Northumbria University, UK, 7 May 2020


PhD students and Early Career Researchers working in the field(s) of “horror, cult and exploitation” screen media, are invited to submit abstracts about their research to deliver at a workshop at Northumbria University, UK, on Thursday 7 May 2020.

The workshop – which follows three highly successful events in 2017, 2018 and 2019 – will take the format of a mini-symposium, and consist of three sessions, each made up of four speakers. Speakers will each deliver a 5-10 minute talk about their research to their peers and to a panel of Northumbria’s academic experts, providing a short introduction to their current project and identifying several questions for discussion. After each presentation, there will be an opportunity for the academic panel and other workshop participants to feedback to each speaker, and to ask follow-up questions.

The workshop is intended to be a small scale networking opportunity for scholars with shared research interests, and to provide a relatively informal opportunity for those newer to academia to engage in dialogue with more established researchers.

The event will feature a presentation by Dr Kieran Foster (De Montfort University), who will discuss the contents of the Hammer Films Archive, and instruct workshop participants on how to access these materials for research purposes.

Applicants are reminded that there are only twelve spaces available. Lunch and light refreshment will be provided throughout the day. The event is free to attend.


Please submit a 250 word summary of your project and a 50-100 word bio to the principal organiser,

Dr Johnny Walker (johnny.walker@northumbria.ac.uk), by 23:59 (GMT) Friday 20 March 2020.


Applicants will be notified of their proposal’s outcome within 7 days of the deadline.


Relevant publications by Northumbria staff include: The Routledge Companion to Cult Cinema (2019), Italian Horror Cinema (2017), Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media (2016), Grindhouse: Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond (2016), Alien Audiences: Remembering and Evaluating a Classic Movie (2016), Contemporary British Horror Cinema: Industry, Genre and Society (2015), Zombies and Sexuality (2014), Torture Porn: Popular Horror After Saw (2013), The Evil Dead (2011), Trash or Treasure? Censorship and the Changing Meanings of the Video Nasties (2007)