Spartacus @ 60
A Virtual Conference
21 December 2020
Organised by Nathan Abrams (Bangor University), James Fenwick (Sheffield Hallam University) and Elisa Pezzotta (Bergamo University).
To mark sixty years since the release of Spartacus, this virtual workshop will consider the making and impact of this crucial film. Spartacus has left an indelible mark on our popular culture and is considered to be one of the best of its genre. But its exact position with Stanley Kubrick’s oeuvre has been misunderstood with some critics and academics excluding it from his canon. Consequently, it has not been subjected to the same scrutiny from a wide variety of disciplines and methodological perspectives as his other films. This workshop proposes to bring together scholars and fans from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to explore Spartacus sixty years since its release, discuss its impact and consider its position within Kubrick’s oeuvre and the wider visual and socio-political culture.
Possible angles might include:
Spartacus -- origins, influences, production, aesthetics, publicity, reception, afterlife, legacy
Where does Spartacus sit in Kubrick’s oeuvre?
Where does Spartacus sit in Kirk Douglas’ oeuvre?
Kirk Douglas as producer
What is the cultural/film-making legacy of Spartacus?
What is the position of Spartacus within the wider visual culture?
Spartacus and parenthood
Spartacus and women
Spartacus and race, ethnicity and otherness
Spartacus and the Cold War
Spartacus and the Hollywood blacklist
Spartacus as epic
Spartacus, audiences, fandom and ‘cult’
How to research Spartacus during the lockdown?
The legacy of a piece of dialogue: ‘I’m Spartacus’.
Spartacus and history
Paratexts e.g. Dell comic books
Is Spartacus a Kubrick film?
To submit an abstract, please complete the following form by October 1st, 2020. Early submissions are encouraged.