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The Afterlife of the Film Song: A One-Day Symposium

Posted: May 3rd, 2012 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The Victoria Rooms, Bristol
December 8th 2012
University of the West of England, Bristol

In association with The Soundtrack and intellect books

Abstracts are invited for twenty-minute papers to be given as part of a one-day symposium on the afterlife of film songs. Possible topics include:

  • film songs that have been re-used in later films, evoking the memory of the original, superimposing new layers of meaning, and/or introducing meanings that conflict with the song’s original associations
  • the licensing of film songs for use in conjunction with other screen media, e.g. computer games, television programmes and adverts
  • user-generated re-contextualisations of film songs, e.g. on YouTube
  • cover versions of film songs
  • film songs and karaoke
  • film-song spoofs
  • film songs and nostalgia
  • film songs and the ‘star text’
  • film songs in literature and music journalism
  • adaptations of film musicals for the stage.

Papers given at the symposium will be considered for publication in a special issue of The Soundtrack, a multidisciplinary journal that brings together research in the area of music and sound in relation to film and other moving-image media.


Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words, plus a brief author profile and contact details to [email protected]. Deadline: June 30th 2012.

If you have a query about the symposium, contact Estella Tincknell, Associate Professor in Film and Culture, [email protected].

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