Programme for the two-day “I’ll See you in 25 years”: Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult TV conference to be held at the University of Salford, 21-22 May.

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Registration is still open for the two-day “I’ll See you in 25 years”: Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult TV conference to be held at the University of Salford, 21-22 May.

Registration details can be found here (deadline: 17 May):

Programme details for the conference can be found below.

Please also note that colleagues not attending the 2-day event can instead attend An Evening with Twin Peaks on Thursday evening, 21 May. The evening will comprise of:
· An airing of the recent BBC Radio 4 Twin Peaks documentary, followed by a Q&A with the documentary’s producer, Dave James, and its presenter, Danny Leigh (Film 2015).
· Dr Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López’s audio-visual essay: “Lynch/Bowie: Outside Twin Peaks”

Tickets for this evening event can be purchased here:

(Delegates for the 2-day conference are not required to buy these evening event tickets.)

Provisional Programme for 2-day conference

Thursday 21st of May

9.00-9.45: Registration and coffee MCUK Foyer

9.45-10.00: Welcome from Professor Karl Dayson Digital Performance Lab

10.00-11.20: First Keynote Digital Performance Lab
Professor David Lavery (Middle Tennessee State University): “Twin Peaks’ Vision (‘as distinguished from a dream which is mere sorting and cataloging of the day’s events by the subconscious, . . . fresh and clear as a mountain stream—the mind revealing itself to itself’) and the Discovery of Television Creativity”

11.30-1.00: Plenary Panel Session 1 Digital Performance Lab

Twin Peaks Fandom and Fan Cultures
· Dr Lorna Jowett (University of Northampton): “Nightmare in Red: Twin Peaks Parody, Homage and Mash-up”
· Dr Katriina Heljakka (University of Turku): “Re-playing Twin Peaks: Toys, fans and photoplay in tributes to a cult series”
· Dr Matt Jacobsen (Queen Mary University of London): “My Super-Sweet Twin Peaks Party: Articulations of Fan Identity in the Television-themed House Party”

1.00-2.00: Lunch MCUK Foyer
Red Room Audiovisuals The Egg

2.00-3.30 Panel Sessions 2A and 2B Rooms 3.17/3.18

Panel 2A: David Lynch and Television Auteurism Room 3.17
· Dr Stacy Abbot (University of Roehampton): “‘Doing Weird Things for the Sake of Being Weird’: Directing Twin Peaks”
· Andreas Halskov (Aarhus University / Copenhagen University): “Lynching TV: David Lynch and TV Auteurism”
· Dr Lindsay Hallam (University of East London): “‘Brilliant! …I have no idea what is going on’: Season 2, Episode 1 and the Television Auteur”

Panel 2B: Death, Symbolism and the Sublime Room 3.18
· Dr Maggie Scott (University of Salford): “The Names are Not What They Seem: Onomastics and the non-neutrality of language in Twin Peaks”
· Dr Linnie Blake (Manchester Metropolitan University): “Gothic Rapture in the Hysterical Sublime?: Twin Peaks and the Origins of Neoliberal Gothic TV”
· Felix Kirschbacher (University of Mannheim): “‘Where Pies Go When They Die’: Serialized Death in Twin Peaks”

3.30-4.00: Coffee break

4.00-5.00: Panels 3A and 3B Rooms 3.17/3.18

Panel 3A: Intertextuality and Intermediality Room 3.17
· Dr Shaila García-Catalán (Universitat Jaume I) and Dr Iván Bort Gual (Centre d’Ensenyament Superior Alberta Giménez): “Twin Peaks, the Place Where it all Began: The heritage of Laura Palmer”
· Leticia Capanema (Sao Paulo Catholic University): “The transversal montage in Twin Peaks”

Panel 3B: Strategies of Representation Room 3.18
· Geoff Bil (University of British Columbia): “‘A sort of evil out there’: Indigenous Appropriation and Surrealist Representation, Twenty-Five Years Later”
· Travis Wagner (University of South Carolina): “‘Freedom! We Don’t Have to Go Anywhere’: Gender, Disability and Movement in David Lynch’s The Amputee and Twin Peaks”

5.00-6.45: Pie and Coffee Reception Love Conquers All

7.00-9.30: An Evening of Twin Peaks Digital Performance Lab
· BBC Radio documentary Q And A with Danny Leigh and Dave James Chair: Dr Kirsty Fairclough (7.00-8.00)
· Second Keynote: Dr Adrian Martin (Monash University) and Cristina Álvarez López (Independent Researcher): “Lynch/Bowie: Outside Twin Peaks” (8.00-9.30)

