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Events archive

This page lists previous events and conferences related to film and television studies held at the University of Warwick.


Rome, Open City: Examining the legacy after seventy years: An international conference, Warwick, 12-13, November 2015

Organised by Louis Bayman, Stephen Gundle, Karl Schoonover
The release of Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City in September 1945, just months after the Liberation of Italy, is a landmark in both cinema and Italian history. The film’s tale of popular resistance in Nazi-occupied Rome brought Italy to international audiences. It announced a new aesthetics of cinema - neorealism - that would have a global impact, attracting attention and often controversy for its bold assertion of the necessary relationship between art and politics. The film is a central reference point for cinematic realism and aesthetic radicalism, influencing movements from the French New Wave to Brazilian Cinema Novo, British social realism and Dogme 95. It remains a key influence for contemporary filmmakers as well as an important reference point in areas as diverse as cultural geography, gender studies, performance, historiography, aesthetic philosophy, and the study of war, fascism and torture.

Television for Women - International Conference, Warwick, 15–17 May 2013

A three day conference which seeks to open up and internationalise debate about the past, present and future of television programming for women as part of the AHRC project.

Career Girls on the Small Screen'- 20th June 2012

On Wednesday 20th June 2012, The 'A History of Television for Women in Britain, 1947-89' team held a public event at the BFI's Southbank centre entitled 'Career Girls on the Small Screen'. The session presented a talk and screenings of key British television programmes which have showed the changing relationship between women, work and the urban (long before Sex and the City and Mad Men). A Q&A session followed, with writer Abi Morgan (The Hour, The Iron Lady), actor Amanda Redman, Hilary Salmon (Executive Producer, BBC Drama) and chair Kate Kinninmont (Chief Executive, Women in Film and Television).

Writing Lives Symposium - May 2012

Organised by IAS Fellow Dr. Hannah Andrews). This symposium explored the methodological, ethical and intellectual implications of using biographical material in scholarly practice. ‘Biographical material’ was defined broadly, including, for example, historical narratives of real people, biography as fiction and non-fiction, film/television/digital adaptations of real lives, or research which incorporates aspects of the life stories of subjects, such as narrative inquiry, or oral history. It offered a space to reflect on the practical challenges and rewards presented by using data about the lives of real people. We also discussed and debated the boundaries offered by biography: boundaries of history and narrative, boundaries of truth and fiction, boundaries of form and meaning.

'Archives of the Audio-Visual' Symposium - April 2011

The workshop, part of the Histories of Digital Future project opened with a presentation by Professor Carolyn Steedman of the Warwick History Department, and also included presentation of research snapshots by postgraduate students in the department of Film and Television Studies. The afternoon saw Professor Charles Barr (University College, Dublin), Dr Rachel Moseley (University of Warwick) and Dr Amy Holdsworth (University of Glasgow) reflect on their own encounters with the archive and the museum.

Film-Philosophy III - Annual Conference 15–17 July 2010

The University of Warwick, with the support of its Humanities Research Centre and the British Society of Aesthetics, hosted Film-Philosophy III: the third annual conference of the Film-Philosophy journal, 15-17 July 2010.

'Where Does History Happen? On the dispersal of contemporary histories of the moving image', Symposium, May 20 2010.

This event was a joint initiative organised by Erica Carter and Charlotte Brunsdon that linked the HRC Seminar on Film and History and the Department of Film and Television Studies project ‘Histories of the Digital Future’. The day workshop brought together historians of the audio-visual in and from different contexts, and attempted to map some of the changing locations of the history of the moving image in the twenty-first century. Contributors to the event included Hans-Michael Bock (Cinegraph Research Insitut, Hamburg), Erica Carter (Warwick), Ben Highmore (University of Sussex), Adrian Martin (Monash University, Melbourne), Therese Davis (Monash University) Sarah Street (University of Bristol) and Helen Wheatley (Warwick).

'Glorious Technicolor, Breathtaking CinemaScope': The Spectacle of Technology in Screen Media, One-day interdisciplinary conference, February 2010.

This conference presented a wide-ranging study of spectacularised screen technologies: exploring instances where focus is drawn to the medium rather than its content. It featured papers from an array of disciplines, spanning subjects that range from before the birth of cinema to the digital future. Keynote Speakers: Alison Griffiths (CUNY); William Boddy (CUNY); Helen Wheatley: (University of Warwick)

'The Future of Fashion Studies' - 30 April 2009

In April 2009, the Departments of Film and Television Studies and History organised a research network 'The Future of Fashion Studies: A Fashion Network' in the Institute of Advanced Studies.

'Making and Remaking Television Classics' Conference - March 2009


'Beginnings and Endings in Film, Films and Film Studies', June 2008.

A conference report available in the Winter 2008 edition of Screen.

'In the Shadow of Empire: The Post-Imperial Urban Imaginaries of London and Paris', May 2008.


Click here for a report.

'Television, the Archive and the Document: A Symposium', May 2008.