CFP - Analysing Pleasure: A Symposium with Professor Richard Dyer

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
March 13, 2017
Location: 
New Zealand
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, Humanities, Popular Culture Studies, Sexuality Studies

Analysing Pleasure: A Symposium

University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd April

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Masterclass with Professor Richard Dyer

Thursday 20th April

 

OUTLINE

The Department of Media Film and Communication at Otago University invites paper proposals for a symposium taking the theme ‘Analysing Pleasure’. The symposium is being organised around a visit by Professor Richard Dyer, whose work informs it. With his first few articles on topics such as the rights of entertainment, The Sound of Music, disco, homosexuality and film noir, and stars such as Lana Turner and Rita Hayworth, Richard Dyer insisted that the pleasures of popular culture were deserving of detailed analysis.

Many current debates build upon his foundational work for example: discussions of class; taste; cinephilia; beauty and aesthetic pleasures; popular culture; sexual gratification; social, historical and cultural conditions of pleasure; idiosyncratic and fan pleasures; haptic, tactile and sensory engagements; non-representational theory and affect and interrogations of spectacle and other visual pleasures.

 

PAPER TOPICS

For this two day symposium we invite proposals for papers of 20 minutes across the broad spectrum of Media and Cultural Studies, to include literature, music, theatre, media and the arts.

 

Key questions and themes to be explored may include but are not limited to:

 

  • How have understandings of pleasure shifted?
  • What new approaches exist for analysing pleasure?
  • How have viewer/text relations expanded thanks to multi-platform, cross-platform and relocated media?
  • What kinds of pleasures remain outlawed and what kinds of pleasures have become mainstream?
  • How is the body currently being written into theory?
  • Intersectionality and pleasure
  • Sexuality, gender and pleasure
  • Race, critical whiteness and pleasure
  • Displeasure and critique
  • Feel good and feel bad texts

 

MASTERCLASS

In addition to the Symposium, on the Thursday afternoon before, there will be a Masterclass with Professor Dyer, for which applications from Postgraduates and early career researchers will be prioritised. Professor Dyer will assign several of his publications for discussion. Participants will also get a chance to discuss their own work. A dinner will follow the Masterclass.

 

 

Instructions for Submissions for Symposium and Masterclass

There is no registration charge for this symposium for which acceptance will be highly competitive.

 

Submissions for these events and any questions should be sent to: pleasure.symposium@otago.ac.nz by Monday 13th March. Acceptances will be sent Friday 17th March.

  • For the Symposium please send an abstract of 250 words and brief bio to  pleasure.symposium@otago.ac.nz with the words ‘SYMPOSIUM’ in the subject line.
  • For the Masterclass please send an abstract of up to 500 words and brief bio to pleasure.symposium@otago.ac.nz with the words ‘MASTERCLASS’ in the subject line.
  • If you hope to attend both the Symposium and the Masterclass then follow the instructions above and put ‘SYMPOSIUM AND MASTERCLASS’ in the subject line.

 

Contact Info: 

Dr Catherine Fowler

Associate Professor in Film

Department of Media Film and Communication

University of Otago

Dunedin

New Zealand