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Special Edition of Celebrity Studies Journal, edited by Renee Middlemost and Sarah Thomas

Since his emergence as a teen actor in the 1980s, Keanu Reeves has been an enduring, yet elusive celebrity who continues to fascinate and frustrate in equal measure. Despite his unwavering popularity, in recent years his lower public profile has seen Reeves assume the status of cult or folk icon; yet slowly the world appears to have fallen for Reeves all over again.  USA Today declared June 2019 ‘The Summer of Keanu Reeves’ with the release of John Wick 3, Toy Story 4, the announcement of his role in X Box game Cyberpunk 2077, memorable cameo in Always Be My Maybe, memes, magazine features, the first ‘KeanuCon’ film festival, and high profile fashion brand ambassador spreads (Saint Laurent). With the latest instalment of Bill and Ted (Bill and Ted Face the Music) due for release in 2020, this special issue of Celebrity Studieswill be a timely exploration of the resurgent Reeves in the transmedia age. Continuer la lecture de CFP: CELEBRITY STUDIES JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUE ON KEANU REEVES. DEADLINE: DEC 01, 2019.

Contemporary Greek Film Cultures Conference 2013

Contemporary Greek Film Cultures Conference 2013

An Interdisciplinary, International Conference on Contemporary Greek Cinema.
5-6 of July 2013, At the Hellenic Centre, London

Contemporary Greek Film Cultures 2013 is a 2-day cross-institutional, international conference for the study of Contemporary Greek Cinema and more broadly Greek Film Cultures internationally. The conference aims to bring together academics, critics and practitioners of Greek Cinema, and create debates and discussions on various aspects of Greek film; additionally the conference aims to actively address gaps in the current scholarship in Greek Film Studies, and help promote a more concerted study and theorisation of Contemporary Greek Cinema, reflecting on the multi-faceted contexts of production, distribution and study of Greek Cinema.


Soon too be published on the website (see below)


Mikela Fotiou, University of Glasgow : Mikela is a third year PhD student. She researches the work of the Greek filmmaker Nikos Nikolaidis with a specific focus on the representation of women in his films. (

Tonia Kazakopoulou, University of Reading : Tonia is a part-time PhD researcher, currently in her final year. Her research focuses on Contemporary Greek Film and Women’s Cinema; the topic of her thesis is Women’s comedy in contemporary Greek cinema: Olga Malea. She is a Visiting Lecturer in Film at SAE Institute Oxford, and a Tutor in Film at the University of Reading. (

Philip Philis, University of Glasgow : Philip is a third year PhD student in film. He examines a selection of Greek transnational co-productions with a focus on representation of Albanian immigrants and an assessment of issues regarding national cinemas. (

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Publication : Screening the Dark Side of Love: From Euro-Horror to American Cinema, Karen A. Ritzenhoff and Karen Randell

Karen A. Ritzenhoff and Karen Randell, Screening the Dark Side of Love: From Euro-Horror to American Cinema, Palgrave Macmillan.

Book presentation

This edited collection unpicks the ways in which love can be understood globally as a problematic and often violent transgression rather than the narrative of ‘happy endings’ that Classical Hollywood has offered. Its engagement with varying methodologies of history, textual analysis, psychoanalytic models and cultural critique ensures that the edition will be useful for courses taught across the globe on film, television and popular culture. The collection comprises of international scholars who engage with films that have been made from the margins to the mainstream of cinema to explore issues surrounding gender identity and spectatorship.


  • Re-Imagining Censorship as ‘Reel’ Mutilation: Why not a G-rated Version of David Cronenberg’s Crash; J.S.Robinson
  • The Whip and the Body: Sex, Violence, and Performative Spectatorship in Euro-Horror S&M Cinema; A.I.Olney
  • Lars von Trier’s Anti Christ and the Australian ‘lost child’ Complex: Love, Loss and Emotional Indulgence; T.Waddell
  • Black Bucks and Don Juans: Violent Romances of Race and Sex in Jane Campion’s In the CutT.Lundy
  • Mad Love: The Anxiety of Difference in the Films of Lon Chaney Snr.; K.Randell
  • Love and Crime in Agatha Christie Films; M.Aldridge
  • Monstrous Love: Oppression, Intimacy, and Transformation in Mary Reilly (1996); C.Miller
  • Self-mutilation and Dark Love in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan (2010) and Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher (2000);K.A.Ritzenhoff
  • Female Pleasure and Performance: Masochism in Belle de Jour and Story of OS.Deighan
  • What’s in the Basket?: Sexualized and Sexualizing Violence in Frank Henenlotter’s Basket CaseL.Cunningham
  • Blood and Bravado: Violence, Eroticism, and Spain in Pedro Almodovar’s MatadorM.Morris
  • The Comedic Punch Line: Unpacking Scenes of Domestic Violence-as-humor in Tyler Perry Films; J.Hudson
  • Obsessed and Fatally Attracted: The Gender and Racial Politics of Obsessed; S.Leonard
  • High-Tech Pleasure: Seriality and Pornographic Body; S.Schaschek


