Author: Tobias Steiner

CfP: Breaking out of the Box: Critical Essays on the Cult TV Show Supernatural

“What’s in the box?” Dean Winchester asks in “The Magnificent Seven,” episode one of the third season of Supernatural, to the befuddlement of his brother Sam and their avuncular mentor Bobby Singer, but to the delight of fans who revel in the show’s wry meta elements. Dean is of course quoting Detective Mills, Brad Pitt’s character in the thriller Se7en (1995), directed by David Fincher. Throughout its twelve-year run (to date), Supernatural has revelled in breaking out of the limitations usually implied by a television show, breaking out of the box in numerous ways. Acknowledging the popularity of the...

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Call for Essays: Apocalyptic Television (Edited Collection)

Science fiction has always indicated that it is a matter of when—not if—some kind of Apocalypse will occur. When it does, what will happen to the organisms that inhabit Planet Earth? Will humans revert to some type of proto-human? Will they “rise” to the occasion and create something better? Will the strong survive, only to subjugate the weak? Will we come together as human beings to build new civilizations, or devolve as a species competing for scant resources in an environment inhospitable to our very existence? Science fiction has long explored the means and outcomes of apocalyptic cataclysms, and...

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Call for edited book chapters: Gender & Horror

We are inviting chapter submissions for a new edited collection focusing on gender and horror. This edited collection aims to re-examine horror in an era of remakes, reboots and re-imaginings. There have been many developments in the horror genre and whilst much of it has been reliant on previous material, there are also many shifts and changes such as cross-over of genres (for example, teen romance paired with vampires and werewolves, or horror in space); new formats such as Netflix, and cinema no longer being the only place we see horror; a resurgence of stories of hauntings and ghosts; and the popularity of ‘found footage’. We wish to focus specifically on horror from 1995 to the present, as after a brief hiatus in the mainstream, the 1990s saw the return of horror to our screens – including our TV screens with, for example, Buffy The Vampire Slayer – and with horror and its characters more knowing than before. We are happy for you to compare older material with newer versions, such as the recent Netflix version of The Exorcist (2016) with the original film The Exorcist (1973). The main requirement is that you interrogate whether the portrayal of gender has changed in horror – it may look like something different (more positive?) is happening, but is it? We hope to encourage diverse perspectives and we welcome early career researchers...

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BFI Media Conference 2017, 29-30 June, BFI Southbank, London, UK

The BFI Media Conference is a unique event for teachers of film and media at 16+ and in HE, bringing together an exciting mix of new and creative ideas from the worlds of the media industries, teaching and research. INDUSTRY highlights include plenary guests Jay Hunt (Chief Creative Officer, Channel 4) and Gurinder Chadha OBE (Director, Writer, Producer VICEROY’S HOUSE, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM…) as well as speakers from the BBC and independent TV production, Altitude Film Distribution on Moonlight and Lady Macbeth (pictured), Criterion Games on Star Wars: Battlefront – Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission, Criterion Games plus...

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