Current Thinking on the Western III conference

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Current Thinking on the Western III

Pre-Conference Event

‘Revisiting Cult Westerns II’ research seminar

Monday June 13th 2016

Venue: John Stanley Bell Lecture Theatre, University of Bradford

16:00 – 18:00

Ulrich Bruckner (Explosive Media, Germany): Rediscovering, Restoring and Re-releasing Cult Westerns in the Digital Age 

Peter Hanley (Institute of Molecular Cell Biology, Germany): A scientist's approach to documenting Sergio Leone's ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, a Western set during the Civil War

Jeremy Wooding (filmmaker): Blood Moon’: Making a Western in the Wild South East of England

Current Thinking on the Western III

Day 1: Tuesday June 14th 2016 

Venue: John Stanley Bell Lecture Theatre, University of Bradford

9:00 – 9:30 Registration

9:30 – 9:40 Welcome and Introductions: Lee Broughton

9:40 – 10:35 Panel 1: The Neo-Western 1

James Shelton (Oxford Brookes University): “We Dug Coal Together”: the Complexity of Antagonism within Justified

Esther Wright (University of Warwick): The ‘myth’ and ‘reality of the Old West’: Rockstar Games and Western Authenticity

10:35 – 11:30 Panel 2: The Global Western 

Ivo Ritzer (University of Bayreuth, Germany): “Run, White Boy, Run!”: Third-World Allegory and the South African Western

Sonja Simonyi (New York University, USA): Spaghetti, Goulash and Polenta: Tracing the Influence of the Italian Westerns in Socialist Era Eastern European Frontier Films

11.30 – 12:00 Tea/Coffee Break

12:00 – 12:55 Panel 3: The Neo-Western 2

David Maguire (University of Bradford): Wanted Undead or Alive: George A. Romero’s Zombie Films as Neo-Westerns

Matthew Melia (Kingston University): All at sea: Relocating the Western in Spielberg's Jaws 

12:55 – 13:55 Lunch

13:55 – 14:55 Keynote

Sir Christopher Frayling (Professor Emeritus of Cultural History, Royal College of Art): Zapata-Spaghetti: Reflections on the Italian Western and the Mexican Revolution

14:55 – 15:50 Panel 4: The Classical American Western 

Geoff Mann (University of Kent): Roy Rogers’ Trigger Finger and the American Civil War

John White (Anglia Ruskin University): Trying to Ameliorate the System from Within: Delmer Daves’s Westerns from the 1950s

15:50 – 16:15 Tea/Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:30 Panel 5: Shooting Locations and Notions of Space

Ulrich Bruckner (Explosive Media, Germany): European Western Movie Locations Then and Now

Marco Brunello (Brunez Comics): The Perception of Space from Orlando Furioso to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Peter Hanley (Institute of Molecular Cell Biology, Germany): The Shooting Locations of Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Evening event

18:45 50th anniversary celebration and screening of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) – (venue: National Media Museum)

18:45 – 19:15 Roundtable and Q&A: Sir Christopher Frayling, Alex Cox, Ulrich Bruckner and Jeremy Wooding

19:15 – 19:30 An introduction to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly by Sir Christopher Frayling

Day 2: Wednesday June 15th 2016

Venue: Cubby Broccoli Cinema, National Media Museum

9:30 – 10:20 Panel 6: The South and South of the Border

Paul Kerr (Middlesex University): "A good idea at the time": Authorship and/or zeitgeist, the making of The Magnificent Seven

Pete Falconer (University of Bristol): The Old West and the Dirty South

10:20 – 11:20 Keynote: Alex Cox (filmmaker, professor and author of 10,000 Ways to Die: A Director’s Take on the Spaghetti Western (2009), University of Colorado): Will the Wolf Survive?

11:20 – 11:50 Tea/Coffee Break

11:50 – 13:05 Panel 7: Westerns, Race and Exploitation Films

Mark Goodall (University of Bradford): The Spaghetti Western Aesthetic in the Italian Mondo Film

Lee Broughton (University of Leeds): Rethinking the Representation of Gender and Race in American Exploitation Westerns from the 1960s

Thomas Moodie (University College London): Racial Politics in Quentin Tarantino’s Satirical Westerns

13:05 – 14:05 Lunch

14:05 – 14:55 Panel 8: Contemporary Westerns/Contemporary Concerns

Jenny Barrett (Edge Hill University): A Lonely, Lonely Man: the Immigrant in the Contemporary Western

Jack Weatherston (Northumbria University): Environmental Crisis and Masculine Insecurity in the Contemporary Western

14:55 – 15:25 Tea/Coffee Break

15:25 – 16:15 Panel 9: Horror and Sci-Fi Westerns

Jeremy Wooding (filmmaker): 'Blood Moon': A British Horror Western

16:15 – 16:30 Final remarks

The conference was convened by Dr Lee Broughton in collaboration with Dr Mark Goodall (University of Bradford) and the National Media Museum, Bradford. The conference was kindly supported by the Leverhulme Trust. 

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