Current Thinking on the Western III
June 14-15, 2016
University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK.
A conference convened by Dr Lee Broughton (Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow,
University of Leeds) with Dr Mark Goodall (University of Bradford).
Professor Sir Christopher Frayling (Professor Emeritus of Cultural History, Royal
College of Art).
Alex Cox (filmmaker (Repo Man, Straight to Hell, Walker, Sid and Nancy) and
academic practitioner, University of Colorado).
The conference will incorporate a special 50th anniversary celebration and screening
of Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) that will be presented in
collaboration with the National Media Museum in Bradford on the evening of 14th
This special screening event will include
i) An introduction to the film by Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, author of
Spaghetti Westerns: Cowboys and Europeans from Karl May to Sergio Leone (1981),
Sergio Leone: Something to Do with Death (2000) and Sergio Leone: Once Upon a
Time in Italy (2005).
ii) A roundtable and Q&A featuring Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, Alex Cox
(filmmaker and author of 10,000 Ways to Die: A Director’s Take on the Spaghetti
Western (2009)), Ulrich Bruckner (President of Explosive Media home entertainment
and author of For a Few Corpses More: The Spaghetti Western from its Beginnings to
Today (2006)) and Jeremy Wooding (filmmaker and director of the cult Western
Blood Moon (2014)).
2015-16 is proving to be a significant year for the Western. The Hateful Eight, The
Revenant and Bone Tomahawk have all enjoyed critical success and there is every
indication that we may be about to enter a period of renewed public interest in the
genre. As ever, the genre in all of its multifarious forms continues to inspire new and
fruitful avenues of academic research.
This two-day event seeks to draw together international scholars of all levels
(independent scholars, postgraduate research students, early career researchers &
established researchers) and media practitioners whose work engages with the
Western on film.
Call for Papers
Proposals (around 250 words in length) are invited for 20 minute papers concerning
any aspect of current research or professional practice relating to Western genre films
but the following areas are of particular interest:
US Civil War related Westerns
Westerns made since 2000
The Western on TV
The music of the Western
Gender in the West
Papers can relate to American/Hollywood Westerns or those produced beyond the
USA (Italian, German, British, South American, Australian, etc).
Proposals - accompanied by a brief biography - should be sent to:
Dr Lee Broughton: L.Broughton@leeds.ac.uk and
Dr Mark Goodall: M.Goodall@bradford.ac.uk
Deadline for proposals: Monday April 11, 2016
Lee Broughton, University of Leeds