Call for papers – British Cinema in the 1960s: Histories and Legacies, 6 – 7 September 2017

Call for papers for our project conference:

British Cinema in the 1960s: Histories and Legacies

6 – 7 September 2017

BFI Southbank, London

This two-day conference, organised as part of the AHRC-funded project ‘Transformation and Tradition in British Cinema of the 1960s: Industry, Creativity, and National Branding’ ( run by the Universities of York and East Anglia, will provide a space for exploring one of the most dynamic decades of British cinema history.

Its twin focus will be how we construct histories of the film culture of the period (who we talk to, what sources we use, how we interpret them) and how might we understand the legacies of the period’s cinema, not only in terms of influence on later filmmaking practice but also in broader film appreciation and fandom. Which are the films and names that live on and why?

Possible areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Historicising the 1960s and its cinema
  • Archives, sources, methods
  • Key sixties concepts and the cinema: individualism, freedom, rebellion, permissiveness, entrepreneurialism
  • 1960s British cinema and tradition/history/heritage
  • Youthquake in British cinema? Issues of youth and age in the 1960s
  • Identity politics in 1960s British cinema: class/gender/ethnicity/sexuality
  • Losing an Empire, finding a role: engaging with the imperial in 1960s British films
  • 1960s British cinema and Europe: production, exhibition and reception
  • International connections: ‘Hollywood England’ and beyond
  • Film in an intermedial context: 1960s British cinema related to other areas of cultural production
  • Legacies of 1960s British cinema: influences, remakes, fandoms


Please send 200 word proposals for papers with short biogs to by 1 March 2017.

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