KAREN A. RITZENHOFF is a Professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University, USA, and a member of the Program for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She teaches courses on women and film, mass media, film history, visual communication, American cinema and television production. She is co-editor of Sex and Sexuality in a Feminist World(2009) as well as co-editor of Leiden, Trauma, Folter: Bildkulturen des Irakkriegs,’ Augenblick: Marburger Hefte zur Medienwissenschaft (2011), a special issue of the Marburg Journal of Media Studies. Her article on Lisbeth Salander as the ‘Final Girl’ in the Swedish Girl Who films is included in Donna King and Carrie Lee Smith’s (eds.). Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Kick Their Ass: Feminist Perspectives on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy (2012).
KAREN RANDELL is Principal Lecturer in Film Studies at Southampton Solent University, UK. Her research interests are in film, gender, trauma and war. She is co-editor of Screen Methods: Comparative Readings in Film Studies (2006), The War Body on Screen (2008) and Reframing 9/11: Film, Popular Culture and the ‘War on Terror’ (2010). Randell is also published in Screen(2003), Art in the Age of Terrorism (2005), The Journal of Cinema Studies (2011) and Generation Zombie (2011). She is currently writing a monograph on Lon Chaney Snr.

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Publication : Border Visions Identity and Diaspora in Film, Jakub Kazecki, Karen A. Ritzenhoff and Cynthia J. Miller

Jakub Kazecki, Karen A. Ritzenhoff and Cynthia J. Miller, Border Visions Identity and Diaspora in Film, Scarecrow Press.

Book presentation

Over the last several decades, the boundaries of languages and national and ethnic identities have been shifting, altering the notion of borders around the world. Borderland areas, such as East and West Europe, the US/Mexican frontera, and the Middle East, serve as places of cultural transfer and exchange, as well as arenas of violent conflict and segregation. As communities around the world merge across national borders, new multi-ethnic and multicultural countries have become ever more common.

Border Visions: Identity and Diaspora in Film offers an overview of global cinema that addresses borders as spaces of hybridity and change. In this collection of essays, contributors examine how cinema portrays conceptions of borderlands informed by knowledge, politics, art, memory, and lived experience, and how these constructions contribute to a changing global community. These essays analyze a variety of international feature films and documentaries that focus on the lives, cultures, and politics of borderlands. The essays discuss the ways in which conflicts and their resolutions occur in borderlands and how they are portrayed on film. The volume pays special attention to contemporary Europe, where the topic of shifting border identities is one of the main driving forces in processes of European unification.

Among the filmmakers whose work is discussed in this volume are Fatih Akin, Montxo Armendàriz, Cary Fukunaga, Christoph Hochhäusler, Holger Jancke, Emir Kusturica, Laila Pakalnina, Alex Rivera, Larissa Shepitko, Andrea Staka, Elia Suleiman, and István Szabó. A significant contribution to the dialogue on global cinema, Border Visions will be of interest to students and scholars of film, but also to scholars in border studies, gender studies, sociology, and political science.

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Jakub Kazecki is assistant professor at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He is the author ofLaughter in the Trenches: Humour and Front Experience in German First World War Narratives(2012).

Karen Ritzenhoff is professor in the Department of Communication at Central Connecticut State University. She is the coeditor of Sex and Sexuality in a Feminist World (2009) and Screening the Dark Side of Love: From Euro-Horror to American Cinema (2012).

Cynthia J. Miller (Emerson College) is the series editor for Scarecrow Press’s Film and Historyseries. She is the editor of Too Bold for the Box Office: The Mockumentary, From Big Screen to Small (2012) and coeditor of Undead in the West: Vampires, Zombies, Mummies and Ghosts on the Cinematic Frontier and Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology (2012), all published by Scarecrow Press.

International conference : Melancholia : imaging the End of the World (June 5-7th, Marburg)

MELANCHOLIA: Imaging the End of the World

June 5–7th, 2013
International Conference at Philipps University, Marburg, Germany
Organized by Central Connecticut State University and Philipps University

We live in a world at risk.  Various prophecies and clandestine calendars point to the end of the world, while serious theorists engage with the idea of scenario planning as a scientific tool for the evaluation of the future. Even the fictions of contemporary reality and social life present narratives of decay and the end of a commonly shared social reality.

Despite their orientation towards the future, these catastrophic scenarios function to organize present social reality, and all are reflected in our audiovisual media.

The conference Melancholia: Imaging the End of the World will present papers on a broad spectrum of issues and historical moments that engage critically with the topic of Visions of the End of the World, in film, television and digital media.


