2018 Programme

Day 1 – 6 April, 2018

08:45-09:15: Registration with Tea & Coffee (Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre)

09:15-09:30: Opening Remarks with Chris Hopkins and Sheldon Hall (The Void, Owen 123)

09:30-10:30: Keynote 1 (The Void, Owen 123)

  • How It Happened: 2017, Horror and ‘The Year of Stephen King’
    (Simon Brown, Kingston University)

10:30-11:00: Break with Tea, Coffee and Pastries (Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre)

11:00-12:35: Panel 1 – Gore Around the Globe: International Horror Cinema (The Void, Owen 123)

  • Turkish Art-house Horror: Can Evrenol’s Nightmare-scapes
    (Pembe Gozde Erdogan, Independent Scholar)
  • Sheilas Behind Bars: Prison Horror and Gender Hierarchies in Hounds of Love
    (Liam Ball, University of Sheffield)
  • Twenty-first Century Euro-Snuff: A Serbian Film and the Realist Horror Tradition
    (Neil Jackson, University of Lincoln)
  • Horror East: The Representation of Eastern Europe in Contemporary Western European and North American Horror Cinema
    (Barbara Plotz, King’s College London)

12:35-13:20: Lunch (Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre)

13:20-14:15: Panel 2 – Stars and Strife: Contemporary American Horror (The Void, Owen 123)

  • The Post-Post-Apocalypse: The ‘Quiet Apocalypse’ in Contemporary American Horror
    (Liam Hathaway, De Montfort University)
  • Sleep and the Reign of the Uncanny in Post-Recession Horror Film
    (Dawn Keetley, LeHigh University)

14:15-15:30: Panel 3 – Make America Hate Again: Horror & US Politics (The Void, Owen 123)

  • When the Subtext Becomes Text: The Purge Takes On the American Nightmare
    (Stacey Abbott, University of Roehampton)
  • Unmasking the Liberal Monster: The Politics of Horror in Get Out
    (Michelle Risacher, Independent Scholar)
  • The Kids Are Alt-Right: Hardcore Punk and Subcultural Violence in Green Room
    (Thomas Joseph Watson, Northumbria University)

15:30-16:00: Break with Tea, Coffee and Biscuits (Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre)

16:00-17:15: Panel 4 – Broken Lenses: Found Footage Aesthetics (The Void, Owen 123)

  • Blair Witch: How Developments in Camera Technologies Complicate Priming
    (Peter Turner, Oxford Brookes University)
  • Old Trauma and New Horror?: The Contemporary Resonance of the Jonestown Massacre as Reimagined in The Sacrament
    (Shellie McMurdo, University of Roehampton)
  • Mapping and Assessing the Generic Aesthetics and Narrative Qualities Found in Feature Length Horror Films Shot on iPhone Cameras
    (Lee Broughton, Independent Scholar)

17:15-17:45: Break

17:45-19:45: Conference Dinner (Showroom Cinema)

19:45-20:00: Break

20:00-21:30: Live Video Interview: Larry Fessenden in Conversation with Chris Cooke (The Void, Owen 123)

21:30-23:00: UK Premiere of Like Me with video introduction by director Robert Mockler (The Void, Owen 123)


Day 2 – 7 April, 2018

08:45-09:00: Registration with Tea & Coffee (Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre)

09:00-10:00: Keynote 2 (The Void, Owen 123)

  • Massacring Texas Chain Saw: The American Horror Franchise as a Study in Serality
    (Laura Mee, University of Hertfordshire)

10:00-11:15: Panel 5 – A Killer Kingdom: Modern British Horror (The Void, Owen 123)

  • Horror Beyond Measure: The Exponential Rise of Modern British Horror Cinema
    (M.J. Simpson, Independent Scholar)
  • “It’s a bloody heritage place”: Violent Identity Formation within Sightseers
    (Kev Bickerdike, Sheffield Hallam University)
  • “You have absolutely no control over your mind and body anymore”: Pregnancy, Autonomy and Prepartum Anxiety in Alice Lowe’s Prevenge
    (Alice Haylett Bryan, King’s College London)

11:15-11:45: Break with Tea, Coffee and Pastries (Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre)

11:45-13:20: Panel 6 – Static Shocks: Contemporary Horror TV (The Void, Owen 123)

  • The Murk of the Past: Intersecting Victorian Imaginaries in Ripper Street, Penny Dreadful and The Alienist
    (Caitlin Shaw, University of Hertfordshire)
  • “We want to out HBO, HBO” said Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO: Micro-genres, Money Shots and Murder in Netflix’s Hemlock Grove
    (Stella Gaynor, University of Salford)
  • “Drink full and descend”: The Horror of Twin Peaks: The Return
    (Lindsay Hallam, University of East London)
  • Fix the Broken Teacup: The Exorcist and a New Kind of American Television Horror
    (Lynn Kozak, McGill University)

13:20-14:05: Lunch (Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre)

14:05-15:20: Panel 7 – Eyeballs and Eardrums: Horror’s Formal Qualities (The Void, Owen 123)

  • Sound and Fury: Noise as the New Music of Horror
    (Janet K. Halfyard, Birmingham Conservatoire)
  • Demons in Depth: Horror Beyond the Frame in Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (3D)
    (Joshua Schulze, Independent Scholar)
  • Controlling Your Fear: Reading the Generic Fusions of Contemporary Horror Games
    (Stephen Curtis, Independent Scholar)

15:20-16:35: Panel 8 – Terror 404: Technophobic Narratives (The Void, Owen 123)

  • The Eye of the Machine: Fear, Power and Technology in Screencasting Horror
    (Giuseppe Previtali, University of Bergamo)
  • Communal Nightmares: Fan Responses to Creepypasta Narrative in Dathan Auerbach’s Penpal
    (Alison Bainbridge, Northumbria University)
  • Interference: Technology Making the Body ‘Other’ in Black Mirror
    (Heather Askwith, University of Sunderland)

16:35-17:05: Break with Tea, Coffee and Biscuits (Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre)

17:05-18:20: Panel 9 – It Lives Again: Modern Monsters (The Void, Owen 123)

  • The Monster of Capitalist Industry
    (Andreas Charalambous, Anglia Ruskin University)
  • Theory-in-the-Flesh: The Babadook and New Realisations of the Monster Queer
    (Daniel Sheppard, University of East Anglia)
  • “When witches don’t fight, we burn”: Witchcraft in Contemporary Horror Television
    (Emily Brick, Manchester Metropolitan University)

18:20-19:35: Panel 10 – From Under the Bed: Childhood and Nostalgia (The Void, Owen 123)

  • Free-Range Horror: Historicizing Childhood in Stranger Things and It
    (Jason Middleton, University of Rochester)
  • It Takes Many Forms… Why Isn’t Children’s Horror One?: Child Heroes and the Problem of 1980s Nostalgia
    (Filipa Antunes, University of East Anglia)
  • Living in a ‘Meta-Cult’ World: Nostalgia and Self-conscious Cultism in Top Knot Detective and Danger 5
    (Iain Robert Smith, King’s College London)

19:35-19:45: Closing Remarks with Rose Butler, Craig Ian Mann and Shelley O’Brien (The Void, Owen 123)

19:45: Conference Close