Event to be held at the following time, date and location:

Saturday, 19 November 2016 from 09:30 to 19:00 (GMT)

King’s College London
Department of Geography Room K4U.12
4th Floor, King’s Building
WC2R 2LS London
United Kingdom

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Researchers from the Department of Film Studies at King’s College London are excited to announce a one day cinema, media and urbanism symposium. Life in the contemporary metropolis poses a range of challenges such as overpopulation, pollution, gentrification, urban sprawl and socio-political conflict. While it is widely acknowledged that cinema and media play an active role in efforts to negotiate these environmental obstacles, just how and to what effect they do so remains an open and fertile field of academic research. A series of papers, including keynote presentations by Prof Myria Georgiou (LSE) and Dr Lawrence Webb (University of Sussex), will aim to reposition vital elements of this evolving debate and analyse the current impact of cinema and media on the world’s cities in crisis. This one day symposium will conclude with a screening of Enrico Masi’s Sur Les Jeux Olympiques, a round table discussion chaired by Dr Scott Rodgers (Birkbeck, University of London) and a wine reception.


09.45 – 10.00 Registration and Introduction

Morning Session

10.05 – 11.20

Adam Wyatt (King’s College London) ‘A History of Untold Violence: Memorialisation, Landscape and the Origins of Barbarism in Ethan and Joel Coen’s No Country for Old Men (2007)

Jingan Young (King’s College London) ‘Cinematic Spaces of Soho: Pleasure and Rebellion. Where the Kids get their Kicks!”

Anna Viola Sborgi (King’s College London) ‘Private and Public: The Articulation of Space in London’s Housing Crisis on Channel 4’ (King’s College London)

11.20 – 11.35 Break

Keynote Speaker

Myria Georgiou  (London School of Economics) ‘Post-Brexit Blues: Londoners’ Digital Responses to the Crisis of Conviviality’

12:35 – 13.35 Lunch

Afternoon Session


Rahoul Masrani (London School of Economics) ‘London and Cinema: A Dynamic Relationship’.

Sander Holsgens (University College London) ‘Toward a phenomenology of skateboarding: film and the senses in Seoul, South Korea’

14.25 – 14.40 Break

Keynote Speaker


Lawrence Webb (University of Sussex) ‘Nostalgia for Decline? Reimagining New York’s Urban Crisis’

15.40 – 16.35

Martha Shearer (King’s College London) ‘Frances Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: Gender, Crisis, and the Creative City in Frances Ha (2012)’

Jennifer Wallace (King’s College London) ‘Cultural Memory in Stone: Varda, Romanticism and the Parisian Caryatids’

16:35 Screening

Sur Les Jeux Olympiques (Enrico Masi, 2012).

17.00 Roundtable discussion chaired by Scott Rodgers (Birkbeck, University of London), with: Peter Jones (Queen Mary, University of London), David Kendall (Goldsmiths, University of London), and Mark Shiel (King’s College London).

17.45 Closing Remarks and Wine Reception

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