[csaa-forum] extended CFP for: B for Bad Cinema

Dimitris Vardoulakis dva at unimelb.edu.au
Tue Nov 11 07:55:52 CST 2008

*B for BAD Cinema: Aesthetics, Politics and Cultural Value*

Inaugural Centre for Film and Television Studies Conference, Monash 
University, Melbourne, April 15--17, 2009

Over the past decade, paracinema -- a movement that has grown up around 
sleazy, excessive, or poorly executed B-movies -- has seen a 
counter-cultural valorisation of all forms of cinematic trash or 
'badfilm.' In many internet and print sources devoted to the celebration 
of paracinema, the term B-movie has (in contrast to its earlier 
studio-era sense) come to mean almost anything: disreputable and 
unworthy movies, low-budget exploitation movies, straight to TV or video 
movies, and even big-budget studio movies. B for BAD cinema seeks to 
negotiate some of the (aesthetic and moral) values and judgments 
inscribed in a B-movie culture in which films are deemed to be 
good-because-bad or bad-because-good. B for BAD cinema invites 
international film scholars, critics and filmmakers to present their 
thoughts on badfilm, with a particular focus on the following themes:

   1. Cultural value and theory
   2. Bad feeling and affect
   3. Aesthetic value and bad art
   4. Cultural morals and politics
   5. Bad film theory and criticism

Plenary speakers include:

    * Elisabeth Bronfen
    * J. Hoberman
    * Adrian Martin
    * Ernest Mathijs
    * Murray Pomerance
    * Jeffrey Sconce

The Conference Conveners will accept proposals for individual papers or 
three-speaker panel sessions until *November 14 2008*.
Abstracts of no more than 250-words and a 100-word biography should be 
sent to Con Ververis: Con.Verevis at arts.monash.edu.au

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