The international symposium ‘Current Thinking on the Western II’ was convened by Lee Broughton at the University of Leeds on 24 March 2015. Professor Cynthia J. Miller was the keynote speaker.

The Grand Duel

Timothy Hughes, Royal Holloway, University of London: ‘Arenas of Authenticity: Junior Bonner (1972) and the Tragic Dialectics of the Modern Western’
Mikela Fotiou, University of Glasgow: ‘Sweet Bunch: An Appropriated, Hybrid, Greek Western’
Tolga Gurocak, Afyon Kocatepe University (Turkey): ‘Western elements in the post-1990 non-Western films directed by Clint Eastwood’
Cynthia J. Miller, Emerson College (USA): ‘The Fantastic Frontier: Sixguns and Spectacle in the Hybrid Western’
Mark Goodall, University of Bradford: ‘Spaghetti Sounds: the sonic landscape of the Italian Western’
Geoff Mann, University of Kent: ‘Initial notes on the pre-War international dimension to cowboy music’
Christa van Raalte, Bournemouth University: ‘There’s no Business like Show Business – Drag, Camp and the Masquerade in the Western Musical’
Jenny Barrett, Edge Hill University: ‘The Man Who Knows War: American Civil War Westerns and Masculinity at the Frontier’
Lee Broughton, University of Leeds: ‘The Civil War, civil rights and Lee Frost’s The Scavengers (1969)’
Thomas Klein, University of Hamburg (Germany): ‘Quality TV and New Perspectives on the American Past: Deadwood and Hell on Wheels

The symposium was kindly supported by the Leverhulme Trust.