Modern horror cinema has undergone countless trends and cycles since the new millennium, leaving aficionados occasionally challenged when asked to define or even categorize current films. This weekend, collegiate scholars address numerous questions about the current state of the horror genre, its evolution in the past 15 or so years, and how fear has been redefined in the modern age of cinema. “Contemporary Horrors: Destabilizing a Cinematic Genre” is a free horror conference Friday, April 25th and Saturday, April 26th, at the University of Chicago.
The conference includes various speakers discussing a plethora of fascinating topics about current horror, as well as a 35mm screening of Marina de Van's 2002 French body horror film, In My Skin (Dans ma peau) on Friday evening!
- Conference begins at 3:00pm.
- 3:15pm-4:45pm Panel 1 - Extreme/Marginalized Bodies in Contemporary Horror; Love Yourself: The Erotics of Self-Mutilation in Marina de Van's Dans ma peau (2002); Horror, The Queer, and The Abject in Dead Birds; Keep Doubting: Victims and Visionaries in Pascale Laugier's Martyrs
- 5:00pm - Adam Lowenstein's keynote speech - Feminine Horror: The Embodied Surrealism of In My Skin/Dans ma peau
- 6:00pm - Dinner reception
- 7:00pm - In My Skin 35mm screening
- 8:00am - Coffee and pastries
- 8:30am-10:00am Panel 2 - Subjectivity, POV, and Found Footage; “No Violence, No Gore, No Blood” - The Adoption of Realist Aesthetics in the Contemporary Horror Film; Baring the Apparatus, or, Unpacking the Handheld and Surveillant Modes of Modern Horror; The Act of Seeing with a Slasher's Eyes: Point-of-View Horror and the Case of Maniac
- 10:15am-12:00pm Panel 3 - Production and Spectatorship in a Digital Era; Independence or Death: The Evolving Fan Discourse Around Indie Horror; Digital Psycho; A Decade of Decay: Industry, Ideology, and the Growth of the Irish Horror Film; Towards Identifying a Horror Genre in Nollywood
- 12:00pm-1:30pm - Lunch
- 1:30pm-3:15pm Panel 4 - Adaptations, Appropriations and Re-Imaginings; “They're All Gonna Laugh at You!”: Gender and Seriousness in the Remade Carrie and Her Revived Musical Twin; S is for Sensation: The Revisionist Gialli of Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani; Undressing the Devil: Adaptation of Chinese Horror Literature in the Age of Transnational Cinema; Turning Japanese, or, How to Mediatize Thai Horror
- 3:30pm-5:00pm Panel 5 - Monsters and Demonization; “People from the East Are Strange”: The Demonization of Rural Life in Turkish Islamic Horror Film; Hoodie Horrors: The Social Abject, Revolting Aesthetics and Horrorizing the Real in the New British Urban Horror; Iconophobia in the Digital Age: Senescence, Digitization, and the Cinematic Apparatus in Scott Derrickson's Sinister (2012)
- 5:15pm-6:00pm - Closing Discussion moderated by Adam Hart with Adam Lowenstein, Jay McRoy, and Tom Gunning.
Full schedule and list of speakers on conference website HERE. For more info, contact the Film Studies Center at 773-702-8596.
Events at the Film Studies Center, University of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts, Room 201, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637 are FREE to the public. Best to arrive at least 30 minutes early to snag a seat.
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