Liverpool Film Seminar

Liverpool Film Seminar – a series of talks

Fostering debate, promoting research and celebrating film

Every year, the Liverpool Film Seminar invites leading scholars to present their film studies research in a series of six talks. The series does not focus on a specific aspect of film. Instead, a range of genres, topics and approaches are celebrated, from Batman to Bardot, from historical reach to the internet’s impact on cinematic material.

Relaxed and informal, the Liverpool Film Seminar provides excellent networking opportunities. After each talk, attendees participate in a lively debate. This element of the series provides a forum for postgraduates, academics and researchers to exchange ideas with fellow experts. Boundaries are broken, ideas cross-fertilised and research promoted.

Typically held in the evenings, seminars are free to attend and held at either Liverpool John Moores University or the University of Liverpool. There is no need to book your place. Tea, coffee and other refreshments are provided. If you would like more information about the series, please contact Lydia Papadimitriou using the details below.


Liverpool Film Seminar is a collaboration between Liverpool Screen School at Liverpool John Moores University and the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Liverpool.

Upcoming seminars

Explore the links below to find out more about our upcoming seminars:

Past Liverpool Film Seminar events

Liverpool Film Seminar was established in 2010. From the tabs below you can find out about past talks, topics and speakers.

2019 - 2020




Professor Mattias Frey
(University of Kent)

Choosing Films and Series in the Age of Netflix: Recommender Systems and the Remediation of Taste

Monday 28 October

Professor Duncan Petrie
(University of York)

A changing visual landscape: British cinematography in the 1960s

Monday 18 November

Professor Erica Carter
(King's College, London) 

Locating Decolonisation: Kwame Nkrumah in Cold War Media Memory

Monday 2 December

Dr Glyn Davis
(University of Edinburgh)

Fragments of a Film: Sunil Gupta's London Gay Switchboard

Monday 24 February (unfortunately, due to a strike at the University of Liverpool this event did not take place)

Dr Elena Gorfinkel
(King's College)

Restless Nocturne: Cinemas on Insomnia

Monday 16 March
(unfortunately, due to health reasons this event has been cancelled)

Professor Mandy Merck
(Royal Holloway)

A Star is Born - Again

Monday 23 March
(unfortunately, due to the closure of face-to-face teaching/events this event has been cancelled)

2018 - 2019




Professor Chris Berry
(King's College London)

China's Rambo? Wolf Warrior 2 and Chinese Masculinity

Monday 26 November 2018

Professor Karen Boyle
(Strathclyde University)
Weinstein and the (cultural) value of abuse Monday 10 December 2018
Professor Birgit Beumers
(Aberystwyth University)
Integration or Isolation: Russia’s film industry in the European context Monday 28 January 2019 
Professor Janet Harbord
(Queen Mary, University of London) 
Greta Gerwig's Gestures: approaching Agamben's work on cinema Monday 11 February 2019 
Professor Simeon Yates
(University of Liverpool)
Modelling socio-cultural factors in film genre preferences: Empirically comparing Bourdieu, Bauman and Goldthorpe Monday 4 March 2019
Professor Jackie Stacey
(University of Manchester) 
A Paler Shade of White: Tilda Swinton, David Bowie and the Legibility of Whiteness Monday 25 March 2019 
Professor Gina Marchetti 
(University of Hong Kong) 
Citing China: Politics, Postmodernism and World Cinema Monday 1 April 2019 
Professor Peter Stanfield 
(University of Kent)
Folk Devils in Wardour Street: British Film, Music and Youth Cultures in Early Sixties Soho Monday 29 April 2019 

2017 - 2018




Professor Chris Holmlund
(University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

The Trouble with Female Trouble

Wednesday 4 October 2017

Professor Catherine Driscoll
(University of Sydney)

