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Queer Fears: A Symposium on Queer Horror Film and TV

So its finally here - this week sees the launch of the Queer Fears network and the one day symposium celebrating all things Queer Horror at The Odyssey Cinema, courtesy of support from BAFTSS and the University of Hertfordshire. See below for the overview of the panels/papers and film screening of the day.


10.15 - 11.45 pm Panel 1: In and Out of the Closet

(Chair: Darren Elliott-Smith, University of Herts)

Chris Lloyd (University of Hertfordshire) – American Horror Story – Queer Fears in the USA.

Tim Stafford (Independent Scholar) – All’s Queer in Love and War-lock: The Problematic Queer Space in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina The Teenage Witch.

Ben Wheeler (University of Hertfordshire) Losing Boys, Falling Down, Gaining Nipples: The Queer Fears of Joel Schumacher.

12.00 - 1.30 pm Panel 2: Queer Performative Horror - (Chair: Laura Mee, University of Hertfordshire)

Valeria Lindvall (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) – Dragula and Queer Performance.

Daniel Sheppard (University of East Anglia) – The Babadook and New Realisations of the Monster Queer.

Lexi Turner (Cornell University) – The Dance of An Other – Queer Dance as Ritual inSuspiria and Climax.

1.30 - 2.15 pm

Lunch and Refreshments (Cinema Foyer Downstairs)

2.15 - 3.45 pm Panel 3: Consuming Queerness and Other Gross Tales... (Chair: Christopher Lloyd, University of Hertfordshire)

Robyn Ollett (University of Teeside) - What do you eat? Queering the Cannibal in Ducourneau’s RAW.

Eddie Falvey (University of Exeter) - Conspicuous Corporeality - Monstrousness as Queer in Ducourneau’s RAW.

Laura Mee (University of Hertfordshire) - Sick Girls, Bloodhound Bitches, Feral Females and Weirdos: Queer Women in the films of Lucky McKee

3.45 – 4.00 pm

Coffee Break

4.00 - 5.30 pm Panel 4: Frightfully Problematic Queerness (Chair: Agustín Rico-Albero, University of Hertfordshire)

Siobhan O’Reilly (University of Hertfordshire) - Queer Horror and Transphobia.

Christopher Clark (University of East Anglia) - Exploring the Abyss: The Child-figure and monstrous sexuality in Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin.

Sam Tabet (University of Strathclyde) - Homonormative destruction: Anxiety, Pleasure and the Failure of Same-Sex marriage in Queer Slasher: What Keeps You Alive (2018).

5.30 - 6.15 pm Keynote - Dr Darren Elliott-Smith (University of Herts) –‘Unbury Your Gays’: Queer Zombies, Mental Illness and Assimilation Anxieties in Contemporary Film and TV.

6.15 pm 7.30 Wine Reception (Cinema Foyer Downstairs)

7.30pm - Film Screening

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (Jack Sholder, 1985) with introduction.

We are delighted to have been also supported by the star of NOES2: Freddy’s Revenge, Mark Patton, and the new documentary made all about his experience of being involved in the controversial film, Scream Queen ! My Nightmare on Elm St which is currently touring film festivals in the USA.

Booking and registration can be found here.

Darren Elliott-Smith