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.