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
Dr Johnny Walker
Senior Lecturer in Media, Northumbria University