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Public lecture: Prof. Rosalind Gill, ‘Love your Body and Hate it’


Public Lecture: Professor Rosalind Gill ‘Love Your Body and Hate It’

Followed by a roundtable discussion on “Body Image & Gender in Neoliberal Times” with members of the Centre for Gender & Women’s studies and Lancaster Feminist Society
Thursday October 30th 2014, 4-6pm
Bowland North, Seminar Room 10

Border masculinities symposium, Lancaster University, 19-20/9/14


In a joint project between the Departments of European Languages and Cultures and English and Creative Writing, a two-day symposium will be held on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th September 2014.

Border Masculinities will bring together scholars from a wide range of specialisms to discuss spatial and conceptual borders with regard to the representation of masculinities. Papers will be delivered that consider masculinities in Britain, as well as in North and Latin America, and how the condition of the border can open up analyses and discussions of forms of masculinity in literature, film and other cultural representations. Current debates about masculinities will be challenged with innovative analyses that re-consider the ways men and masculinities have been conceptualised across a number of different disciplines.

This is a free event but we would appreciate it if you could fill in the following registration form for catering purposes: Border Masculinities registration form

For further information, please contact: Dr Amit Thakkar and Dr Brian Baker: or


Symposium venue (for Registration, Keynote and all other talks):

Bowland Room North Seminar Room 20

Friday 19th September

17.30 Welcome, Registration and Coffee

18.00 Keynote Lecture

Chris Harris (University of Liverpool)

Crossing Patriarchal Borders: Men and Women’s Rights in Mexico

19.30 Dinner

Saturday 20th September

9.00 Saturday Attendees Registration

9.15 Panel 1: British and North American Spaces

Discussant: Alice Ferrebe (Liverpool JMU)

Charlotte Mathieson (University of Warwick)

Brian Baker (Lancaster University)

Andy Tate (Lancaster University)

10.45 Coffee

11.00 Panel 2: Masculinities in Political Spaces

Discussant: Amit Thakkar (Lancaster University)

Charlotte Baker (Lancaster University)

Victoria Carpenter (University of Derby)

Jo Crow (University of Bristol)


13.30 Panel 3: Latin American Spaces

Discussant: Brian Baker (Lancaster University)

Mark Millington (University of Nottingham)

Amit Thakkar (Lancaster University)

Cornelia Grabner (Lancaster University)

15.00 Coffee

15.15 Round Table led by Chris Harris (University of Liverpool)

16.00 Close


Further information can be found at the symposium’s blog here:

Movement and the lens: Hollywood action DIY summer school, 4-8 August


Lancaster University’s Live at LICA is hosting a summer school run by multi-media artist, Hetain Patel in August, and is looking for participants from performance and film backgrounds.

information about the course and application details can be found here:

‘Psychoanalysis and Cinema’ symposium, LICA, June 2014

Lancaster University, June 11-12, 2014

Charles Carter Building, Room A18

Day One 2.00-10.00pm, Day Two 9.30am-1.00pm


Provisional schedule:

Day 1 (11 June)

1st session: 2.00-3.30pm

Richard Rushton (Lancaster): Deleuze, Psychoanalysis and Cinema

Elizabeth Cowie (Kent): Psychoanalysis, Film Theory and Film-Philosophy

2nd session: 4.00-5.30pm

Catherine Grant (Sussex): Object Relations and Videographic Film Studies

Vicky Lebeau (Sussex): Why Psychoanalysis? Psychoanalysis, Visual Culture and the Current State of Play.


Symposium dinner on the evening of the 11th June, Lancaster House Hotel


Day 2 (12 June)

3rd session: 9.30-11.00am

Annette Kuhn (Queen Mary): Winnicott and Little Madnesses

Caroline Bainbridge (Roehampton): Media and the Inner World, Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture

4th session: 11.30am-1.00pm

Agnieszka Piotrowska (Bedfordshire): Embodiment, Psychoanalysis and Documentary

Rona Murray (Lancaster): Feminism, Film and Psychoanalysis Today


Lunch will be provided from 1pm onwards

Please contact Richard Rushton ( for information, or LICA PG secretary, Jennifer Bull ( for information and free registration

Updated programme for the Screening Style symposium, Saturday March 15th, LICA, Lancaster University

Final version of the programme! Excited to add a paper by Sarah Gilligan on Sherlock and fandom – as well as some other small changes. 

