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[Commlist] Call for Papers Deadline for Cine-Excess 14: Representations as Weapons: Cult Film and the Politics of Resistance

Thu Sep 17 11:58:02 GMT 2020

This is a reminder of the upcoming deadline for proposals to the Cine-Excess 14 international conference and festival.

*Call for Papers*

*The 14th International Conference and Festival on Global Cult Film Traditions***


*/_Cine Excess 14_/**/__/*

*_Representations as Weapons: Cult Film and the Politics of Resistance_*

*5^th - 7^th November 2020*


*Organised in association with Birmingham City University and the Black Sands Educational Project *


*Confirmed Guest of Honour*


*Pam Grier*

*(/Jackie Brown/, /Coffy/, /Scream Blacula Scream/) *

*Live Streamed Interview and Q and A on Friday 6^th November 2020 *

Previous guests of honour attending /Cine-Excess/ have included *Jen *& *Sylvia Soska* (/American Mary/, /Rabid/ [2019]), *Norman J. Warren* (/Prey/, /Terror/), (*Victoria Price *(Author of /Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography/),*Pete Walker * (/Frightmare/ and /House of the Long Shadows/), *Catherine Breillat*(/Romance/, /Sex is Comedy/), *John Landis *(/An American Werewolf in London/, /The Blues Brothers/), *Roger Corman *(/The Masque of the Red Death/, /The Wild Angels/), *Stuart Gordon *(/Re-Animator/, /King of the Ants/), *Brian Yuzna *(/Society/, /The Dentist/), *Dario Argento *(/Deep Red/, /Suspiria/), *Joe Dante *(/The Howling/, /Gremlins/), *Franco Nero* (/Django/, /Keoma/, /Die Hard II/), *Vanessa Redgrave* (/Blow Up/, /The Devils/), *Ruggero Deodato* (/Cannibal Holocaust/, /House on the Edge of the Park/),*Enzo G. Castellari *(/Keoma/, /The Inglorious Bast***s/), *Sergio Martino* (/Torso/, /All the Colours of the Dark/), *Jeff Lieberman* (/Squirm/, /Blue Sunshine/) and *Pat Mills* (/Action Magazine/, /2000 AD/).**


/Cine-Excess 14 /features an onlineacademic conference alongside film industry panels and a streamed film festival season of related UK premieres and retrospectives.*

For its 2020 edition, /Cine Excess/ is working in collaboration with the Black Sands Educational Project, which seeks to educate UK based BAME artists, filmmakers and audiences about the subversive potential that surrounds black representations in cult and marginal cinema formats. The focus of the Black Sands project helps informs this year’s conference theme: Representations as Weapons: Cult Film and the Politics of Resistance. This theme considers the extent to which the struggle for representations by various ethnicities, genders and divergent groups is enacted through a range of classic and contemporary cult film genres. This focus on representations as weapons will consider the complex issues of gender and racial diversity as embodied by the cult image, whilst also exploring a range of international traditions, directors and performers whose work can be seen as existing at the borders of cinematic excess and political struggle.

As central to this examination, we are delighted to welcome the legendary actress Pam Grier (/Jackie Brown/, /Coffy/, /Scream Blacula Scream/) as our Guest of Honour to /Cine-Excess/ 14. In a career that has spanned more than thirty years, Pam Grier pioneered the representation of strong African-American heroines across a range of influential films, often appearing in pulp productions that carried prominent messages about gender and racial equality. Her body of work remains relevant to contemporary audiences, who are now even more interested in issues of diversity portrayed in these cult narratives. Pam Grier will be joining the festival for a live streamed interview and audience Q and A on *Friday 6^th November*, when she will also receive her /Cine-Excess/ Lifetime Achievement Award.

