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(CFP) B for BAD Cinema: Aesthetics, Politics and Cultural Value

B for BAD Cinema: Aesthetics, Politics and Cultural Value

Inaugural Centre for Film and Television Studies Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, April 15-17, 2009

Over the past decade, paracinema – a movement that has grown up around sleazy, excessive, or poorly executed B-movies – has seen a counter-cultural valorisation of all forms of cinematic trash or ‘badfilm.’ In many internet and print sources devoted to the celebration of paracinema, the term B-movie has (in contrast to its earlier studio-era sense) come to mean almost anything: disreputable and unworthy movies, low-budget exploitation movies, straight to TV or video movies, and even big-budget studio movies. B for BAD cinema seeks to negotiate some of the (aesthetic and moral) values and judgments inscribed in a B-movie culture in which films are deemed to be good-because-bad or bad-because-good. B for BAD cinema invites international film scholars, critics and filmmakers to present their thoughts on badfilm, with a particular focus on the following themes:

  1. Cultural value and theory
  2. Bad feeling and affect
  3. Aesthetic value and bad art
  4. Cultural morals and politics
  5. Bad film theory and criticism

Plenary speakers include:

  • Elisabeth Bronfen
  • J. Hoberman
  • Adrian Martin
  • Ernest Mathijs
  • Murray Pomerance
  • Jeffrey Sconce

The Conference Conveners will accept proposals for individual papers or three-speaker panel sessions until November 14 2008.

Abstracts of no more than 250-words and a 100-word biography should be sent to Con Verevis.

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1 (CFP) Second Round of B for BAD cinema | Edit Room { 12.04.08 at 9:33 am }

[…] Due to high levels of interest in B for Bad Cinema, the Conference conveners have extended the call for papers to a second round, with a new closing date of January 30, 2009. Link here. […]

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