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‘FEAR2000’ Conference Welcomes Larry Fessenden & Unveils Programme!

Sheffield in the UK is normally associated with Celluloid Screams Film Festival in the world of genre events.  Before it returns for a tenth edition this October, horror fans in the surrounding area can get schooled in the sinful cinema which we love with Sheffield Hallam University’s FEAR 2000 conference.  Hosted by the Department of Humanities, the event running April 6 & 7, is dedicated to studying horror cinema and television in the twenty-first century.  Organised by Craig Ian Mann, Rose Butler and Shelley O’Brien take a look at the running order of lectures planned which are sure to make your brain bulge before pouring out of your ears.  You can get more updates on Facebook, Twitter and their website.


Day 1 – 6 April, 2018

08:45-09:15: Registration with Tea & Coffee (Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre)

09:15-09:30: Opening Remarks with Chris Hopkins and Sheldon Hall (The Void, Owen 123)

09:30-10:30: Keynote 1 (The Void, Owen 123)

  • How It Happened: 2017, Horror and ‘The Year of Stephen King’
    (Simon Brown, Kingston University)

10:30-11:00: Break with Tea, Coffee and Pastries (Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre)

11:00-12:35: Panel 1 – Gore Around the Globe: International Horror Cinema (The Void, Owen 123)

  • Turkish Art-house Horror: Can Evrenol’s Nightmare-scapes
    (Pembe Gozde Erdogan, Independent Scholar)
  • Sheilas Behind Bars: Prison Horror and Gender Hierarchies in Hounds of Love
    (Liam Ball, University of Sheffield)
  • Twenty-first Century Euro-Snuff: A Serbian Film and the Realist Horror Tradition
    (Neil Jackson, University of Lincoln)
  • Horror East: The Representation of Eastern Europe in Contemporary Western European and North American Horror Cinema
    (Barbara Plotz, King’s College London)

12:35-13:20: Lunch (Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre)

13:20-14:15: Panel 2 – Stars and Strife: Contemporary American Horror (The Void, Owen 123)

  • The Post-Post-Apocalypse: The ‘Quiet Apocalypse’ in Contemporary American Horror
    (Liam Hathaway, De Montfort University)
  • Sleep and the Reign of the Uncanny in Post-Recession Horror Film
    (Dawn Keetley, LeHigh University)

14:15-15:30: Panel 3 – Make America Hate Again: Horror & US Politics (The Void, Owen 123)

  • When the Subtext Becomes Text: The Purge Takes On the American Nightmare
    (Stacey Abbott, University of Roehampton)
  • Unmasking the Liberal Monster: The Politics of Horror in Get Out
    (Michelle Risacher, Independent Scholar)
  • The Kids Are Alt-Right: Hardcore Punk and Subcultural Violence in Green Room
    (Thomas Joseph Watson, Northumbria University)

15:30-16:00: Break with Tea, Coffee and Biscuits (Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre)

16:00-17:15: Panel 4 – Broken Lenses: Found Footage Aesthetics (The Void, Owen 123)

  • Blair Witch: How Developments in Camera Technologies Complicate Priming
    (Peter Turner, Oxford Brookes University)
  • Old Trauma and New Horror?: The Contemporary Resonance of the Jonestown Massacre as Reimagined in The Sacrament
    (Shellie McMurdo, University of Roehampton)
  • Mapping and Assessing the Generic Aesthetics and Narrative Qualities Found in Feature Length Horror Films Shot on iPhone Cameras
    (Lee Broughton, Independent Scholar)

17:15-17:45: Break

17:45-19:45: Conference Dinner (Showroom Cinema)

19:45-20:00: Break

20:00-21:30: Larry Fessenden in Conversation with Chris Cooke (The Void, Owen 123)

21:30-23:00: Screening of Like Me (2017) with introduction by Larry Fessenden (The Void, Owen 123)

Day 2 – 7 April, 2018

08:45-09:00: Registration with Tea & Coffee (Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre)

