CALL FOR PAPERS
CINEMA AND ANTIQUITY: 2000-2011
The First J.P. Postgate Colloquium, University of Liverpool
12-14 July 2011
Monica Cyrino, Pantelis Michelakis, Jon Solomon, Martin Winkler (tbc), Maria Wyke
The resurgence of cinema's interest in antiquity that was triggered by
the release of Gladiator in 2000 shows no signs of abating. In 2010
alone, five ancient world films are appearing on our screens (Percy
Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief; Clash of the Titans;
Agora; Centurion; Eagle of the Ninth; not to mention the TV series
Spartacus: Blood and Sand). The public appetite for films that deal with
ancient history and mythology apparently remains strong, and 'classics
and film' courses have established themselves in universities worldwide,
leading the way in the increasing prominence of reception studies
within classics and ancient history. The time is ripe for reflection on
these developments. This major international conference seeks to explore
the directions that have been taken in a decade of moviemaking and
scholarship, and to advance the field by concentrating on issues too
often overlooked. We invite papers on all aspects of ancient world films
released between 2000 and the present, but would particularly encourage
engagement with any of the following areas:
Ø The filmmaking process, including film design, editing, cinematography, music.
Ø Marketing and publicity.
Ø Assessing audience receptions.
Ø Actors and stars.
Ø Television and the ancient world, including documentaries.
Ø Animation in film and television.
Ø Future directions in 'classics and film' scholarship.
We now invite proposals for 20 minute papers. Please send a 300 word
abstract to the conference organisers, Joanna Paul (<mailto:Joanna.Paul@liv.ac.uk
) and Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (<mailto:L.Llewellyn-Jones@ed.ac.uk
). Abstracts must be received no later than 31 December 2010.
More details will appear on the conference website, a href="http://sace.liv.ac.uk/cinemaantiquity" target="_blank">http://sace.liv.ac.uk/cinemaantiquity>http://sace.liv.ac.uk/cinemaantiquity
, in due course.