This month sees the publication of mine and Austin Fisher's special issue of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies -- now in its fifth year -- on 'Italian horror'.
To access the journal, click here. For a full table of contents, see below.
Call for Presentations:
Researching Horror, Cult and Exploitation Cinema
A Workshop for PhD Students and Early Career Researchers
Friday 5 May 2017, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
PhD students and Early Career Researchers working in the field(s) of “horror, cult and exploitation cinema” are invited to submit abstracts about their research to deliver at a workshop at Northumbria University on Friday 5 May 2017. The workshop will take the format of a mini-symposium and consist of three sessions, each made up of three speakers. Speakers will each deliver a 5-10 minute talk about their research to their peers and to a panel of academic experts from Northumbria’s Film and Television Research Group, providing a short introduction to their current project and identifying several questions for discussion. After each presentation, there will be an opportunity for the academic panel and other workshop participants to feedback to each speaker, and to ask follow-up questions.
The workshop is intended to be a small scale networking opportunity for scholars with shared research interests, and to provide a relatively informal, and supportive, opportunity for those newer to academia to engage in dialogue with more established researchers.
The event will close with a short presentation from Gillian Leslie, the Commissioning Editor for Film Studies at Edinburgh University Press, who will give advice about academic publishing (including converting PhD theses into monographs).
The academic panel will comprise:
Lunch and light refreshments will be provided throughout the day.
Please submit a 250 word summary of your project, and a 50-100 word bio to the organiser, Dr Johnny Walker (email@example.com), by Friday 31 March 2017. Applicants will be notified of the outcome the following week.
This is a collaborative event between the Department of Social Sciences and the Department of Arts.
The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History, edited by Laraine Porter, I. Q. Hunter and Justin Smith, is out later this week. It contains a chapter by me on the video industry in the 1980s, in addition to 38 other chapters on a variety of topics from top-drawer scholars.
I'm really happy to part of a volume described by Professors Sarah Street (Bristol) and Briane McFarlane (Swinburne) as "monumental".
It's mega expensive, so please save yourself £165 and get your library to try and order a copy or two!
I am delighted to be keynoting at "Exploitation Cinema in the 21st Century" at Canterbury Christ Church University in June next year. I will likely be delivering a talk about exploitation film in the early 2000s, with a focus on DTV films.
The organiser, Dr James Newton, is currently accepting proposals for papers, so do send something in!
Here's the CFP:
Symposium: Exploitation Cinema in the 21st Century
Event Date: June 9th 2017
Deadline for proposals: 3rd March 2017
Keynote Speaker: Dr Johnny Walker, Northumbria University
In relation to cinema, the term "exploitation" has been adopted by various individuals and institutions over time, from opportunistic film producers and marketers of the 1920s to contemporary online distributors releasing new films in the 21st century. There is a current wave of exciting and productive scholarship on the historical developments of exploitation cinema, and its famous, and not so famous, films and filmmakers. But much of this research focuses on exploitation before the year 2000, with a particular focus up to and including the VHS era of the 1980s. Less research exists on the inflections of exploitation in the 21st century, and the trends and developments that have taken place since the turn of the century. This one-day symposium seeks to shed new light on the embodiments of exploitation cinema since 2000, with particular emphasis on current waves and cycles, the way in which they are now consumed (such as online rather than in theatres), and which particular exploitation filmmakers stand out as being important in contemporary times.
Topics might include (but are not limited to);
We invite proposals of up to 300 words for 20 minute papers, plus a short bio (up to 150 words) by March 3rd 2017.
We also welcome video essays to be submitted with a 300 word proposal/150 word bio, sent to us by March 3rd 2017. Final video submissions should be sent by June 2nd 2017 via Vimeo link. Video submissions should aim to be 10 minutes maximum running time.
All proposal (and any queries) should be sent to Dr James Newton at firstname.lastname@example.org
My first book, Contemporary British Horror Cinema, is going cheap over at Edinburgh University Press. You can pick up one of the last few hardback editions for £7.50 each. This is anticipation of the paperback edition coming out at the beginning of next year (which will retail at around £20).
But is it worth £7.50? Barry Forshaw over at crimetime.co.uk seems to like it! Read his recent review below. Thanks Barry!
Dr Johnny Walker
Senior Lecturer in Media, Northumbria University