This week I was approached by the organisers of Spectacular Now -- a conference to take place at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany in November -- to be one of the event's keynote speakers. Of course, I accepted their very generous and humbling invitation!
The scope of the conference is very broad, encompassing a multitude of different research areas within film, television and media studies. I haven't decided what the theme of my talk will be yet. I have until June to decide.
The CFP is available here.
Thanks once again to the organisers: Julia, Marie, Christian, Cyprian and Mark. I look forward to meeting you all in November!
You can now download the first chapter of my book Contemporary British Horror Cinema: Industry, Genre and Society for free from Edinburgh University Press's website.
Click here to access the pdf.
This year's SCMS conference in Atlanta was, arguably, the best one for me yet. In addition to getting to meet some terrific scholars, I sat in on some brilliant papers (the quality of research into film history is very high at the moment), and participated in a successful panel with my friends and colleagues Austin Fisher, Neil Jackson and Eric Schaefer. The film critic, Mark Kermode, was in the audience for our talks, and had some very kind things to say to us afterwards and on his podcast with Simon Mayo.
Austin and I also did a "meet and greet" session as editors of the Bloomsbury series Global Exploitation Cinemas. In truth, we felt a bit weird about doing this a first, so were delighted when a number of people approached us with very promising book ideas.
Within a few days of arriving back to the UK, I was informed that the Journal of British Cinema and Television had published a very positive review of my first book, Contemporary Britih Horror Cinema. Here is snippet from what the reviewer, Nia Edwards-Behi, had to say about it:
Thanks for the kind words, Nia!
At present, Austin and I are finalising the proofs for our new edited book, Grindhouse: Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond, which has received a very nice endorsement from Professor Mark Jancovich (University of East Anglia):
Thanks also to Professor Jancovich for his support!
Dr Johnny Walker
Senior Lecturer in Media, Northumbria University