1. The Cultures Of James Bond Conference

    By Devin Zydel on 2009-05-22

    This upcoming June will see 007 going under the microscope at a one-of-a-kind international conference entitled ‘The Cultures of James Bond’ in Saarbrücken/Germany.

    Since his earliest appearances in print and on the screen, James Bond has become a popular icon and has developed nothing short of his own cultural mythology. His iconic status today may well hide the fact that through the years, James Bond has acquired very different meanings in a variety of contexts. He has provided a screen onto which the heterogeneous desires of nationally, culturally and socially diverse readers, viewers and users have been projected.

    In addition, Bond has long become an academic topic as well, not just in film studies, but also in literary and cultural studies. As a cultural phenomenon entangled in the histories not only of Western cultures since World War II, Bond more than merits a conference as a forum to discuss new approaches and recent revisions.

    The ‘The Cultures of James Bond’ International Conference will be taking place on the weekend of 5-7 June 2009 at Saarland University. presents the complete programme of events:

    Friday, 5 June 2009

    09.00am – Welcome Addresses

    09.30am Keynote Lecture: James Chapman
    “The evolution of Bond; or five takes on Casino Royale”

    10.15am – Coffee Break

    10.45amPanel 1: Bond and Change

    1.1 Korte, Barbara,
    “Tough or Tongue-In-Cheek? Performing Bond under Changing Notions of Heroism”

    1.2 Lemke, Cordula,
    “Shaken, and not stirred”: James Bond’s Emotions”

    Panel 2: Bond in Context

    2.1 Taylor, Antony,
    “‘And I am the God of Destruction!’: The Genealogy of James Bond’s Adversaries in the Novels of Ian Fleming”

    2.2 Fielitz, Sonja,
    “Something is out of Joint: Tracing the Ghosts of Fleming’s ‘Blofeld Trilogy'”

    12.15pm – Lunch

    01.45pmPanel 3: Formula Fiction

    3.1 Christinidis, Georgia,
    “Of Human Bondage? Identity, Continuity and Verisimilitude in James Bond and Doctor Who”

    3.2 Metivier, Anthony,
    “Is James Bond a Serial Killer?”

    3.3 Laqué, Stephan,
    “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service? Bond’s Integrity”

    Panel 4: Nationality and Class

    4.1 Shankland, Luc,
    “James Bond’s National Identity: A Matter of Class”

    4.2 Ben Khelifa, Nadja & Jörg Sternagel,
    “Britishness and Scottish Identity in Early Bond Films: A Postcolonial Reflection”

    4.3 Berberich, Christine,
    “In Her Majesty’s Special Service: Bond, Englishness and the Subversion of the Gentleman Ideal”

    03.45pm – Coffee Break

    04.15pmPanel 5: Sonic Bond

    5.1 Nimtz, André,
    “All Bonds Unleashed: Musical Bondness and its Functions Within and Beyond the Films”

    5.2 Keazor, Henry,
    “The Bond Between”: Music and Image in the 007-Movies”

    Panel 6: Transgressive Bond

    6.1 Bach, Susanne,
    “Transgressive Bond”

    6.2 Viol, Claus-Ulrich,
    “Quantum of Smoothness. Bond and Spatial Desire”

    05.45pm – All leave for reception

    06.15pm – Reception

    08.00pm – Dinner (Casino)

    Saturday, 6 June 2009

    09.00am – Keynote Lecture: Christoph Lindner
    “The Future of James Bond Scholarship: 007’s Nasty Habit of Surviving”

    09.45am – Coffee Break

    10.15amPanel 7: Gender

    7.1 Ward, Dan,
    “‘I Sized You Up The Moment I Saw You’: Masculinity and Male Body Objectification in Casino Royale”

    7.2 Brusberg-Kiermeier, Stefani,
    “Bond Girls or Bond Women? The Construction of Evil Femininity for the Female Villains in the James Bond Films”

    Panel 8: Popular Culture

    8.1 Seidl, Monika,
    “One Silhouette is not enough: The World of Key Art and James Bond”

    8.2 Steveker, Lena,
    “007 meets Van Helsing: James Bond and Neo-Gothic Popular Culture”

    12.00pm – Lunch

    01.15pmPanel 9: New Bond (I)

    9.1 Hochscherf, Tobias,
    “From Gentleman Spy to Hardboiled Detective: The Reinvention of James Bond after 9/11”

    9.2 Griem, Julika & Fotis Jannidis,
    “Undressing To Kill: On the Aesthetics of Bodily Harm in the New Bond Films”

    9.3 Lattek, Michael,
    “Trickling Down: Water Metaphors and Global Economy in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace”

    Panel 10: Reproduction and Representation

    10.1 Billone, Amy C.,
    “Live and Let Die: James Bond, Peter Pan, Dorian Gray and the Tragedy of Eternal Youth”

    10.2 Omry, Keren,
    “An Authentic Body in Flux: Technology of Reproduction in the New Bond”

    10.3 Goggin, Joyce,
    “The Diamond Standard and the Experience Economy”

    03.30pm – Coffee Break

    04.00pmPanel 11: New Bond (II)

    11.1 Catania, Alessandro,
    “Bond Just Bond: Daniel Craig 007’s (Un)Popular Narratives”

    11.2 De Kosnik, Abigail,
    “M Stands for Mother: James Bond and Freudian Family Romance in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace”

    Panel 12: Tourism

    12.1 Schmid, Susanne,
    “From the Costa del Sol to the Moon: James Bond’s Tourist Locations”

    12.2 Sandrock, Kirsten A.,
    “Bond’s Alter-Ego: Ian Fleming as 007 in Thrilling Cities”

    05.30pm – All leave for dinner

    Sunday, 7 June 2009

    10.00am – Keynote Lecture: Andrew Lycett
    “Making a painful splits of one’s life: a biographer’s reflections on Ian Fleming in fiction and reality”

    10.45am – Coffee Break

    11.15amPanel 13: Adaptations

    13.1 Pankratz, Anette,
    “The Spies Who Spoofed Him: Bond Parodies”

    13.2 Backe, Hans-Joachim,
    “Narrative Feedback: The Interplay of the James Bond Franchise and its Successors”

    01.00pm – Lunch

    02.00pmWorkshop I:

    “Teaching James Bond: Dr No”
    (Paul Lumsden)

    03.30pm – Coffee Break

    04.00pmWorkshop II

    05.45pm – End of Conference

    For complete information on ‘The Cultures of James Bond’ International Conference, visit the official Saarland University website.

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