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[Commlist] Action Cinema Now conference

Thu Feb 21 04:36:17 GMT 2019

We are delighted to say that the Action Cinema Now conference is now open for registrations. The conference runs from Thursday 11 April to Saturday 13 April 2019 inclusive.

The conference website is now live, and includes more information on our keynotes and panels, and a draft conference schedule:


Early bird registration closes on 1 March 2019. You can register at the following link:

If you want to attend the conference dinner you need to purchase your place as part of the online registration process. You also need to confirm your menu choices by clicking on this link:

Further details about the conference's focus are provided below:

At a moment when the relationship between popular culture, politics and society is again being sharply debated, action cinema as a dominant form of mass cultural production demands to be re-examined, as does the critical writing that has documented that form. Action films pose pressing questions about the extent to which a popular form can develop appropriate responses to the ethical dimensions of representation and marginalisation, particularly in a wider context of global multi-platform circulation. At the same time, they remain key sites of technological and aesthetic innovation and market negotiation shaped by complex local and global economic and cultural drivers.

This conference brings together scholars from a range of disciplines in a cross-continental, intercultural, intermedial and interdisciplinary examination of this wide-ranging form. We seek to analyse action cinema in its heterogeneity, and in particular to skew away from traditional foci of action scholarship, such as the white cis-gendered male hero. In doing so, the conference will address questions of regional exchange, aesthetics, performance, and industry.

We are delighted to welcome an impressive array of established and emerging scholars from the U.S, Canada, Europe, and India as speakers, as well as keynotes from Professor Emerita Chris Holmlund (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Professor Mary Beltrán (University of Texas), Professor Gina Marchetti (University of Hong Kong), and Professor Yvonne Tasker, University of Leeds).

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