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Gothic, Ghastly, Corporeal and Creaturely: Tim Burton’s Curious Bodies

deadline for submissions:
December 8, 2017

full name / name of organization:
Fran Pheasant-Kelly/University of Wolverhampton

contact email:

Call for Papers

The First International Conference on Twenty-First Century Film Directors

University of Wolverhampton in collaboration with Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton and Redeemer University College, Ontario presents

Gothic, Ghastly, Corporeal and Creaturely: Tim Burton’s Curious Bodies

Thursday 15th February 2018 at Light House Media Centre*, Wolverhampton

Keynote: Professor Adam Barkman, Redeemer University College, Ontario

Film director Tim Burton has acquired an international reputation and critical acclaim for fantasy horror films that variously encompass alternative worlds inhabited by ghosts, animated corpses, grotesque and horrible bodies, or otherwise, ‘different’ beings. So too do creaturely apparitions feature regularly in his productions. While his work often centres on animated characters, he collaborates with a number of specific star personae such as Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Christopher Lee, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price, Christopher Walken, Danny de Vito, Michael Keaton, and Jack Nicholson. Burton also frequently uses composer, Danny Elfman, as well as certain crew members and technical staff to work on his films. This one-day conference seeks to draw together scholarship on the theme of ‘bodies’ in Burton’s films and invites proposals accordingly. We particularly welcome contributions focusing on:

§ Collaborative bodies – stars, actors, composers, and crew members/technical staff

§ Grotesque and vile bodies

§ Gothic bodies

§ Animated bodies

§ Compromised and anomalous bodies, and ‘freak-show’ aesthetics

§ Creaturely bodies

§ Abject and corporeal beings

§ Bodies between worlds

§ Spectacular bodies

Please send a 300-word abstract along with a 100 word bio by Friday 8th December 2017 to: Fran Pheasant-Kelly, University of Wolverhampton . A final listing of accepted presentations will be released on 15th December 2017.

Delegate fees for Burton’s Curious Bodies are £50 and £20 for students/concessions to include lunch, refreshments, and evening wine reception and screening of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016).

* Light House Media Centre is the Black Country’s only independent cinema, housing two screens, galleries and a café bar within the iconic Victorian architecture of The Chubb Buildings.