Conferences and Panels as Organiser
Panel organiser: ‘E. M. Forster’s Maurice (1913/1971) and 25 years of James Ivory’s Maurice (1987): adaptation(s), authorship(s) and reappraisal(s)’, at ‘Visible and Invisible Authorships’: 7th Annual Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies, 27-8 Sep 2012, University of York, UK.
Conference organiser: Adapting Historical Narratives, 28 Feb 2012, Centre for Adaptations, DMU. Instigator and co-organiser (with Professor Deborah Cartmell, DMU) of this international interdisciplinary conference, bringing together textual, theoretical and practitioner perspectives from three continents.
Conferences and Seminars as Invited/Keynote Speaker
‘From Lypton Village to London Goth: Virgin Prunes in England, c. 1982-4’, A Special Relationship? Irish Popular Music in Britain, Northumbia University, UK, in conjunction with the University of Ulster Centre for Media Research, 27-8 June 2012. Invited participant.
‘Web 2.0 fandom and James Ivory’s/E. M. Forster’s Maurice (UK, 1987) – or: Tumblr, LiveJournal and YouTube, the life of texts and the redundancy of “heritage-film” criticism’, invited plenary speaker, Pursuing the Trivial: Investigations into Popular Culture postgraduate conference, University of Vienna/Vienna University of Applied Arts, Austria, 1-2 Jun 2012. http://www.univie.ac.at/pursuingthetrivial/
‘Majesty/alchemy/anarchy: fashionable and unfashionable queens in Derek Jarman’s Jubilee (1978)’, invited plenary speaker, Fashionable Queens: Body, Power, Gender symposium, Institute for English Studies & Institute for Sociology, University of Vienna, Austria, 3-4 Dec 2010. (Paper delivered in absentia due to flight cancellations.) www.univie.ac.at/fashionablequeens/
Invited keynote speaker plus film introduction to Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank (UK, 2009), Radical British Screens symposium, University of the West of England (UWE) & Screen South-West Research Network at UWE & the Arnolfini Arts Centre, Bristol, UK, 3 Sep 2010.
‘Not represented: on absences, specificities and post-punk music cultures in post-2000 British film’, invited plenary speaker, British Film 2000–2010: Crossing Borders, Transferring Cultures, Centre for Intercultural Studies/Faculty of Translation, Sprache und Kultur, Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, 18-21 Feb 2010. www.fask.uni-mainz.de/inst/iaa/tagung/
‘“Not new wave. It’s inspired by punk.” The post-punk female in British film: Hazel O’Connor and Breaking Glass’, Post-Punk Performance: The Alternative 80s in Britain, interdisciplinary/knowledge-transfer conference, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds, UK, 9 Sep 2009. Invited participant.
‘The post-punk female in British film’, Newcastle University Institute for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Research Group in Film and Media, UK, 21 May 2009. Invited seminar paper.
‘Punk and British film in the late 1970s’, Don’t Look Now: British Cinema in the 1970s conference, University of Exeter, UK, 4–5 Jul 2007. Invited participant.
‘The Heritage Audience Survey: investigating period-film audiences’, research seminar paper at the invitation of Professor Martin Barker, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK, 12 May 2006.
‘Beyond the heritage debate: investigating period-film audiences’, invited keynote speaker (alongside Prof Sue Harper, University of Portsmouth), Representation. Period: A Study Day in Representations, History and Nostalgia in Period Film and Television, University of Sussex, UK, 15 Sep 2005.
‘Do national cinema histories make sense?’, invited participant in panel debate (with Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, invited by Professor Ian Christie), Film History in Question study day, University of London Screen Studies Group and AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies, Senate House, London, UK, 21 Nov 2003.
Other Conference and Seminar Papers
‘“That’s [never] finished”: Maurice without ending, from Forster’s palimpsest to fan-text’, E. M. Forster's Maurice: A conference marking the centenary of Forster's writing of the novel, University of St Andrews, UK, 24–25 Nov 2012.
‘Forgotten histories? Film on Four and British retro and heritage films of the 1980s’, Channel 4 and British Film Culture, University of Portsmouth/British Universities’ Film & Video Council (BUFVC) at BFI Southbank, London, UK, 1–2 Nov 2012.
‘“That’s [never] finished”: Maurice as adaptation without ending, from Forster’s palimpsest to fan-text’, panel on 25 years of James Ivory’s film Maurice (1987), ‘Visible and Invisible Authorships’: 7th Annual Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies, 27-8 Sep 2012, University of York, UK.
‘The (second) death of English heritage? Web 2.0 fandom and E. M. Forster’s/James Ivory’s Maurice (UK, 1987)’, Inaugural European Popular Culture Association Conference (EUPOP), London College of Fashion/University of the Arts, UK, 11-13 Jul 2012.
‘Cultural positioning, discursive over-determination and the limits of audience autonomy: reflections on the Heritage Film Audiences study’, 4th Edinburgh International Film Audiences Conference (EIFAC), UK, 17-18 Mar 2011.
‘British transsexual romcoms (both of them): Different for Girls (Richard Spence, 1996), Girl Stroke Boy (Bob Kellett, 1971)’, Romcom, Actually conference, CATH Centre/Faculty of Humanities, De Montfort University, UK, 2-3 Mar 2011.
‘(Not?) filming the unfilmable, adapting the 1970s: Brothers of the Head (Keith Fulton & Louis Pepe, 2006) versus Brothers of the Head (Brian W. Aldiss & Ian Pollock, 1977)’, paper, 4th International Association of Adaptation Studies Conference, BFI (British Film Institute) Southbank, London, UK, 24-5 Sep 2009.
‘“Hey you, standing there, what you got to stare at?” The post-punk female in British film: Breaking Glass (Brian Gibson, UK, 1980)’, 1970s British Culture conference, University of Portsmouth, UK, 1–3 Jul 2008.
‘The female protagonist(s) in contemporary realism: My Summer of Love (Pavel Pawlikowski, UK, 2004) and Red Road (Andrea Arnold, UK/Denmark, 2006)’, The Realist Impulse: Contemporary Film-Making in Britain conference, Oxford Brookes University at St Anne’s College, Oxford, UK, 12–13 Jul 2007.
‘Aki Kaurismäki’s London: I Hired A Contract Killer (Sweden/Finland, 1990)’, Continental Connections: British Film and Television in their European Contexts conference, University of Leicester/De Montfort University, UK, 10-11 Jul 2007.
‘Beyond the heritage debate: investigating period-film audiences’, Cinema Audiences: A Symposium, University of Newcastle, UK, 27 May 2006.
‘Monkey Dust’s urban Britain’, Visualising the City: An International Symposium, University of Manchester, UK, 26-28 Jun 2005.
‘The 1990s underclass film, ideology and identity in “new” Britain’, Relocating Britishness conference, University of Central Lancashire, 22-24 Jun 2000
‘Underbelly UK: The 1990s underclass film’, Cinema/Identity/History: An International Conference on British Cinema, University of East Anglia, UK, 10-12 July 1998.
‘Anti-urbanism and the English: urban space in Howards End’, Cityscapes/Landscapes: The Representation of Space in European Cinema conference, Middlesex University, UK, 1 Mar 1997.
‘What do we mean by screening “Englishness”?’, The Revision of England in Film and Literature 1945-1995 conference, Kingston University, UK, 13-14 Jul 1996.
‘Sex, humour and heritage: the cinematic sexualities of Merchant Ivory’, Popular European Cinema 2: The Spectacular conference, Punkaharju, Finland, Jul 1996.