Friday 22nd of May

9.00-9.30: Coffee MCUK Foyer

9.30-11.00: Panel 4 Plenary Digital Performance Lab

Television Mise-en-scène and Space
· Professor Jennifer Gillan (Bentley University): “Creative Differences: Set Design, Creative Control, and Linear TV from David Lynch and Bryan Fuller”
· Dr Fran Pheasant-Kelly (University of Wolverhampton): “Subverted Spaces in Twin Peaks: From Body to Home”
· Dr Catherine Spooner (Lancaster University): “‘Wrapped in plastic’: David Lynch’s material girls”

11.00-11.30: Coffee Break MCUK Foyer

11.30-1.00: Panels 5A and 5B Rooms 3.17/3.18

Panel 5A: Affect, Movement and Performance Room 3.17
· Dr Steven Peacock (University of Hertfordshire): “‘One day the sadness will end’: Crying in Twin Peaks”
· Dr Alanna Thain (McGill University): “Quirks and Quarks: Twin Peaks’ Dance Recitals”
· Teresa Forde (University of Derby): “Performing Genres in Twin Peaks”

Panel 5B: Psychoanalytic Readings of Twin Peaks Room 3.18
· Dr Allister Mactaggart (Chesterfield College): “Shattered Time: Television and the Traumatic Return to Twin Peaks”
· Dr Mirt Komel (University of Ljubljana): “‘Is It Happening Again?’: Twin Peaks and Repetition”
· Dr Ben Tyrer (Kings College London): “Modes of Extimacy: Inside the Outside in Twin Peaks”

1.00-2.00: Lunch MCUK Foyer
Red Room Audiovisuals The EGG

2.00-3.30: Panels 6A and 6B Rooms 3.17/3.18
Panel 6A: The Return of Twin Peaks Room 3.17
· Dr Ross Garner (Cardiff University): “Twin Peaks and the ‘dispersed’ Anniversary”
· Dr Mona Pedersen (Hedmark University College) and Dr Gry Cecilie Rustad (Hedmark University College): “Experiencing Twin Peaks: Addressing diversity in viewing 25 years of quality TV”
· Dr Rebecca Williams (University of South Wales): “The Resurrection of Twin Peaks: Fan Identity, Ontological Security and Authorship”

Panel 6B: Trans-Sensory Sonic Techniques Room 3.18
· Dr Michael Goddard (University of Salford): “Telephone, Voice Recorder, Phonograph: Towards a Media Archaeology of Sonic Technologies in Twin Peaks”
· Luke Harrison (University of Salford): “Sonic Mystery in Twin Peaks”
· Michelle Morris (University of Salford): “‘F**K the Average Viewer’: The ‘trans-sensory’ season two finale of Twin Peaks and its impact on post-network quality TV drama.”

3.40-4.10: Closing Plenary Remarks Rooms 3.17/3.18

4.10: End

Published by kirstyfairclough

Kirsty Fairclough is Reader in Screen Studies at the School of Digital Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University and Chair of Manchester Jazz Festival. She has published widely on popular culture and am the co-editor of The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop (Routledge), The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment (Bloomsbury) and Music/Video: Forms, Aesthetics, Media. New York, (Bloomsbury) and author of the forthcoming Beyoncé: Celebrity Feminism and Popular Culture (I.B Tauris) and co-author of American Cinema: A Contemporary Introduction (Palgrave). Her work has been published in Senses of Cinema, Feminist Media Studies, SERIES and Celebrity Studies journals and she has made several television and radio appearances. Kirsty has lectured internationally on popular culture, feminism and representations of women most notably at The Royal College of Music, Stockholm, The University of Copenhagen, Second City, Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Middle Tennessee State University, Unisinos Brazil and Bucknell University, Pennsylvania. She has significant experience in international partnership development, particularly in North America and developed the Salford Popular Culture Conference series with international partner universities, including I’ll See You Again in 25 Years, Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult Television: A Two Day International Conference (University of Salford, May 2015) and Mad Men: The Conference (Middle Tennessee State University, May 2016) and Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince, a three day international academic conference hosted by the School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK and the Department of Recording Industry, Middle Tennessee State University, USA.

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