Cult poster3 May 2019, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK 

The Horror, Cult & Exploitation Media Research Workshop is an annual one-day symposium for PhD students and Early Career Researchers working in the fields of horror, cult and exploitation screen media. Hosted by Northumbria University, the workshop is a collaborative event between the Department of Social Sciences and the Department of Arts. Participants will each deliver a 5-10 minute talk about their research to their peers and to a panel of academic experts from Northumbria’s Film and Television Research Group, providing a short introduction to their current project and identifying several questions for discussion. After each presentation, there will be an opportunity for the academic panel and other workshop participants to provide feedback to each speaker and to ask follow-up questions.

The workshop is intended to be a small-scale networking opportunity for scholars with shared research interests, and to provide a relatively informal opportunity for those newer to academia to engage in dialogue with more established researchers.

The academic panel will comprise:

  • Dr Russ Hunter (Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, co-editor of Italian Horror Cinema)
  • Dr Steve Jones (Head of Media, author of Torture Porn: Popular Horror After Saw, co-editor of Zombies and Sexuality)
  • Dr James Leggott (Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, author of Contemporary British Cinema: From Heritage to Horror)
  • Dr Sarah Ralph (Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, co-author of Alien Audiences: Remembering and Evaluating a Classic Movie)
  • Dr Jamie Sexton (Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, co-author of Cult Film: An Introduction, founding series co-editor of Cultographies)
  • Dr Johnny Walker (Senior Lecturer in Media, author of Contemporary British Horror Cinema: Industry, Genre and Society and co-editor of the Global Exploitation Cinemas book series)

The event will also include short presentation by Matthew Frost from Manchester University Press, who will give advice about academic publishing (including converting a PhD thesis into a monograph).

The workshop is free to attend. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.