Call for Papers: Geriaction Cinema: A Symposium on the Ageing Action Star

Geriaction Cinema: A Symposium on the Ageing Action Star

Bournemouth University, 10th – 11th May 2018

Keynote speaker: Professor Rajinder Dudrah (Birmingham City University)

The action film has been widely analysed for its investment in spectacle, its hyperbolic masculinity, its significance for film marketing and its ideological implications across various conflicts and contexts of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. So too have its stars been extensively framed in their cultural-political surroundings over recent decades of film scholarship. As the action-adventure format’s most contemporary manifestation in the blockbuster era reaches middle age, and the personae of Cold-War era action stars increasingly adapt to incorporate themes of ageing, debates around seniority in the genre’s marquee personnel are ever more timely.

This symposium will offer delegates the opportunity to discuss the concept of the ageing action star across historical periods, genders, ethnicities and national cinemas, bringing together diverse perspectives on the historical and political coordinates of this enduring genre. We are especially keen to encourage scholars looking at stars from outside Hollywood and Europe. Likely topics include but are not restricted to:

*   The ageing star in early action cinema
*   Reinvigorated transnational stardom in the twilight of action careers
*   Studies of action cinema’s political / historical contexts relating to ageing
*   The impact of ageing on star personae (eg Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Wayne)
*   Themes of ageing in action cinema
*   The older female action star
*   Gender relations in action cinema
*   Digital De-ageing
*   Careers after action movies
*   Action stardom late in a career

We seek proposals for 20-minute papers, or for pre-constituted panels of three or four papers, that engage with any aspects of the above topic. Abstracts of no more than 300 words, along with a short biographical note, should be submitted for peer review to

Dr Laura Crossley:<> and/or

Dr Austin Fisher:<>

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