Monthly Archives: January 2014

Screening Style: Symposium on costume design in cinema




Please clear a space in your diary for the forthcoming symposium on the study of costume design in film and performance, Screening Style, which is a  follow-up to last year’s symposium on production design. The symposium will run from 10am-5.30pm, and will take place in the LICA building, room A27. the keynote speakers will be Sir Christopher Frayling, choreographer Lea Anderson and costume designer and academic, Donatella Barbieri. Further details will be posted on the Screening Style Facebook site here:

This is a free event, but please email the organisers, Bruce Bennett or Catherine Spooner to register (;

Visualizing Fantastika: an interdisciplinary conference,

Visualizing Fantastika: an interdisciplinary conference,

July 4, 2014


Lancaster University’s department of English and Creative Writing and Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts invites proposals for an interdisciplinary conference: Visualizing Fantastika.

Fantastika, coined by John Clute, is an umbrella term which incorporates the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but can also include alternative histories, steampunk, young adult fiction, or any other imaginative space. The conference wishes to consider the visual possibilities of the fantastic in a wide range of arts and media, which may include, but is not limited to: graphic novels, film, illustrations, games, and other visual media.


Some suggested topics are:

– Visual conventions in cinema and illustration that are particular to a specific genre

– Visuals codes in cinema and illustration that aid in interpreting story (such as mood,

character, plot)

– Adaptations and crossovers between different media

– The effect of the development of technology on visual style

– The visual style of fantastika as a product of its culture and time

– Imagery evoked by non-visual codes (such as music and language)


We welcome discussions of fantastika as it occurs in any medium and form. This one-day interdisciplinary conference will take place at Lancaster University on July 4th, 2014.

Please submit a 300 word abstract to along with a 50 word bionote by March 15th, 2014.


And join the facebook event at

Home Movies – Call for proposals


An evening of creative explorations of the moving image…


DEADLINE: 11:59 P.M. 17/02/2014


Home Movies is an evening of creative explorations of the moving image produced by LEAP in partnership with Ludus Dance as part of Lancaster Arts City’s First Friday initiative.

The project will seek to showcase short films from artists, filmmakers, dancers, choreographers, performers and visual artists.

We are currently welcoming submissions from people with a particular interest in contemporary video work which could be presented as part of a live event, or in smaller installation spaces (durational video pieces).

To propose a piece, please fill in the following form and send it back to by 11:59 P.M. on 17th February. We will endeavour to get in touch with all applicants in the following week.

For an informal discussion about your project, please contact Leo Burtin via email or phone on 07584 177591 or Anthony Briggs on or phone on 01524 35936.

Please note:

–       We will only consider proposals for films of up to 15 minutes

–       We cannot accommodate technically complex pieces (please get in touch for more details).

–       We welcome submissions that are not written (performance scores, video submissions, photography etc.); get in touch with Leo if you’d like to send your proposal in an alternative format.

–       The event will be run on a pay what you can basis for the audience and the profits will be shared between all participating artists.

More details here:

AHRC MA and PhD Funding opportunities in Film, Media and Cultural Studies – Lancaster University

AHRC MA and PhD Funding opportunities in Film, Media and Cultural Studies – Lancaster University

The Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) and the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University are pleased to invite applications for MA and PhD funding via the North West Consortium (NWC) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

We welcome applications from outstanding students in Film, Media Studies and Cultural Studies for 2014-15 entry. Lancaster boasts a range of expert researchers in these fields, an active range of seminars and visiting speakers, as well as excellent facilities for practical video and visual arts research.

The deadline for submitting AHRC funding applications is 5pm on Friday 21 February 2014.

Further information on LICA can be found at:

Further information on the Department of Sociology can be found at:

For more information on the North West Consortium go to:

Informal enquiries are welcome; please email Richard Rushton:

Feminist Movie Mondays!

Feminist Movie Mondays!

Commence Monday 3rd February, 2014: The Gregson Community Centre cinema:

Feminist Movie Mondays return this term, starting with ‘Women Art Revolution
introduced by Dr. Imogen Tyler.

Women Art Revolution is a film by Lynn Hershman Leeson that reveals how the
Feminist Art Movement transformed the art and culture of our times.

The organisers (affiliated with Centre for Gender & Women’s Studies) will
be having dinner at The Gregson from 6pm and everyone is welcome to join us.

You can find direction to the Gregson here:

Our FB event page is here:

Historical coincidence.


Clint Eastwood (playing the drifter, Joe) is an appropriate place to begin. By a curious coincidence, Sergio Leone’s first ‘Spaghetti Western’, Fistful of Dollars (Per un pugno di dollari), was released in Italy on 12th September 1964, two days before Queen Elizabeth signed the official charter to establish Lancaster University.