New Perspectives on Remakes, Film Adaptations and Fan Productions

Interdisciplinary Conference

June 30-July 2, 2010

University of Göttingen (Germany)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Constantine Verevis (Monash University, Australia)

Frank Kelleter (University of Göttingen, Germany)

Robin Reid (Texas A&M University-Commerce, USA)

Conference PROGRAM

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

10:00-11:15 a.m. Registration

11:15-11:30 a.m. Conference Opening

11:30-12:30 p.m. Keynote Lecture

Constantine Verevis (Monash University, Australia), “Thieves Like Us: Economic and Cultural Impulses in Film Remaking”

Lunch Break

2:00-3:30 p.m. Remakes and the Questions of Originality and Seriality

Chair: Colin Harvey (London South Bank University, UK)

  • Stephanie Sommerfeld (University of Göttingen, Germany), “Sherlock Bond and the Deerstalker”
  •  Amy Martin (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland), “A Battle on Two Fronts: Adapting the Adaptation”
  • Birte Otten (University of Göttingen, Germany), “Remaking the Kingfish: All the King’s Men and the Question of Originality”

Coffee Break

4:00-5:30 p.m. The Look and Sound of Fan Productions

Chair: Sibylle Machat (University of Flensburg, Germany)

  • Mafalda Stasi (Coventry University, UK), “Aural Sex: Sound in Fan Fiction from Filk to Podcasts”
  • Martin Schlesinger (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany), “Filming the Game: Cinema of Video Game Attractions”
  • Kyle Stedman (University of South Florida, USA), “Remix Rhetoric in Videogame Music and Lost Videos”

5:30-6:30 p.m. Reception

Thursday, July 1, 2010

10:00-11:00 a.m. Keynote Lecture

Frank Kelleter (University of Göttingen, Germany), “Toto, I think we're in Oz again (and again and again): Why Popular Culture Loves Repetition”

Coffee Break

11:30-12:30 p.m. Remakes and Gender

Chair: Mafalda Stasi (Coventry University, UK)

  • Katherine Farrimond (Newcastle University, UK), “The Femme Fatale Who Wasn’t There: Remaking the Deadly Noir Woman in Devil in a Blue Dress and L.A. Confidential
  • Kathryn Schweishelm (Ryerson and York Universities in Toronto, Canada), “Remaking The Stepford Wives, Remodeling Feminism: The Remake’s Value as Barometer of Cultural Change”      

Lunch Break

2:00-3:30 p.m. Remakes and U.S. Politics

Chair: Daniel Stein (University of Göttingen, Germany)

  • Steffen Hantke (Sogang University, Korea), “Whose Legend Am I?: Re-Imagining Richard Matheson's I Am Legend for the Bush Years”
  • Marcel Hartwig (TU Chemnitz, Germany), “Remaking a Memory: National Catastrophes, Reel Traumata and Celluloid Regenerations”

Coffee Break

4:00-5:30 p.m. The Cultural Work of Fan Productions

Chair: Diana Rosenhagen (University of Göttingen, Germany)

  • Miłosz Markocki (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland), “The Place of AMV and Machinima in Mass Culture”
  • Arne Brücks (Academy of Film and Television Potsdam, Germany), “Adapting Blockbusters: Fanfiction as Part of a Participatory Culture”
  • Colin Harvey (London South Bank University, UK), “There Can Be Only One: Canon and Memory in the Writing of Highlander Spin-Off Material”

6:30-8:00 p.m. City Tour of Göttingen

8:00 p.m. Conference Dinner

Friday, July 2, 2010

10:00-11:00 a.m. Keynote Lecture

Robin Reid (Texas A&M University-Commerce, USA), “Remaking Texts, Remodelling Scholarship”

Coffee Break

11:30-1:00 p.m. Transformational Aesthetics of Fan Productions

Chair: Marcel Hartwig (TU Chemnitz, Germany)          

  • Sibylle Machat (University of Flensburg, Germany), “‘Prince Arthur spotted exiting Buckingham Palace!’ – The Re-imagined Worlds of Fanfic Trailers”
  • Lili Hartwig (University of Hamburg, Germany), “You’ll never see this on the silver screen!: The Film Trailer as a Template for the Appropriation and Transformation of Hollywood Movies”
  • Daniel Stein (University of Göttingen, Germany), “Spoofin’ Spidey – Rebooting the Bat: Superheroes, Immersive Story Worlds, and the Narrative Complexities of Fan Video Production”

Lunch Break

2:30-3:30 p.m. The Dynamics of Repetition

Chair: Steffen Hantke (Sogang University, Korea)

  • Sonja Georgi (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany), “Cyber-noia? Remaking The Manchurian Candidate in a Global Age”
  • Jason Scott (Leeds Trinity University College, UK), “Re-release, Redux or Remake: the Star Wars Special Editions as Low Budget Updating and Revaluation”

Coffee Break

4:00-5:30 p.m. Cross-Cultural Remakes

Chair: Arne Brücks (Academy of Film and Television Potsdam, Germany)

  • Metin Colak (Cyprus International University, Cyprus), “Growing-Up with Remakes: Remakes and Turkish Cinema”
  • Katja Föllmer (University of Göttingen, Germany), “Pretty Woman Iranian Style – A Comparative Analysis”
  • Katarzyna Marak (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland), “Translating Cultures: Success and Failure with Gore Verbinsky’s The Ring and Jim Sonzero’s Pulse

5:30-6:00 p.m. Concluding Discussion

The conference will be hosted by the American Studies Division of the English Department at the University of Göttingen.

Contact: Kathleen.Loock@phil.uni-goettingen.de

Admission: 15,00 / 5,00 EUR

Kathleen Loock,
Jun 22, 2010, 10:27 AM