The Hunger Games: Spectacle, Risk and the Girl Action Hero

Monday 23 October 2017

Professor Dana Heller
(Old Dominion University, Virginia)
Ordinary Zombies: A Requiem for George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead
Monday 27 November 2017
Professor John Hill
(Royal Holloway, University of London)
How to Qualify as British: UK Film Policy and the Definition of 'Nationality'
Tuesday 12 December 2017
Professor Rosalind Galt
(King's College, London)
Pontianak trouble: gender and geopolitics in the Malay vampire film Tuesday 6 February 2018
Professor James Donald (University of New South Wales)
Native Land: Documentary, Modernism, Populism
Monday 26 February 2018
Professor Elizabeth Cowie
(University of Kent)
Horrible images: ethics, affect and the viewer
Monday 9 April 2018
Professor Justin Wyatt (University of Rhode Island)
Sofia Coppola's Commercial Aesthetic: Understanding the Role of Advertising in The Virgin Suicides
Monday 16 April 2018

2016 - 2017




Professor Rob Stone
(University of Birmingham)

Winging It: Richard Linklater's Boyhood (2015)

Monday 24 October 2016

Professor Kriss Ravetto
(University of California, Davis)

In Balkan: Mythopoetic cinema and the poetics of the body

Monday 21 November 2016

Professor Paul Grainge
(University of Nottingham)

Paratexts and the promotional imagination of on-demand viewing

Monday 5 December 2016

Professor Martin O'Shaughnessy
(Nottingham Trent)
Cinema and the machinic: the history of a failure?
Monday 30 January 2017

Professor Nuria Triana-Toribio (University of Kent)

Guilt, belatedly. Almodóvar in the 80s and the 80s in Almodóvar

Monday 6 March 2017

Professor Philippe Meers (University of Antwerp)

What’s new about ‘new cinema history’? Historical cinema cultures, exhibition and audiences in comparative perspective.

Monday 8 May 2017

2015 - 2016

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Professor Daniela Berghahn
(Royal Holloway, University of London)

Seeing Themselves Through Western Eyes? Diasporic Filmmakers as Purveyors of the Exotic

Monday 5 October 2015

Professor Thomas Elsaesser
(University of Amsterdam, Columbia University)

Double Occupancy and Self-Exoticism: Space-Time Warps of Transnational Cinema

Monday 16 November 2015

Professor Ewa Mazierska (University of Central Lancashire)

Creating the Canon of Polish Cinema

Monday 14 December 2016

Dr Mark Gallagher (University of Nottingham)

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai: Acting Sexy in Hong Kong and China

Monday 22 February 2016

Professor Philip Drake (Edge Hill University)

Independent film, critical media industry studies, and video-on-demand

Monday 14 March 2016

Gary Needham  (Nottingham Trent University)

Hustling Minimalism: Screen Performance in the Films Andy Warho

Monday 11 April 2016

Dr Ian Scott (University of Manchester)

Propaganda Wars, Projections of America and the Dismantling of the Office of War Information at the close of World War II

Monday 25 April 2016

Professor Michele Hilmes (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Co-Production and Conflict: Locating the Transnational in Television

Monday 16 May 2016

2014 - 2015

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Professor Richard Dyer (King's College)

The Shadow of M: Serial Killing and Nazism in Film

Monday 27 October 2014

Professor Sarah Street (University of Bristol)

Synthetic Dreams: Colour-Film-Music in the 1920s

Monday 24 November 2014

Professor Phil Powrie (University of Surrey)

Soundscapes of Loss: Songs in Contemporary French Cinema

Monday 1 December 2014

Professor James Donald (University of New South Wales)

Return of the Living Dead: Modernity, Monsters, and Technology

Monday 19 January 2015

Professor Will Brooker (Kingston University)

Batman: 75 Years as a Transmedia Text

Monday 9 February 2015

Professor Lucia Nagib (University of Reading)

The Politics of Slowness and the Traps of Modernity

Monday 23 February 2015

2013 - 2014

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Dr Deborah Shaw (University of Portsmouth)

The relationship between European funding bodies and Latin American filmmakers: new forms of dependence or new partnerships?

Monday 4 November 2013


Professor Frederick Wasser (City University of New York, Brooklyn College and Fullbright Bicentennial Scholar in American Studies, University of Helsinki)

Film History, Spielberg and Lincoln

Monday 9 December 2013


Professor Lucy Mazdon (University of Southampton)

French Cinema in Britain: Sex, Art and Cinephilia

Monday 27 January 2014


Professor Dina Iordanova (University of St Andrews)

Ephemeral Abundance: Film Culture between the Cyberlocker and the Festival

Monday 10 March 2014


Professor Laura Mulvey (Birkbeck College, University of London)

Hitchcock’s Blondes and Feminist Film Theory: a Cinema of Voyeurism or a Cinema of Self-reflexivity?