Conference will be held at Philipps University Wilhelm Röpke Strasse 6A


4:00 PM : Registration (Philipps University)

5:10 PM : Welcome notes

5:15 – 6:00 PM : Keynote lecture: Scott Loren, St. Gallen (Switzerland) – Can Disaster Films be feminine? Lars von Trier’s challenge to the male gaze

6:15 – 7:30 PM : Reception Cineplex

7:30 – 9:30 PM : Film screening and discussion : Melancholia, dir. Lars von Trier (Moderator: Angela Krewani, Philipps University, Marburg)


9:00 – 10:00 AM : Prof. Dr. Joachim Herrgen (Dean)

10:00 – 11:15 AM : Conference presentations

Panel 111: Early visions of the Apocalypse, Room 01C09

Karen Randell (Southampton Solent University, UK) : Melancholia & Melodrama in Silent Cinema after World War I

Clémentine Tholas-Disset (Paris East Créteil University) : World War I and Hollywood’s first modern Armageddon: understanding wartime and post-conflict representations of aglobal cataclysm in Civilization (1916) and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

Panel 112: 9/11 Trauma and Sacrifice, Room 01C10

Leah A. Rosenberg, (University of Missouri, USA) : All That Remains: Examining the Immortal Undead in Post 9/11 Television and Film

Tanya Shilina-Conte, SUNY at Buffalo : Representing the Unrepresentable: Black Screen as Negative Event and post-9/11 Cinema

Jon Pahl (Temple University, USA) : Apocalypse and Sacrifice in Modern Film: American Exceptionalism and a Scandinavian Alternative

Panel 113: The Apocalypse and historical transformations, Room 03F04

Peter Krämer (University of East Anglia, UK) : We’ll meet again: Endings and New Beginnings in Dr. Strangelove (1964) and Other Films about Global Transformations

Adrian Versteegh (New York University, USA) : Spectacles of Ruin: Apocalypse and the Afterlife of Cities in the Victorian Imaginary

Thomas Prasch (Washburn University, USA) : ‘Radiation’s rising, but one mustn’t grumble too much’: Nuclear Apocalypse Played as Farce in Richard Lester’s The Bed-Sitting Room (1969)

11:15 – 11:45 AM : Coffee Break

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM : Keynote lecture: Frederick Wasser (Brooklyn College, NY, USA) – Disaster films and the End of the World

1:00 – 2:00 PM : Lunch

2:10 – 3:25 PM : Conference presentation :

Panel 121: Converging Media, Room 01C09

Andreas Kirchner (Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany) : Experiencing the End of the World: Lars van Trier’s Melancholia as Hybrid Between Art and Genre Fil

Michael Mosel (University of Giessen, Germany) : Playing Zombified Versions of the End of the World

Panel 122: Psycho-social functions I, Room 01C10

Charles Antoine Courcoux (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) : The (Gender)Politics of Disaster

Philip Hammond (London South Bank University, UK) and Hugh Ortega Breton (University of Surrey, UK) : The Eco Apocalypse: A psycho-cultural approach to Melancholic Loss, Political Alienation and the Desire for annihilation

Panel 123: Apocalypse and Teens, Room 03F04

Timothy Shary (Independent Scholar, USA) : Eschatological Ecstasy: the Thrills of Cataclysm in Teen Cinema

Karen A. Ritzenhoff (Central Connecticut State University) : Kids Killing Kids in Dystopia: The Hunger Games and Battle Royale

3:30 – 4:00 PM : Coffee break

4:00 – 5:15 PM : Conference presentations

Panel 131: Psycho Social Function II, Room 01C09

Matthias Koch and Christian Köhler (Paderborn University, Germany) : Zombification: Undead (in) History

Angela Krewani (Philipps University, Marburg) : Film as lab: the apocalypse on film as laboratory for the future

Panel 132: Managing the Crisis, Room 01C10

Scott Ellis (Southern Connecticut State University, USA) and Fiona Pearson (Central Connecticut State University, USA) : Dead Narratives: Defining Humanity Through Stories

Carl James Grindly (City University of New York, USA) : Film as lab: The apocalypse on film as laboratory for the future

Panel 133: Apocalypse and Superstition, Room 03F04

Joseph M. Conte, (University at Buffalo) : The Ruins of the Future: Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg’s Adaptation, and Gerhard Richter’s October 18, 1977

Kinga Wlodarska, (Central Connecticut State University, USA) : Shadows, Superstitions and the End of the World

6:00 – 7:00 PM : Marburger Filmkunsttheater Roundtable Discussion:

Chair: Peter Krämer (University of East Anglia, UK)

Panelists: Catriona McAvoy (Loner Films, UK); Richard Daniels (University of the Arts, London, UK); Tatjana Ljujic (Cambridge University, UK)

7:30 – 9:00 PM

Film screening and discussion : Dr. Strangelove. Dir. Stanley Kubrick

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013

9:00 – 10:00 AM : Breakfast

10:00 – 11:15 AM : Conference presentations

Panel 211: Technologies, Room 01C09

Kristine Larsen (Central Connecticut State University, USA) : ALICE and the Apocalypse: Particle Accelerators as Death Machines

Shizuko Tomoda (Central Connecticut State University, USA) : Fear of What? Nuclear Power or Us?

