Current Thinking on the Western workshop

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'Current Thinking on the Western' workshop

18 June 2014 

Location: the Leeds Humanities Research Institute, University of Leeds

Programme Schedule

8:30 – 9:10 am

Registration: Marco Brunello 

9:10 – 9:20 am

Welcome: Lee Broughton 

9:20 – 9:50 am

Keynote talk:

Professor Edward Buscombe: 'Westerns Today: the Same Difference?'

9:50 – 11:20 am

Panel 1. Political readings of the Western:

Stephanie Fuller (University of East Anglia): '"Filmed entirely in Mexico": Crossing the US-Mexico border in 1950s American westerns'

Nick Redfern (Leeds Trinity University): 'The Transformation of the Western in the early Cold War'

Jennifer Smyth (University of Warwick): 'Genre Cleansing and the Body of the Cold Warrior in High Noon (1952)'

11:20 – 11:45 am


11:45 – 1:15 pm

Panel 2. The Western beyond the USA:

Lee Broughton (University of Leeds): 'Working towards a geographical understanding of the moral counterpoints found in Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)'

Thomas Klein (University of Hamburg): 'Cultural/Generic Hybridity and the Western: Tears of the Black Tiger'

Geoff Mann (University of Kent): 'They Went Thataway? The Strange Case of the Missing Westerns in 1930s British Cinema'

1:15 – 2:15 pm


2:15 – 2:30 pm

Short film screening: Black Bill Logan* 

(*with thanks to David Shepard and Bill Shaffer) 

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Panel 3. Western actors and historical icons:

Jenny Barrett (Edge Hill University): 'Timothy Olyphant: A Post-modern Post-Eastwood in Deadwood and Justified'

John White (Anglia Ruskin University): 'Contemporary captivation with the twin absorptions of the inexplicable nature of evil and celebrity status as expressed in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward, Robert Ford'

3:30 – 3:55 pm


3:55 – 4:55 pm

Panel 4. New theoretical approaches to the Western:

Pete Falconer (University of Bristol): 'The rhetoric of genre in the "afterlife" of the Western'

Timothy Hughes (Royal Holloway, University of London): '"The Unheightened Moment": Kelly Reichardt's Meek's Cutoff (2011) and the Ontological Project of the Experimental Western'

4:55 – 5:30 pm

Closing remarks and discussion

The workshop was convened by Dr Lee Broughton. The workshop was kindly supported by the Leverhulme Trust, the Film and Visual Culture Research Group and the Leeds Humanities Research Institute. 

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