Schedule: Friday 9th of May
09:30 - 10:00 - Registration
10:00 - 10:15 - Welcome address from Professor James Crabbe, Dean of the Faculty of CATS, University of Bedfordshire.
10:15 - 11:45 - Panel A: Reappraising genre histories
Chair: Dr Gavin Stewart (University of Bedfordshire); speakers: Dr Russ Hunter (Northumbria University), Andreas Ehrenreich (University of Mannheim), Dr Mark Duffett (University of Chester).
11:45 - 12:00 - Coffee break
12:00 - 13:30 - Panel B: Transnational routes of influence
Chair: Dr Neil Jackson (University of Lincoln); speakers: Dr Leon Hunt (Brunel University), Dr Iain Smith (University of Roehampton), Dr Johnny Walker (Northumbria University).
13:30 - 14:30 - Lunch
14:30 - 16:30 - Panel C: Italian horror’s distribution tails
Chair: Dr Paul Rowinski (University of Bedfordshire); speakers: Mark McKenna (University of Sunderland), Lewis Howse (De Montfort University), Michela Paoletti (University of Bologna), Dr Stefano Baschiera (Queens University, Belfast).
16:30 - 16:45 - Coffee break
16:45 - 17:45- Keynote lecture
Professor Peter Hutchings (Northumbria University): ‘Before Inferno: Early Argento, Late Bava and the Pre-Cult History of Italian Horror Cinema’.
18:00 - 19:30 - Film Screening: Phenomena (Dario Argento, 1985)
20:00 - 22:00 - Conference Dinner (Red Chilli Restaurant, Luton)
Schedule: Saturday 10th of May
9:30 - 10:00 - Registration
10:00 - 11:30 - Panel D: The Politics of Perverse Desire in Italian neo-Gothic Cinema
Chair: Dr. Austin Fisher (University of Bedfordshire); speakers: Andreas Charalambous (Anglia Ruskin University), Professor Colin Gardner (University of California, Santa Barbara), Professor Patricia MacCormack (Anglia Ruskin University).
11:30 - 11:45 - Coffee break
11:45 - 13:15 - Panel E: Stylising violence
Chair: Neil Fox (Falmouth University); speakers: Anthony Page (University of Hertfordshire), Dr Calum Waddell (University of Aberdeen), Shelley O’Brien (Sheffield Hallam University).
13:15 - 14:15 - Lunch
14:15 - 19:30 - Industry Panel / Film Screenings (The Beyond / Last Cannibal World) / Q&A
Chair: Dr Calum Waddell; Ruggero Deodato, Luigi Cozzi, Me Me Lai, Catriona MacColl
Spaghetti Cinema is an annual celebration of the weird and wonderful world of Italian genre cinema.
This year, the focus is on Italy’s horror films, bringing together leading international scholars and our special industry guests: famed horror director Ruggero Deodato (Last Cannibal World, Cannibal Holocaust) and Luigi Cozzi (Contamination, The Killer Must Kill Again), along with cult horror icons Me Me Lai (Last Cannibal World, Eaten Alive!) and Catriona MacColl (City of the Living Dead, The Beyond).
Come along to meet our industry guests, watch their films and hear our keynote speaker: world renowned horror scholar Professor Peter Hutchings (Northumbria University).
Friday 9th May
Conference talks, including Professor Hutchings’ keynote talk “Beyond Inferno: Early Argento, Late Bava and Pre-Cult History of Italian Horror Cinema”.
Saturday 10th May
Conference talks, plus Q&A and screenings with our special industry guests.
Postgraduate Centre at Luton Campus, University of Bedfordshire, Luton LU1 3JU.
Event is free for UoB students and staff.