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Lee Van Cleef

The international conference ‘Current Thinking on the Western III’ was convened by Lee Broughton in association with Mark Goodall and the University of Bradford. The conference took place at the University of Bradford and the National Media Museum on 14-15 June 2016. Professor Sir Christopher Frayling and Alex Cox were the keynote speakers.

June 14th 2016

James Shelton, Oxford Brookes University: “We Dug Coal Together”: the Complexity of Antagonism within Justified
Esther Wright, University of WarwickThe ‘myth’ and ‘reality of the Old West’: Rockstar Games and Western Authenticity
Ivo Ritzer, University of Bayreuth, Germany“Run, White Boy, Run!”: Third-World Allegory and the South African Western
Sonja Simonyi, New York University, USASpaghetti, Goulash and Polenta: Tracing the Influence of the Italian Westerns in Socialist Era Eastern European Frontier Films
David Maguire, University of BradfordWanted Undead or Alive: George A. Romero’s Zombie Films as Neo-Westerns
Matthew Melia, Kingston UniversityAll at sea: Relocating the Western in Spielberg’s Jaws 
Sir Christopher Frayling, Professor Emeritus of Cultural History, Royal College of ArtZapata-Spaghetti: Reflections on the Italian Western and the Mexican Revolution
Geoff Mann, University of KentRoy Rogers’ Trigger Finger and the American Civil War
John White, Anglia Ruskin UniversityTrying to Ameliorate the System from Within: Delmer Daves’s Westerns from the 1950s
Ulrich Bruckner, Explosive Media, GermanyEuropean Western Movie Locations Then and Now
Marco Brunello, Brunez ComicsThe Perception of Space from Orlando Furioso to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Peter Hanley, Institute of Molecular Cell Biology, GermanyThe Shooting Locations of Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

June 15th 2016

Paul Kerr, Middlesex University“A good idea at the time”: Authorship and/or zeitgeist, the making of The Magnificent Seven
Pete Falconer, University of BristolThe Old West and the Dirty South
Alex Cox, filmmaker and Professor of Film, University of ColoradoWill the Wolf Survive?
Mark Goodall, University of BradfordThe Spaghetti Western Aesthetic in the Italian Mondo Film
Lee Broughton, University of LeedsRethinking the Representation of Gender and Race in American Exploitation Westerns from the 1960s
Thomas Moodie, University College LondonRacial Politics in Quentin Tarantino’s Satirical Westerns
Jenny Barrett, Edge Hill UniversityA Lonely, Lonely Man: the Immigrant in the Contemporary Western
Jack Weatherston, Northumbria UniversityEnvironmental Crisis and Masculine Insecurity in the Contemporary Western
Jeremy Wooding, filmmaker‘Blood Moon’: A British Horror Western

The conference was kindly supported by the Leverhulme Trust.