We have been made aware of the fact that several of the streets surrounding Avenue campus will be shut on the day of the conference due to the charity event Race for Life. We have been in touch with both the university’s security team and the police in order to find out which streets will still be in operation and the best ways to maintain access to Avenue campus. We have also attached a map (see link  Race for Life roads) given to us by the police to indicate which roads around Avenue campus are shut, and which are open.

For those of you who were going to drive to Avenue campus, we now ask that you drive to Highfield campus (University Road, Southampton, SO17 1BJ) and park behind building 44 and 46 Parking map.  Alternative parking can be found on Nile Road, Heatherdeane Road and Khartoum Road.  These are not university roads and have Mon-Fri 8am-5pm parking restrictions on them. The conference being on a weekend, however, means that these roads can be used to park on if there is space. We would add that you will only be able to drive to these roads coming from the east down Highfield Lane (A3035).
This link provides a map with directions from Highfield campus to Avenue campus for those parking there or getting off at the Unilink interchange and walking to Avenue campus.
We hope that you find this information of use. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


All of the rooms are equipped with a windows operating system lectern. If you are a Mac user you are advised to bring your own laptop and connecting wires.

We are able to show region 2 DVDS on these lecterns. If you have DVDs that are not region 2 you are advised to bring your own laptop and connecting wires.

Any questions or problems please get in contact asap.


Due to the volume of submissions received it is taking us a little longer than originally planned to make the final decisions. Please bear with us, we will send notifications as soon as possible and respond to those who submitted accordingly. Many thanks.

Keynote Speaker: prof. Yvonne Tasker

We are glad to announce that prof. Yvonne Tasker from the University of East Anglia will give a keynote talk entitled “Genre beyond Hollywood: Exploring Action Cinema in a Global Context”.



While action and adventure exemplify Hollywood genre cinema, action also operates in transnational patterns of production, distribution and consumption; continuing to predominate at the box office, traditions of action and adventure have significantly shaped and even defined the contemporary blockbuster.   In their hybrid character, action genres also provide something of a limit case for genre theory.  The presence of an action aesthetic and the widespread deployment of action sequences (beyond films that can clearly be described as “action”) lend a particular character to a film experience which is clearly generic: known and very much recognisable, yet retaining the meaningful intensity of the familiar made new.  And yet the very pervasive quality of such techniques, their presence across cinema history and distinct national traditions, works against the ways in which genre has tended to be specified – whether through reference to iconography, setting, narrative patterns or other recurrent features.   It is also this lack of specificity to action (and adventure) that underpins its transnational character, its flexibility across a range of national cinema contexts.

This paper explores action cinema in a global context.  Using examples from different moments in film history and drawing on different national cinemas, it asks whether thinking about action helps us to understand the work of genre in – and beyond – Hollywood cinema.   In turn the paper also asks how the attempt to take account of these transnational dimensions of action might reframe the scholarship which considers action in relation to cultural hierarchies of gender, race and ethnicity.

Yvonne Tasker is Professor of Film  in the School of Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia . Her teaching and research interests include gender and genre in contemporary cinema, questions of race and sexuality in popular culture and action and adventure narratives. She is the author of Soldiers’ Stories: Military Women in Cinema and Television since World War II (2011), Action and Adventure Cinema (2004) and Spectacular Bodies: Gender, Genre and the Action Cinema (1994).

Call for Papers

Genre Beyond Hollywood is a one-day postgraduate conference to be held on 8th July 2012 in Avenue Campus, University of Southampton with the support of the Film Studies Department and the Faculty of Humanities..

The aim of this conference is to investigate genre theory in European and World cinema contexts. Film genres, regardless of their points of origin (geographically, culturally, or theoretically), are always subject to a multitude of influences; this hybridity not only results in the shaping and reshaping of existing genres but also in the emergence of new ones. This conference wants to investigate what happens when genre theory, which has been developed mainly in response to dominant Hollywood paradigms, is applied to non-Hollywood cinema industries of the world.

Alongside concepts of authorship, gender and national identity, genre has been one of the main categories within film studies to make sense of cinematic texts and their reception among audiences. This conference offers an opportunity to postgraduates and early career researchers to extend the borders of genre theory beyond Hollywood. Our event takes into consideration theoretical and methodological challenges, as well as geographical, cultural, political and economic implications.

Topics for papers on European and World cinemas might include, but are not limited to:

  • Mapping and tracing genres across different European and World cultures in terms of their historical development.

  • Genre hybridity and the emergence of sub-genres outside Hollywood.

  • Cultural (national) specificity and its role in the creation of film genres.

  • Cross-cultural reception of genres.

  • Contemporary genre theory and non-western cinema.

Abstracts submission

Deadline: 15th February 2012

All abstracts to be sent to

Abstracts for 20 min. papers should be limited to 300 words. Please also include details of your institution and a short biography. Any queries may be directed to the email address above.