StU 2018 Programme

University of Brighton, Grand Parade 225/214

“It’s Alive!”: Horror and the Moving Image

  • Xavier Aldana-Reyes – Why Affect Matters: The Importance of Emotion and Somatics to the Study of the Horror Film
  • Glenn Ward – Vampires in the Vanguard: When Pere Portabella Met Jesús Franco
  • Darren Elliott-Smith – “Drag, Die, Repeat”: Performative Pleasure and Queer Horror in American Horror Story

1120-1140: Break

Fantastic Cinema

  • Frank Gray – The Impossible: Early Film and the Representation of the Unreal
  • Emma Withers – Disembodying Scarlett Johansson: Gender, Genre and Performance
  • Holly Chard – “Don’t Ruin the Fantasy, Okay?”: Teenage Masculinity and Fantasies of Womanhood in Weird Science

1300-1400: Lunch

Amazing Television

  • Sally Shaw – “The Past Threatens to Break in”: Sapphire and Steel, Uncanny Spaces and ‘New Right’ Ideology
  • Christine Cornea – “For Queen, For Country, For Kicks”: Post-Apocalyptic Patriotism, Youth and Gender in Spooks: Code 9
  • Martin Fradley – “It is happening … again”: Uncanny Repetition, Donald Trump and Twin Peaks: The Return


1400-1520 (GP: 214)
“This Can’t be Happening”: Gothic Video Games

  • Emily Jessica Turner – Trapped within the Victorian Gothic: How Video Games Reimagine The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Rob Gallagher – Artificial Intelligence, Real Fear: Gothic Video Games and the Horror of Intelligent Machines
  • Ewan Kirkland – “Nuke Possum Springs”: Night in the Woods, Digital Storytelling and the Ludo-Gothic

1520-1540: Break

Contemporary Screen Science Fiction

  • Ali Williams – The Dutch-Aneela Effect:  Doppelgangers and Binary Opposition in SyFy’s Killjoys
  • Patricia McManus – Dystopian ‘Mobs’: Politics and Form in Black Mirror and Blade Runner 2049
  • Aris Mousoutzanis – Science Fiction, Biopolitics and the Simulacrum: Channel 4’s Humans


1540-1700 (GP: 214)
“We Didn’t Burn Him!”: Folk Horror and British Screen Cultures

  • Douglas McNaughton – Folk Horror in British Television Drama: The Pattern Under the Plough
  • David Powell – Hesitation, Repetition and Deviation: The Temporal Nightmares and Haunted Landscapes of British Television
  • Diane A. Rodgers – Why Wyrd? Why Folklore? Why Now?

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