Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Cult of Unyil, Next Week at FTM's Study Day

The Film, Television and Media Studies department at University of East Anglia is holding a Study Day on the topic of children's media culture. The event takes place Wednesday, the 6th of November, 9am-5pm. Full details below.

If you have any questions, please e-mail one of the organisers: Filipa Antunes (, Alec Plowman ( and Martin Tease (

Kid Culture:

Thinking Differently About Children’s Media

UEA School of Film, Television and Media Study Day

Lecture Theatre 1, Wednesday 6th November 2013, 9am - 5pm

Twitter: @KidCultureUEA #KidCultureUEA

Panel 1: 9am to 10.30am

Watching Children’s Media

Melanie Williams

Children’s Media, Adult Viewers: A study of Mumsnet and Netmums responses to

CBeebies’ Mr Bloom’s Nursery

Peter Kramer

“’A film specially suitable for children’:

The Marketing and Reception of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)”

Phyll Smith

Storm Over Children’s Film Shows:

The British Serial scandal and the children’s film movement

Break: 10.30am to 11am

Panel 2: 11am to 12.30pm

Images and Representations

Sarah Godfrey and Su Holmes

Debating the ‘family’ on CBeebies

Filipa Antunes

“Children Beware - You’re In For A Scare!”

Goosebumps and the horrors of puberty

Matt Selway

Re-evaluating Discourses on Children’s Exposure to Mental Illness on Television

Lunch Break: 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Panel 3: 1.30pm to 3pm

Children Using Media

Helena Dare-Edwards

Convergence Culture, Tween Girls and Nickelodeon

Melanie Kennedy

‘Keeping it Real’:

Narratives of Celebrity in Tween Popular Culture

Adam Scales

“Going Back to Summer Camp”:

Growing Up Gay, with Horror

Break: 3pm to 3.30pm

Panel 4: 3.30pm to 5pm

Playing With Pop Culture

Ekky Imanjaya

The Cult of Si Unyil:

From Children’s TV Puppet Show to Pop Culture Icon

Alec Plowman

“They don’t have nightmares because they’re just pieces of plastic”

Adapting Aliens for a Children’s Toy Line

Patrick Bingham

Re-Gendered Toys:

Tamagotchi and the Move towards Femaleness

Monday, October 28, 2013

Next Destination: Fan Studies Network Symposium 2013 at UEA

In Fan Studies Network Symposium 2013 at University of East Anglia (UEA) next month, my paper will be in the "Transculture" panel with 3 other scholars. Here's the full schedule and abstracts:

I will present a paper titled ‘Rediscovering “Crazy Indonesia”: Classic Indonesian Exploitation Cinema according to 2000s Western Cult Fans’

Time to start panic?


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Studentship in Film, Television, and Media at University of East Anglia

The School of Film, Television and Media Studies at the University of East Anglia is inviting applications to our PhD programme. The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UEA is a member of CHASE (with Sussex, Kent, Goldsmiths, Essex, The Courtauld and the Open University), a consortium that was recently awarded an AHRC Block Grant Partnership, which provides a series of studentships that are supplemented by other studentships funded by the School and the Faculty. 

Applicants applying to work in Film, Television and Media Studies (FTM) at UEA will compete for these studentships with applicants to other schools and other members of the consortium, but applicants to FTM have had a strong track record in winning earlier studentship competitions.

For UK students, these awards cover both fees and maintenance and for EU residents awards are on a fees only basis.

If you are interested in applying for a PhD in Film, Television and Media Studies at UEA, please contact the School’s Director of Postgraduate Research Su Holmes ( who will help guide you through the process.

You may also wish to consult our list of staff and their research interests for guidance on possible supervisory expertise:

Those interested in MA applications should contact Peter Kramer, the Leader of Postgraduate Taught Programmes ( in the first instance.

