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4 April 2014
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Italian Horror Cinema Conference Programme

I am delighted to reveal the full programme for “Italian Horror Cinema: an International Film Conference”, taking place at the University of Bedfordshire’s Luton campus on Friday May 9th and Saturday May 10th 2014. As well as a host of international experts on Italian horror, it is my honour to …

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10 September 2013
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Italian Horror Cinema: an International Film Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS:
Italian Horror Cinema: an International Film Conference
The University of Bedfordshire, Luton, Friday 9th – Saturday 10th May 2014
In association with the second annual ‘Spaghetti Cinema’ Film Festival @spaghetticinema
Keynote speaker: Professor Peter Hutchings (Northumbria University).
Italian Film Studies increasingly situates its subject matter within discourses that complicate merely ‘national’ orientations, …

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26 June 2013
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Call for Papers: “Grindhouse”

Call for Chapters for an Edited Collection: Grindhouse: Transcultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond
Editors: Austin Fisher and Johnny Walker
To walk along New York’s 42nd Street was, from the 1960s to the 1980s, to undergo a kaleidoscopic encounter with an array of international film genres. In this the golden age of the …

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27 March 2013
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Spaghetti Cinema Programme

The Spaghetti Cinema event is just around the corner (Thursday 11th – Saturday 13th April 2013). So, to whet your appetites, here is the full Spaghetti Cinema Programme in PDF format. This covers both the film festival and the academic conference. Don’t forget to book your tickets through the Luton Culture website.

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17 January 2013
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“Spaghetti Cinema” Festival

Thanks to my employers at the University of Bedfordshire, I have the privilege to be organising a Spaghetti Western film festival and related academic conference. The event will take place at the Library Theatre, Luton for three days between Thursday 11th and Saturday 13th April 2013.
We are deeply honoured to …

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24 September 2012
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Video Essay on Editing in The Searchers

Having admired the pedagogical innovativeness of Film Studies for Free (and the various resources linked therefrom) for many a year, it is high time I tried my hand at the burgeoning format of the video essay. So, here’s my first attempt at such a thing, on The Searchers (John Ford, 1956). …

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13 July 2012
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Call for papers: “Spaghetti Westerns in Transit”

Spaghetti Westerns in Transit: an International Film Conference on Transculturation and Liminality
Luton, UK, Friday 12th April 2013.
In association with the University of Bedfordshire and the inaugural ‘Spaghetti Cinema’ Annual Film Festival: @spaghetticinema
Keynote speaker: Professor Sir Christopher Frayling.
The hundreds of films that make up the Italian (or ‘Spaghetti’) Western genre offer heterogeneous documents …

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30 June 2012
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Go West, Comrade: Unearthing ‘Politics’ in the Spaghetti Western

This article was originally published on the Spaghetti Western Database in February 2011.
One can fully sympathise with Yodlaf Peterson when, trying to blast Professor Xantos free from prison, he is faced with stubborn resistance and a lecture on the merits of pacifism from the po-faced captive. ‘Give me one single …

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6 May 2012
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“Media Across Borders” Network

I’ll be addressing the launch conference for the “Media Across Borders” scholarly network, at the University of Roehampton, London on Saturday June 9th 2012. This international conference will address processes of media localisation and contemplate the broader significance of cultural translation within the creative industries. More information about this fascinating …

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16 January 2012
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Go West, Comrade… to Tennessee!

I am deeply honoured to have been invited to speak at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in April of this year. My guest lecture to the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, entitled “Go West, Comrade! Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western”, will take place on Monday 16th April. The …

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16 January 2012
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Italian Americanisms @ SCMS

I’ll be addressing the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts, which runs from March 21st-25th at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers. My paper is entitled “Italian Americanisms: Popular Italian Cinema in the Light of the Transnational”, and the abstract is as follows:
Defining …

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