama narrative and ‘skin flick’, theorists such as Carol J. Clover and Linda Williams identified a cinematic and sensory response to excess, which linked unwieldy film genres to unruly representations of the human body and even more unconventional reactions from their subcultural audiences.  While such studies proved pivotal in identifying the potentially subversive features of key cult film cycles, more recent accounts have expanded this scope of analysis to consider a far wider range of global film formats, whilst also assessing the stylistic, performative and representational strategies that come to dominate such startling visions. The explosion of interest in graphic comics, transmedia and online platforms has further extended the theoretical interest in cult genres, traditions and bodies, by widening the scope of enquiry beyond the cinematic medium to other areas of activity which warrant further investigation.

In order to explore these themes further, Cine-Excess X will consider a wide variety of cult media creations including key case-studies of cult activity from film, television, literature, comics and digital media.  A number of international filmmakers associated with key cult genres will be in attendance at Cine-Excess X to discuss their work and interact with academic speakers.

Proposals are now invited for papers on a wide range of cult film genres, traditions and strategies of representation. However, we would particularly welcome contributions focusing on:

  • Cult visionaries: contemporary creativity at cinema’s extreme edge
  • Grossed-out and top grossing: cult comedies of excess
  • New case-studies of classic cult and ‘exploitation’ auteurs
  • High art and low taste: case-studies in extreme experimentation
  • From national borders to new territories: global traditions of the cult image
  • From AIP to The Asylum: case-studies of cult production studios
  • I know what you starred in last summer: the cult of bad acting
  • Realm of the senses: cult renditions of sensory affect
  • Revered and ruined: case-studies of the cult biography
  • Small screen scares: Netflix, Amazon and new platforms for terror 
  • From the burlesque to the brutal: cult interpretations of exotic performance
  • Consuming excess: new perspectives on cult audiences
  • The good, the bad and the forbidden: cult representations of taboo
  • Transmedia excess: cult narratives and contemporary platforms
  • Scored: soundtracks and compositions to the cult film canon 
  • Subcultures on two wheels: from Hells Angels flicks to the Sons of Anarchy series
  • From slasher and sexploitation to cult noir: transgressive femininities on screen
  • Crash and burn cults: Hollywood flops reborn
  • The men and women from Hong Kong: new studies of kung fu performativity
  • Superheroes, sidekicks and subversives: the graphic face of the cult comic book
  • Corporeal excess: new readings of the cult body

Please send a 300-word abstract and a short (one page) C.V. by Friday 9th September 2016 to:

Xavier Mendik, Birmingham City University xavier.mendik@bcu.ac.uk

Fran Pheasant-Kelly, University of Wolverhampton, F.E.Pheasant-kelly@wlv.ac.uk

Glenn Ward, University of Brighton, G.P.Ward@brighton.ac.uk

A final listing of accepted presentations will be released on Friday 16th September 2016.

 

A selection of conference papers from the event are scheduled to be published in the Cine-Excess peer reviewed e-Journal.  For further information and regular updates on the event (including information on guests, keynotes and screenings) please visit www.cine-excess.co.uk.

CEBE Research Seminars – presentations by visitors from Kazan Federal University

From Tuesday 23 August our CEBE faculty are hosting four research seminars in four days featuring speakers from Kazan Federal University. The topics are as follows:

Tuesday 23 August, Dr Max Talanov: Affective Computation Part 1

Wednesday 24 August, Dr Alexander Toschev: Marvin Minsky approach in Artificial Intelligence and its application in the IT Software Maintenance Domain.

Thursday 25 August, Dr Max Talanov: Affective Computation Part 2

Friday 26 August, Dr Alexander Toschev: Advances in Key Enterprise Systems Design.

For more information contact Ian McDonald.

Two Exchange Collaborative Projects awarded to researchers

The round two recipients of The Culture Capital Exchange’s Collaborative Research Awards have been announced, and there are two winners from Birmingham City University.

Jacqueline Taylor and Jacob Salder have each won funding of £5000 to pursue a research project in collaboration with industry partners.

If you are interesting in applying for Round 3 visit the Exchange Website.

Project details

Project name: Rearrangements

Director: Caroline Horton

Academic partner: Dr Jacqueline Taylor, Birmingham City University

Caroline Horton is a theatre maker, writer and performer, an associate at Birmingham Rep and BBC Birmingham Writer in Residence.

Caroline’s research partner is Dr Jacqueline Taylor, Birmingham City University, whose research critically examines relations between visual art, poetics and philosophy with a particular focus on the textual concept and practice of l’écriture féminine.

Their collaborative research project ‘is a critical, practical and creative interrogation of narrative, form and structure and how this affects meaning-making when encountering/interpreting artistic practice. ‘Rearrangements’ opens up a site of exchange between Caroline’s expertise as a theatre-maker who experiments with form in her work and Jacqueline’s academic specialism of l’écriture féminine, which proposes alternative linguistic structures, narratives and forms to create ‘other’ languages.

Project name: The creative business – enhancing business practices in arts-based creative industries

Director: Antonia Beck

Academic Partner: Jacob Salder, Birmingham City University

Antonia Beck is an independent artist and creative producer specialising in performance-based work that spans theatre, live literature, outdoor arts, live art and other interdisciplinary performance practices.

Antonia’s research partner, Jacob Salder, Birmingham City University, is an economic geographer and economic development specialist through qualification and experience. He has spent a number of years researching different sectors, including the Creative Industries, in various Economic Development roles for local and regional government.

Their collaborative research project ‘The Creative Business – Enhancing business practice in the arts-based creative industries’ will look at business practice in this sector, focusing on arts / performance-based creative industries (ABCIs) and examine this against orthodox understandings. They will consider how applicable these understandings are to ABCIs and how they can be refined to support business development in this sector. The project will produce key outputs in the shape of intensive guidance for a set of ABCIs alongside creating an analysis and support framework specific to this sub-sector, enabling creatives to develop their businesses.