The deadline for applications (including all supporting information such as references, etc) is 31 January, 2014, so it is important that prospective applicants contact the School as a matter of urgency to start the application process.
 More information and details of how to apply can be found at: (for MA applications) (for PhD applications)

Alternatively, please contact the UEA Humanities Graduate<>

Professor Mark Jancovich
 Associate Dean for Research, HUM
 Film, Television and Media Studies
 University of East Anglia
 Norwich NR4 7TJ
 Tel: 01603 592787

CFP: Metal and Marginalisation: Gender, Race, Class and Other Implications for Hard Rock and Metal

 Centre for Women’s Studies and the International Society of Metal Music Scholars present:

Metal and Marginalisation: Gender, Race, Class and Other Implications for Hard Rock and Metal

University of York, UK, 11th April 2014

Since the rising dawn of metallectualism, heavy metal scholars have acknowledged metal’s capacity to creatively explore forms of individualism, alterity and otherness. Further, metal frequently casts itself as a marginalised group in mainstream society, with fans and musicians often reveling in their outsider status which is reinforced by references to non-conforming traits (Satanism, for example). As self-proclaimed outsiders, a rhetoric of inclusion is frequently mobilised to establish an oppositional relationship against the ‘nasty’ and exclusionary mainstream. Yet, despite the significance of metal’s discursive construction as an inclusive space outside of the mainstream, the symbolic boundaries of metal are strictly policed. With the assertion of the labels ‘kvlt’ and ‘trve’ defining an authentic embodiment of black metal’s otherness, heavy metal’s borders are performatively marked and reified in its categorising terminology; in behavioural norms; through social relation and the organisation of scenic spaces. This contributes towards the establishment of a dominant framework of a classed/ gendered/sexualised/racialised identity, marking belonging to the ‘imaginary community’ of metal. Furthermore, postulations of metal as an ‘all-encompassing’ community would seem to be belied in the UK by the overwhelming whiteness, maleness and straightness of its participants, both on and off the stage.

This one day symposium seeks to address the spaces ‘in-between’ (Bhabha, 2004) metal’s boundaries of identification, exploring how metal does or does not accommodate groups that are marginsalised within its own community - the individuals negotiating metal’s edges: women; LGBTQ; ethnic minorities and others who do not fit the metal bill. Exploring the ‘cultural liminality’ (ibid) of metal, we want to examine how metal’s reliance on concepts of otherness often unites it aesthetically and ideologically, yet the alterity of minority discourses within metal appear to challenge its totality and solidity. We want to question how much space metal creates for alternative forms of alterity or otherness, furthermore, how the ideal of individualism plays out in symbolic practices that differentiate and mark the limits of community.

Further provocations may include:
         •       What does it mean to exist on the edges of what is already exterior?
         •       What does it mean to hold a minority identity in the space of metal?
         •       Does the narrative of metal’s inclusivity have a basis in lived experience? Or are such groups tolerated rather than included?
         •       How does the language used in metal’s discourses (e.g. genre terms) construct frameworks that include or exclude?
         •       Encounters with racism at metal events
         •       How does metal contribute to or confront frameworks of racialisation?
         •       The use of sexism, racism and/or homophobia as shock tactic
         •       How does extremity promote cultures of inclusivity or marginalisation?
         •       Structural hegemonic whiteness, maleness and heterosexuality
         •       Can the struggles at the margins be attributed more positively to understanding metal as an agonistic site, with contestation at its core?
         •       Discourses of metal vs. the mainstream: a positive identification of marginalisation, the importance of alterity and the passion with which individual’s seek to position metal as alternative to the mainstream.
         •       Being ‘trve’, belonging and the exchange of cultural/symbolic capital in metal scenes.
         •       Metal as marginal - recent developments in policy: The Sophie Lancaster Foundation and the legal fight to protect alterity.

This one day symposium will have a less formal feel, allowing space for a mixture of presentation formats including conventional papers, shorter discussions of research-in-progress, and alternative, performative or practice presentations (music performances, visual arts, deep listenings, etc). We also hope to produce a journal special issue or edited collection  following the event.

We invite abstracts or proposals (300 words) for papers, workshops, performances and other forms of presentation. Please send to Rosemary Lucy Hill, Caroline Lucas and Gabrielle Riches (,, by 16th December 2013.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

"Lady Terminator and the Golden Age of Indonesian Exploitation Films", a midnight lecture by Lew Ojeda

"Lady Terminator and the Golden Age of Indonesian Exploitation Films", a midnight lecture by Lew Ojeda (video)

 6 February 2010 atFacets Multimedia, 1517 W Fullerton in Chicago, IL. $5 for the lecture/screening/discussion,