James Dean: International Legend

Country: United Kingdom

City: Coventry

Abstr. due: 30.12.2015

Dates: 30.09.15 — 01.10.15

Area Of Sciences: History and archeology;

Organizing comittee e-mail: j.e.smyth@warwick.ac.uk

Organizers: Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick (UK)


The Humanities Research Centre invites paper proposals for an interdisciplinary conference on actor, image, and global screen icon, James Dean. The two-day conference will be held at the University of Warwick's Institute for Advanced Study on September 30th and October 1st, 2015, 60 years after Dean’s death.


We are looking for a range of international scholars to discuss James Dean’s work in theatre, television, and cinema; his career at Warner Bros. and influence on the script and casting of Rebel Without a Cause (1955); his impact on audiences in the United States and internationally; his global star image and history from the early 1950s to the present; the postmodern ‘return’ of Dean’s image within discourses of nostalgia and kitsch; oral history and memory; star documentaries; global marketing, exploitation, and copyright law. We are especially interested in archival research relating to his theatre, film, and television performances; the racial, ethnic, class, and gender dimensions of his star image; and topics in authorship, ownership, and entertainment law.


The conference is hosted by the Humanities Research Centre and the Department of History at the University of Warwick. A programme of James Dean’s film and television work will be screened at the Warwick Arts Centre as part of the conference.

Conference Web-Site: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/research/conferences/james_dean/