09:00-10:00: Keynote 2 (The Void, Owen 123)

  • Massacring Texas Chain Saw: The American Horror Franchise as a Study in Serality
    (Laura Mee, University of Hertfordshire)


10:00-11:15: Panel 5 – A Killer Kingdom: Modern British Horror (The Void, Owen 123)

  • Horror Beyond Measure: The Exponential Rise of Modern British Horror Cinema
    (M.J. Simpson, Independent Scholar)
  • “It’s a bloody heritage place”: Violent Identity Formation within Sightseers
    (Kev Bickerdike, Sheffield Hallam University)
  • “You have absolutely no control over your mind and body anymore”: Pregnancy, Autonomy and Prepartum Anxiety in Alice Lowe’s Prevenge
    (Alice Haylett Bryan, King’s College London)

11:15-11:45: Break with Tea, Coffee and Pastries (Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre)

11:45-13:20: Panel 6 – Static Shocks: Contemporary Horror TV (The Void, Owen 123)

  • The Murk of the Past: Intersecting Victorian Imaginaries in Ripper StreetPenny Dreadful and The Alienist
    (Caitlin Shaw, University of Hertfordshire)
  • “We want to out HBO, HBO” said Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO: Micro-genres, Money Shots and Murder in Netflix’s Hemlock Grove
    (Stella Gaynor, University of Salford)
  • “Drink full and descend”: The Horror of Twin Peaks: The Return
    (Lindsay Hallam, University of East London)
  • Fix the Broken Teacup: The Exorcist and a New Kind of American Television Horror
    (Lynn Kozak, McGill University)

13:20-14:05: Lunch (Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre)

14:05-15:20: Panel 7 – Eyeballs and Eardrums: Horror’s Formal Qualities (The Void, Owen 123)

  • Sound and Fury: Noise as the New Music of Horror
    (Janet K. Halfyard, Birmingham Conservatoire)
  • Demons in Depth: Horror Beyond the Frame in Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (3D)
    (Joshua Schulze, Independent Scholar)
  • Controlling Your Fear: Reading the Generic Fusions of Contemporary Horror Games
    (Stephen Curtis, Independent Scholar)

15:20-16:35: Panel 8 – Terror 404: Technophobic Narratives (The Void, Owen 123)

  • The Eye of the Machine: Fear, Power and Technology in Screencasting Horror
    (Giuseppe Previtali, University of Bergamo)
  • Communal Nightmares: Fan Responses to Creepypasta Narrative in Dathan Auerbach’s Penpal
    (Alison Bainbridge, Northumbria University)
  • Interference: Technology Making the Body ‘Other’ in Black Mirror
    (Heather Askwith, University of Sunderland)

16:35-17:05: Break with Tea, Coffee and Biscuits (Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre)

17:05-18:20: Panel 9 – It Lives Again: Modern Monsters (The Void, Owen 123)

  • The Monster of Capitalist Industry
    (Andreas Charalambous, Anglia Ruskin University)
  • Theory-in-the-Flesh: The Babadook and New Realisations of the Monster Queer
    (Daniel Sheppard, University of East Anglia)
  • “When witches don’t fight, we burn”: Witchcraft in Contemporary Horror Television
    (Emily Brick, Manchester Metropolitan University)

18:20-19:35: Panel 10 – From Under the Bed: Childhood and Nostalgia (The Void, Owen 123)

  • Free-Range Horror: Historicizing Childhood in Stranger Things and It
    (Jason Middleton, University of Rochester)
  • It Takes Many Forms… Why Isn’t Children’s Horror One?: Child Heroes and the Problem of 1980s Nostalgia
    (Filipa Antunes, University of East Anglia)
  • Living in a ‘Meta-Cult’ World: Nostalgia and Self-conscious Cultism in Top Knot Detective and Danger 5
    (Iain Robert Smith, King’s College London)

19:35-19:45: Closing Remarks with Rose Butler, Craig Ian Mann and Shelley O’Brien (The Void, Owen 123)

19:45: Conference Close



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