Selected Conference Papers:
“‘Drag, Die, Repeat': Queer Horror Performativity in American Horror Story”, at Screening the Unreal, University of Brighton, 4th July 2018.
“‘Angry Young Zombies and Spectral Queers’: Pride, Shame and the Performative in Queer Horror TV.” at Queer Screens Conference, Northumbria University, 2-3 September, 2017, Newcastle Upon Tyne. The Institute of the Humanities and The Gendered Subjects Research Group at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne
"Revolting Queers: The Southern Gothic in Queer Horror Film and Television", Studying the South: Approaches and Orientations, Southern Studies in the UK Network, University of Hertfordshire, August 2017 http://www.ssukn.com/2017-colloquium/
‘Backwoods Queers and Angry Young Zombies: Pride and Shame in Queer Rural Horror’, Film and History 2016, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, October 2016.
“Queer-Wolves and Wolf-Boyz and Were-Bears: Oh My!” Queering the Wolf in Gaysploitation Horror”, Open Graves, Open Minds: The Company of Wolves (University of Hertfordshire, September 2015
‘Backwoods Queers and Angry Young Zombies: Rural Horror in Queer Film and Television’, Cine Excess VIII International Cult Film Conference and Festival (University of Brighton, Nov 2014)
‘The Gay Zombie as a Liminal Outlaw’ at Betwixt and Between: An Interdisciplinary Conference Exploring the Liminal through the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (SSARHI, University of Hertfordshire, November 2014)
‘Queering Carrie: Erotic and Monstrous Appropriations’. American Comparative Literature Association Conference 2013 (University of Toronto, Canada, April 2013)
‘Queer Poe-nography’: Gay Shame and Gothic Layering in David DeCoteau’s Edgar Allen Poe Cycle. Cine Excess V International Film Conference and Festival (Brunel University, 2012)
“‘Be Me a Little’: Castrating the Queer from Let the Right One In “Cine Excess IV: Corporeal Excess, Cult Bodies (Brunel University, 2011)
‘Death is the New Pornography: Gay Zombies & Hypermasculine Cannibalism in Bruce LaBruce’s Otto; or Up With Dead People and Queer Horror’ paper was delivered at multiple conferences including: Cine Excess III: (Brunel University, 2009); 7thInterdisciplinary Conference on Monsters and Monstrosity (Mansfield College, Oxford University 2010); Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture (University of Hertfordshire, 2010)
‘Gaysploitation Horror Film: Devil Daddies and Final Boyz’ delivered at multiple conferences: New Nightmares: Issues and Themes in Contemporary Horror Film/Cinema (Manchester Metropolitan University 2008); Cine Excess II (Brunel University 2009); MECCSA Queer Screen Cultures Symposium (University of Nottingham 2009)
‘Queering Carrie: Appropriations of a Feminist/Misogynist Horror Icon’ delivered at multiple conferences: Cine Excess: International Conference on Global Cult Film Traditions; (Brunel University, 2007) / Cultural Borrowings: Appropriation, Reworkings and Transformation (University of Nottingham, 2008)
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Invited Papers, Keynotes and Panels:
Introduction to Carrie and opening paper for Leicester LGBT+ Film Series: Carrie and Queer Horror, The series is organised and ran Birmingham City University with a number of other collaborators, which include: the Leicester LGBT Centre, the Birmingham School of Media, CATH (Cinema and TV History - DMU), and the University of Leicester. 13 October 2017.
Interview online on Film Festivals and the future of VR and online Film Festivals: https://youtu.be/D3Hv7xlE-2Y
2016 Roundtable panel, discussion ‘The Golden Age of TV Horror’, Cine Excess X, Birmingham City University November 2016. Panel with Dr Stacey Abbott (Reader in Film and Television Studies) and Dr Lorna Jowett (Reader in Film and TV, University of Northampton).
2016 Keynote/Q&A discussion - Intro to The Haunting at Queer Horror, Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF), Glasgow, Centre for Contemporary Arts, October 2016.
“Japanese Art Horror: Retro Kitsch and Genre Queerness in Nobuhiko Obayashi’s ‘Hausu’ (1977)”
‘An unforgettable mixture of bubblegum teen melodrama and grisly phantasmagoria’, Hausu is a true masterpiece of surrealist Japanese cinema. Darren Elliott-Smith will introduce this rarely screened film illustrating how elements of Japanese supernatural folklore traditions are appropriated in this generic hybrid of horror, musical, animation and melodrama and is re-presented as kitsch fantasy that is ripe for counter-cultural identification. Presented 2013 at the University of Hertfordshire, part of the Critical Dialogue series with UH Galleries.
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