We therefore welcome conference submissions that deal directly with Pam Grier’s work as a performer and cultural icon. Further topics might also consider the work of classic and contemporary minority and female filmmakers, alongside those performers whose works annex social commentary with unconventional content, while issues of diaspora, disability, mental health and migration are other key topics that will be discussed by this year’s event. Proposals are now invited for papers that consider cult film case-studies within a range of differing contexts that relate to this year’s theme. However, we would particularly welcome contributions that focus on the following areas:


 1.  >From /Cause Célèbre/to Cultural Icon: New Readings of Pam Grier
    and Performativity
 2. Manipulating the Mainstream: Jordan Peele and the New Politics of
    Race Horror
 3. Between Genres and Against the Grain: Female Voices in Cult and
    Extreme Cinema
 4. The Role of Race and Ethnicity in Horror Remakes
 5. Representation as Weapons: Cult Cinema at Key Points of Historical
 6. Race Re-Framed: New Readings of Blaxploitation Cinema Cycles
 7. Inclusion in Excess: Using the Extreme Image in Educational and
    Pedagogic Practices
 8. Classic and Contemporary Images of Black American Horror
 9.  >From Diversity to Deviance: The Struggle for Sexual Identity in
    Marginal Film
10. Screening Diversity, Consent and Desire in Marginal Film and Digital
11. Coloniser, Colonised and Cult: Film Narratives and the Struggle for
12. Bodies as Battlegrounds:  LGBTQ+ Representations and Intimacies
13. Terrifying Outsiders: Migrant Traumas and Regional Conflicts in Cult
    Film Narratives
14. "Gypsies", Roma and Nomads: Cult Representations of Travellers and
    Traveller Communities
15. Dubbed but Highly Dangerous: The Political Reception of European
    Radical Film Texts
16. Transnational and Trash: Conflicted Notions of Nationhood in Pulp
17. Margins Within Margins: Black Trans-representation in Film
18. Disability, Diversity and Representation in Cult Cinema
19. Scoring the Resistance: Cult Soundtracks as Symbols of Rebellion
20. Screening Rights and the Battle for Embodiment: Trans and
    Non-Binary  Voices on Screen
21. Split: Framing Mental Health in Exploitation Cinema
22. Framing the Forgotten: Dispossessed UK Communities on Screen**
23. Bodies as Weapons: Classic and Contemporary Case-Studies of
    Subversive Cult Performers
24. Diverse Voices in Distribution: New Organisations and Patterns of
    Screen Disruption
25. Cult on Cults: Fictional Representations of Real Life Marginal
Since its inception in 2007, /Cine-Excess/ has developed a reputation as an inclusive and safe space in which to present new work around global cult film cultures. We welcome submissions from emerging and established scholars, activists, film makers and community groups.

Please send a 300-word abstract and a short (one page) C.V. by *Monday 21st September 2020 *to:

Professor Xavier Mendik

Director of the /Cine-Excess/ International Film Festival

Birmingham City University

(xavier.mendik /at/ <mailto:(xavier.mendik /at/>

Dr Gemma Commane

Co-Director of the /Cine-Excess/ International Film Festival

(gemma.commane /at/ <mailto:(gemma.commane /at/>

Jo Delyse-Packwood

Co-Director of the /Cine-Excess/ International Film Festival

(jo.delyse.packwood /at/ <mailto:(jo.delyse.packwood /at/>

A final listing of accepted presentations will be released on *Friday 25^th September 2020*.

Delegate fees for /Cine-Excess 14 /are £50/£25 (concessions) for attendance at the online/streamed version of the 2020 event. This includes entrance to all conference activities, related /Cine-Excess/ screenings and industry panels.  A selection of conference papers from the event are scheduled to be published in the /Cine-Excess /e-Journal.  For further information and regular updates on the event (including information on guests, keynotes and screenings) please visit <> .

* /Cine-Excess/ has and will continue to monitor the Covid 19 (coronavirus) outbreak, regularly reviewing the situation and taking necessary action. Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our attendees, delegates, staff, and everyone we work with. /Cine-Excess/ reserves the right to amend the conference and festival programme in the event of changes to Covid 19 restrictions and guidelines.

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