Michael Krzeminski (St. Augustin, Germany) : Apocaplyptic Images in Technological Applications

Panel 212: Apocalypse in Popular Culture, Room: Alter Senatssaal

Katherine Sugg (Central Connecticut State University, USA) : A Sense of Ending: Apocalyptic Imaginaries in White Masculinity in the Frontier Fantasies of Deadwood and Firefly

Kerstin Stutterheim (HFF Konrad Wolf, Potsdam, Germany) : Documenting the Rider of the Apocalypse

Panel 213: Corporate End of the World, Room 03F04

Cindy White (Central Connecticut State University, USA) and Elizabeth Hall Preston (Westfield State University, USA): Evoking the Apocalypse: Patagonia, Inc. And Landscapes of Loss and Redemption

Wendy Sterba (College of St.Benedict/St. John’s University): The Corporate and Corporeal: Min(d)ing the Body-Conscience and Consumption in Early 21st Century Hollywood Dystopia

11:15 – 11:45 AM : Coffee break

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM : Conference presentations

Panel 221: A critique of Modernism, Room 01C09

Thomas Waitz (University of Vienna, Austria) : A World Without Us: The End of Modernity as the End of the World

Sven Weidner (Philipps University, Marburg, Germany) : 4:44 Last Day on Earth: An experimentalvision of the final and definite end of the World

Panel 222: Politics of Images, Room 03F04

Samm Deigham: Seeing Yourself to Death: Wim Wenders’ Until the End of the World and the Disease of Images

Iulia Micu (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and Andrei Simut (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania) : Toward a Psycho-Social Apocalypse: Depression, Death and the Dream of Total Annihilation

1:00 – 2:00 PM : Lunch (Catering)

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM : Conference presentations

Panel 231: Functions of narration, Alter Senatssaal Room

Solveig Nitzke (Bochum University, Germany) : Is there an end to it? Fictional shelters and shelter-fiction

Peter Podrez (Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen, Germany) Blank Screens and annihilated gazes. Radicalizing the End in filmic apocalypses

Panel 232: Erosions of Society, Room 01C09

Natalia Laranjinha, (CIAC – Center for Arts and Communication, Portugal) : The Deadly Saturn in Melancholia

Pierre Floquet (Bordeaux University, France) : Melancholia and the Apocalypse Within

Panel 233: Functions of narration, Room 03F04

Tara Karajica (University of Barcelona, Spain) : One form of post-apocalyptic societal erosion: the banishment of feelings and artistic expression in Kurt Wimmer’s 2002 Equilibirum

Tatjana Ljujic (Cambridge University, UK): Tarkovsky’s Sacrifice and the end of the world

3:30 PM : Walk to the Marburg Castle

4:00 – 5:10 PM : Conference presentations

Panel 241: Kubrick and the apocalypse, Seminarraum Schloss Room

Catriona McAvoy (Loner Films, UK) : ‘Gentleman, You Can’t Fight in Here’: Gender Symbolism and the End of the World in Dr. Strangelove and Melancholia

Richard Daniels (University of the Arts, London, UK): 2001 – A Space Odyssey: Kubrick’s Second Brush with the Apocalypse

6:00 PM : Marburger Schloss Roundtable Discussion

Political and Cultural Functions end time visions

Panel Moderators: Karen Ritzenhoff (Central Connecticut State University, USA) and Angela Krewani (Philipps University)

Panelists: Karen Randell (Southamptom Solent University, UK), Timothy Shary (independent scholar, USA), Clémentine Tholas-Disset (Paris East Créteil University, France), Pierre Floquet (Bordeaux University, France), and Cindy White (Central Connecticut State University, USA)

7: 30 pm : Dinner at the Castle Restaurant Bückingsgarten


For more information about the trip or to ask a question reguarding the trip please get in touch with Either:

Prof. Dr. Angela Krewani

Philipps-Universität Marburg

Institut für Medienwissenschaft
Wilhelm Röpke Strasse 6A
35039 Marburg

Tel: +49-(0)6421-2824691

Karen A. Ritzenhoff, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Communication

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Central Connecticut State University

1615 Stanley Street

New Britain, CT 06050

Tel: (001) – 860/832-2692