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[ecrea] Annie Hall conference at University of Sheffield

Fri Feb 03 18:51:41 GMT 2017

Remembering /Annie Hall/: A One Day Conference

University of Sheffield

31st May 2017

Confirmed plenary speaker: Professor Annette Kuhn (Queen Mary, University of London)


Since its release on 27th April 1977, /Annie Hall/ has established itself as a key film for Woody Allen’s career and the history of romantic comedy more generally. At the 1978 Academy Awards, it won Oscars for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress. In addition to its central place in Allen’s oeuvre (film critic Roger Ebert called it "just about everyone's favorite Woody Allen movie”), it is regularly cited as one of the greatest film comedies. In 2015 it was voted the funniest screenplay ever by the Writers Guild of America.

To mark the fortieth anniversary of the film’s release, the University of Sheffield is hosting a one-day conference to consider the importance of Annie Hall and its cultural influence. We are particularly interested in conversations stimulated by revisiting the film in the current political climate of President Trump’s government. To that end we welcome papers on all aspects of the film, including its reception and reputation.

Suggested topics may include but are not limited to the following:

●/Annie Hall/ and “New Hollywood”

●/Annie Hall/ as an auteur film

●/Annie Hall/ as (auto)biography

●/Annie Hall/ and fashion

●/Annie Hall /and feminism

●/Annie Hall/ and whiteness

●/Annie Hal/l and film genre

●/Annie Hall /and film theory

●/Annie Hall/ and psychoanalysis

●The role of art, transformation and performance

●Representations of the city

●Representations of migrant experience

●Representations (or non-representations) of race

●Romance and sex

●Music and voiceover

●The problem of the Hollywood ending

●Thinking about /Annie Hall/ as (or as not) a Woody Allen film

●Thinking about /Annie Hall/ as a Diane Keaton film

●/Annie Hall/ in 1977 versus /Annie Hall/ in 2017

●Allen’s influences in /Annie Hall /and/or the influence of /Annie Hall/ today

●Thinking about /Annie Hall /in the age of Trump

Proposals for 20-minute papers (maximum 200 word abstracts, plus a short biographical note of no more than 50 words) are due by 31st March 2017, and should be sent to (Annie.Hall /at/ <mailto:(Annie.Hall /at/>.

We encourage proposals from anyone with an interest in Annie Hall, including established academics, graduate students and independent scholars.

There is a conference website: <>

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