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[ecrea] CFP: 40 Years of Alien

Wed Sep 12 13:59:47 GMT 2018

*/40 years of Alien/*
*An academic symposium hosted by*
*The Centre for Film, Television and Screen Studies*
*Bangor University, UK*
*_Friday 24 May 2019_*
_Keynotes tbc_
/Alien /has left an indelible mark on popular culture. Conceived primarily to cash in on the popularity of science-fiction films in the late 1970s, directed by a person known for making adverts (Ridley Scott) and starring an unknown actor in the lead role (Sigourney Weaver), it transcended its humble origins to frighten and disturb audiences on its initial release. Its success has led to three direct sequels, two prequels, one ‘mashup’ franchise, a series of comic books, graphic novels, novelisations and games, and has an enormous and devoted fanbase. For forty years, /Alien/ (and its progeny) has animated debate and discussion among critics and academics from a wide variety of disciplines and methodological perspectives.

Hosted by the Centre for Film, Television and Screen Studies at Bangor University, this symposium proposes to bring together scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to explore /Alien/ forty years since its release, debate its legacy and consider its position within visual culture.

We also hope to include contributions from Colin Arthur and Roger Dicken, both of whom worked on the make-up and special effects for the film.

We welcome contributions from any perspective such as (but not limited to) the following:

  * /Alien /– origins, influences, production, aesthetics, publicity,
    reception, afterlife
  * Sequels, prequels and mashups: /Aliens, Alien 3/, /Alien:
    Resurrection, Prometheus, Alien: Covenant, Alien vs Predator, Alien
    vs Predator: Requiem/
  * The /Alien /Transmedia Universe: games, comic books, graphic novels,
  * Sigourney Weaver: star, producer, auteur?
  * Ripley as feminist icon: the gender politics of the /Alien /universe
  * /Alien/ and motherhood
  * /Alien/ and race, ethnicity and otherness
  * HR Giger and The Art of /Alien/
  * /Alien /and psychoanalysis
  * A Haunted House in Space: /Alien /as Gothic horror
  * /Alien/ and science-fiction
  * /Alien/,//audiences, fandom and ‘cult’
  *   ‘The perfect organism’: /Alien/ and evolutionary biology
  * /Alien/ and neoliberalism, post-industrialism and the rise of
    multinational corporations
  * /Alien/ and artificial intelligence, cybernetic organisms, and the

Please send 300-word abstracts and a short biographical note to Dr Gregory Frame ((g.frame /at/ <mailto:(g.frame /at/>) by 1 January 2019.

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