Why are we still fascinated by the 1960s? How does 1960s culture circulate today? These are the questions that inform ‘Still Swinging: 1960s British cinema and popular culture in the 21st century’, a one day symposium to be held at Cinema City, Norwich, on 9 September 2016. We are pleased to announce that registration for this event is now open.
Part of the AHRC-funded project ‘Transformation and Tradition in British Cinema of the 1960s’ currently taking place at the Universities of York and East Anglia, this symposium engages with British film of the 1960s as just one element of a broader popular culture during that decade. Speakers will discuss a range of cultural and creative industries, from film to fashion, pop music to leisure culture, forging connections between them and analysing the ways in which the 1960s still shape the twenty-first-century cultural landscape.
The symposium will provide insight into current research and scholarship on the 1960s and the ways in which we curate, archive, enthuse about, disseminate and enjoy the cultural materials that emerged from this most important and contested of decades, including its vibrant cinematic output.
The provisional schedule for the symposium comprises three panels:
Panel 1 – the enduring fascinations of sixties popular culture: More than 40 years have passed since the 1960s ended, yet the decade still maintains a vibrant presence in contemporary popular culture. Speakers with diverse interests in various aspects of the 1960s will discuss the ways in which the decade’s culture continues to reverberate and circulate today.
Panel 2 – legacies of sixties British cinema: This panel brings together speakers with curatorial responsibility for different aspects of the rich legacy of 1960s British cinema. Giving a sense of the breadth of British production culture in the period, the panel will also provide insight into the ways in which 1960s film culture as it existed at the time has evolved into 1960s film culture as we understand and enjoy it today.
Panel 3 – watching sixties British films today: How do 1960s films circulate today, why do the films of the decade continue to find a market, and how do modern viewers help shape the ways in which 60s films are remembered and conceptualised? This panel will bring together speakers who in different ways have worked to bring British films made during the 1960s to contemporary audiences, at home or in cinemas.
Subject to final confirmation, speakers will include:
Jo Botting – Senior Curator of Fiction films at the BFI National Archive
Sarah Cronin-Stanley – Founder and Managing Director, Talking Pictures TV archive film and television channel.
Sam Dunn – Head of BFI DVD
Marcus Hearn – Official historian of Hammer Films, and writer, publisher, producer and director.
Steven Hess – Custodian of Woodfall Films
Matt Jones – Lecturer in Cinema and Television History, De Montfort University, organiser of ‘A Night at the Pictures’ immersive 1960s cinema events.
Justin Smith – Professor of Media Industries, University of Portsmouth. Leader of AHRC-funded project ‘Fifty Years of British Music Video’
Alwyn W. Turner – Historian and author of Halfway to Paradise and My Generation, on the first decades of British rock and roll (both accompanied by exhibitions at the Victoria & Albert Museum), The Biba Experience, The Man Who Invented the Daleks, and an acclaimed trilogy of books on British history 1970-2000: Crisis? What Crisis?; Rejoice, Rejoice!; A Classless Society.
To register, please follow this link: http://store.uea.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=9&catid=4&prodid=96
Registration fee: £20, which includes lunch and refreshments.
We hope to see you there.
Dr Richard Farmer and Dr Melanie Williams
University of East Anglia