An Interdisciplinary Conference on Spoilers

Країна: Швейцарія

Місто: Zurich

Тези до: 30.06.2021

Дати: 18.03.22 — 19.03.22

Область наук: Мистецтвознавство;

Е-мейл Оргкомітету:

Організатори: Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies University of Zurich


Proposals may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • The prehistory of the modern spoiler. For example, how did spoilers affect 19th-century serials? What about famous examples like the Agatha Christie play The Mousetrap or Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho where the audience was asked not to reveal the final twist?
  • When and how exactly did the modern spoiler emerge? What role did online media play in its rise?
  • The psychology of the spoiler. What does empirical research tell us about the (cognitive and emotional) effect of spoilers?
  • Spoilers and narration. What is the relationship between complex narration and the rise of spoiler panic?
  • Spoilers and series/franchising. Today’s TV series and mega franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe seem especially prone to spoiling. Why is that so? And what role do spoilers play in the promotion of these franchises?
  • Spoilers and genres. Spoilers seem to affect certain genres more than others. What is the reason for this? Can science fiction films be spoiled more easily than social dramas? And are spoilers restricted to fiction, or can nonfiction forms be spoiled as well? 
  • Spoilers and fan cultures. How do different fan communities deal with spoilers?
  • How do spoilers affect the way we talk about stories? How has the fear of spoilers changed the job of the film or literary critic? How do we deal with spoilers in the classroom?

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