Screening Style: Costume, Cinema and Performance

9.30-10: Registration and coffee

10-11: Sir Christopher Frayling, Hollywood Costume

11-12.30: Panel 1 – screening sexuality

Bruce Bennett, The heightened look of film history: Excess and costume in Michael Winterbottom’s The Look of Love
Sarah Gilligan, Refashioning Sherlock: Fandom, Digital Spaces and Performativity
Catherine Spooner, ‘Wrapped in plastic’: David Lynch’s Material Girls

12.30-1.30: Lunch

1.30-2.15: Donatella Barbieri, Absences and re-encounters: archived costumes and the performances they hold

2.15-3.15: Panel 2 – style in practice

Jane Barnwell, Make Up and the Movies
Nigel Stewart, Turning Bodies and Textures of Light: Russell Maliphant’s Afterlight

3.14-4.15: Coffee

3.45-4.45: Panel 3 – costume and commerce

Kamilla Elliott, Who will you wear to the party? Costume and/as character in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland
Liz Oakley-Brown, Outlaw Style: Surface, Screen, Sensation (1580-1980)

4.45-5.30: Lea Anderson, Quick Change, The Choreography of Costume in the work of Lea Anderson and The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs.

Full details of the day here:

Scars and Wounds: Trauma on Film in National and International Contexts CFP for edited volume

Scars and Wounds: Trauma on Film in National and International Contexts

We are inviting proposals for chapters of an edited volume based on a variety of responses to the connections between trauma, nation and film. We are looking for studies associated with physical, psychological, structural, infrastructural, cultural and economic trauma, and the ways in which these are represented in film, including documentary and television.

Cinematic representations of trauma are often analysed in the context of specific nations or theoretical frameworks, such as genocide, memory and psychoanalysis. For example, E. Ann Kaplan’s Trauma Culture (2005) begins from a  psychoanalytical premise, while  Roger Luckhurst’s The Trauma Question (2008) deals with trauma on film in the context of cultural politics whilst paying attention to psychiatric and legal developments. Ewa Mazierska’s European Cinema and Intertextuality (2011) focuses specifically on history, memory and politics within European contexts. Trauma is often located, via the aforementioned frameworks, in specific locations and times (for example the Holocaust, the two World Wars from a European-American perspective and, more recently, 9-11). Such approaches have opened up innovative and insightful pathways into the critical treatment of trauma on film. This project welcomes both original turns in such analysis and the extension of the debates on filmic representations of trauma to national contexts and historical events that have received much less critical attention.

Our focus is global and encompasses the 20th and 21st centuries. It includes cinematic responses to such events as the ‘Arab Spring’, genocide in Rwanda, war in the Far East, the recent economic crash in Europe and dictatorships in Latin America and Europe. These areas are illustrative but by no means prescriptive.
We are interested in papers which consider but are not limited to:

   *   The representation of both the individual and group experience of trauma – and the relationship between these –  on a local, national and/or transnational level.
   *   Politicisation of trauma: the depathologising, institutionalising and instrumentalisation of trauma.
   *   The ways in which trauma is exploited for commercial gain in cinema.
   *   Films that are non-canonical and that therefore offer alternative takes on the representation of trauma.
   *   Trauma and congnition, including the representation and repurcussions of, inter alia, amnesia, hypermnesia, memory, inherited trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and disassociation.
   *   Transnational approaches to the themes.
   *   Aesthetics of trauma.
   *   Ethical debates concerning trauma and film.
   *   The representation of the effects on the agents – or perpetrators – as well as the victims of trauma in film.
   *   The relationship between truth and reconciliation processes and trauma.
   *   Any new theoretical and critical frameworks which illuminate the representation of trauma.

Please send 200-300 word abstract and a brief biography to Nick Hodgin ( and Amit Thakkar ( by Friday April 25th 2014.

Seminar series, film screening and Q&A with Mieke Bal


The Departments of English and Creative Writing and Linguistics and English Language are pleased to present the latest speaker, Professor Mieke Bal (University of Amsterdam), in their interdisciplinary research seminar series. Professor Bal is a cultural theorist, critic and video and she will be speaking at a number of events:

Weds 26th March, Auditorium, The Storey (, 6-7.30pm, showing of Madame B(, followed by a lecture and Q&A, 8-9pm. All Welcome!

Thursday 27th March, supervisions with PGR students, 10am-12pm (LICA B138). Please contact Arthur Bradley ( if you would like to book a tutorial with Professor Bal.

Thursday 27th, Postgraduate Research Seminar 1-2pm, Bowland North Seminar Room 07: ‘Telling, Showing, Showing Off:  the social issues of display’ (the reading for this seminar can be obtained

For more information, please contact Sharon Ruston (