Tuesday 30th March 2010, 10am – 5pm
Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester

Co-ordinated by Dr Victoria Lowe (University of Manchester) and Dr Martin Shingler (University of Sunderland).

Confirmed speakers include:
Prof. Ginette Vincendeau (Kings College London)
Prof. Richard Dyer (Kings College London )
Toby Jones (Truman Capote in Infamous [2006])

In film studies, stars are often defined primarily in terms of their image, an approach that crucially neglects the contribution of an actor’s voice to their star identity and their appeal for audiences. This symposium seeks to build and advance research on film stars by inviting a range of film scholars, including some leading exponents of star studies, to address and examine the issue of the voice within the promotion, performance and critical reception of film stars (both historical and contemporary).

The day will include papers delivered by our keynote speakers but will also provide scheduled time in order to stimulate debate on issues raised by the papers and discuss avenues for further research. Manchester University Press has expressed an interest in a publication arising from this event.

The symposium is FREE but places need to be booked through the Conference Administrator by email at Hannah.Mansell@manchester.ac.uk

Find out more at the website:
http://www.arts.manchester.ac.uk/subjectareas/drama/research/conferencesandfestivals/star_voices.htm

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