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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: a.thakkar@lancaster.ac.uk or b.baker@lancaster.ac.uk


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: https://bordermasculinities.wordpress.com

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: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Screening-Style-Costume-Cinema-and-Performance/1433032680260289

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 artist:www.miekebal.org and she will be speaking at a number of events:

Weds 26th March, Auditorium, The Storey (http://www.thestorey.co.uk/), 6-7.30pm, showing of Madame B(www.madamebproject.com), 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 (a.h.bradley@lancaster.ac.uk) 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 froms.ruston@lancaster.ac.uk).

For more information, please contact Sharon Ruston (s.ruston@lancaster.ac.uk).

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: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Screening-Style-Costume-Cinema-and-Performance/1433032680260289.

This is a free event, but please email the organisers, Bruce Bennett or Catherine Spooner to register (b.bennett@lancs.ac.uk; c.spooner@lancs.ac.uk).

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 fantastikaconference@gmail.com along with a 50 word bionote by March 15th, 2014.


And join the facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1449792311903590/