Monday 28 April 2014


Professor Jane Feuer (University of Pittsburgh, USA)

Theatricality and Quality Drama:  a Neglected Connection

Thursday 22 May 2014


2012 - 2013

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Professor Stella Bruzzi (University of Warwick)

Approximation: Documentary, History and the Staging of Reality

Monday 8 October 2012


Professor Tim Bergfelder (University of Southampton)

Whatever Happened to Popular European Cinema?

Monday 3 December 2012


Film screening

Screening of Poto and Cabengo (Jean-Pierre Gorin, 1980)

Monday 28 January 2013


Professor Carol Mavor (University of Manchester)

A Grimm Fairy Tale:
Feeling into Jean-Pierre Gorin's Poto and Cabengo (1980)

Monday 4 Feburary 2013


Professor Roberta Pearson (University of Nottingham)

Remembering Frank Sinatra: Celebrity Studies Meets Memory Studies

Monday 18 Feburary 2013


Professor Karen Lury (University of Glasgow)

Micro-history and the amateur film: From artefact to anecdote

Monday 15 April 2013


2011 - 2012

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Professor Robert Burgoyne (University of St Andrews)

Ethics and Politics of the Body in The Hurt Locker and Paradise Now

Monday 24 October 2011


Professor Hilary Radner (University of Otago)

Neo-Feminism and the Girly Film: Gender and Genre in Conglomerate Hollywood

Monday 7 November 2011


Peter Krämer (University of East Anglia)

The Politics of Independence: Jane Fonda, The China Syndrome and Anti-nuclear Campaigning

Monday 12 December 2011


Professor Ginette Vincendeau
(King's College, London)

Gamine, sex bomb, dumb blonde: Brigitte Bardot as comic star

Monday 23 January 2012


Professor Bill Osgerby (London Metropolitan University)

Your Town Could Be Their Killing Ground ...": Exploitation, “Otherness” and Transgression in the 1960s Biker Movie

Monday 13 February 2012


Dr Frank Krutnik  (University of Sussex)

Killers on the Kilocycles: Radio Noir and the Movie Adaptation Series

Monday 19 March 2012


Pamela Church-Gibson (London College of Fashion)

Cinema in Peril: Stardom, Celebrity Culture and Luxury Brands

Monday 30 April 2012


2010 - 2011

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Dr Warren Buckland (Oxford Brookes University)

Understanding David Lynch’s Inland Empire

Monday 15 November 2010

Professor Robert C. Allen (University of North Carolina)

Cinema Archaeology: Excavating Spaces, Reclaiming Experience

Tuesday 14 December 2010


Professor Paul McDonald (University of Portsmouth)

Hollywood, Post-studio Stardom, and ”The Will Smith Business

Monday 31 January 2011

Professor Sean Cubitt (University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art)

Order, coherence, codecs and vectors: Time in the moving image

Monday 11 April 2011


Professor Yvonne Tasker (University of East Anglia)

A Provocative Presence: Military women in film and visual culture

Monday 9 May 2011



Liverpool Film Seminar occasionally hosts seminars. For example, in 2014 we hosted TV is the New Cinema: Exploring the Erosion of Boundaries between the Two Media. The keynote speaker was Professor Jane Feuer (University of Pittsburgh) and eight other academics also took part.

Check back here for details about future symposiums.

Getting here

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Liverpool Film Seminar is run by Lydia Papadimitriou from Liverpool John Moores University and Yannis Tzioumakis from the University of Liverpool.

Contact us

Get in touch

If you’d like more information, please get in touch with Lydia Papadimitriou using the contact details below. Alternatively, you can contact Yannis Tzioumakis from the University of Liverpool.


Call: 0151 231 4858


Redmonds Building
Liverpool Screen School
Brownlow Hill
L3 5UG