Conference schedule


16.00-18.00                Early registration available (Queens Building, café area)

18.45 –                         Conference organisers will be in the Imperial Pub for drinks  / evening food if any early arrivals wish to join (New N Rd, Exeter EX4 4AH)



9.00-9.30                    Registration (Queens reception entrance area) Tea, coffee, pasties and fruit juice (Queens MR1 

9.30-9.45                    Welcome and housekeeping (Queens LT2)

9.45-10.45                  Keynote 1:

                                   Professor Maryanne Dever

                                   ‘On Britney Spears’ Shopping List’

                                   (Queens LT2) Chair: Lisa Stead

10.45-10.55                Comfort Break

10.55-12.35                Panels A and B


Panel A: Reframing & Retelling via the Archive (Queens MR2&3)

Chair: Becky Rae

Ana Maria Sapountzi (University of St Andrews) ‘“Olivier’s Heathcliffe is the man…Heaven-sent to Bronte and to Goldwyn!” The Gothic Origins of Laurence Olivier’s Hollywood Stardom’

Anthea Taylor (University of Syndey) ‘”The Feminist Archive and/as Performative Practice: Celebrity, Agency, and Germaine Greer’s curatorial practices’

Jennifer Voss (De Montfort University) ‘Magazines, Mythologies and the “Mad Silent Star”: Using the Archive to Reframe Women’s Experiences in Early Hollywood’

Šárka Gmiterková (Masaryk University) ‘Endangered stardom? Archival research of star careers in the communist Czechoslovakia’


Panel B: Archiving Press and Publicity (Queens LT2)

Chair: James Downs

Linn Lönroth (Stockholm University) ‘The Making of Preston Sturges’ Stock Company of Characters Actors’

Sarah Rahman Niazi (University of Westminster) ‘Film Fairies of Bombay: Producing stardom through archival ephemera from the Urdu public sphere in India (1930-50)

Robert Shail (Leeds Beckett University) ‘Press Books and the Construction of Stardom in 1960s British Cinema: A Case Study from the BFI Archives’

Cathy Lomax (Queen Mary, University of London) ‘Joan Crawford for Eve of Roma: Looking at materials in a later-life archive’


12.35-13.30                Lunch (Queens MR1)

13.30-14.45                Panels C and D


Panel C: (British) Stars in the Archives (Queens LT2)

Chair: Helen Hanson

Andrew Spicer (UWE, Bristol) ‘Assembling an Archive: Sean Connory’

Llewella Chapman (University of East Anglia) ‘“You agree to cast to budget”: Using the Film Finances Archive to understand the cost of stardom in British films’

James Chapman (University of Leicester) ‘“Not to step upon Peter Sellers’ all-too tender toes”: Film Finances and the star-as-director’


Panel D: Making Visible (Queens MR2&3)

Chair: Ellen Wright

Lies Lanckman (University of Hertfordshire) ‘The Conversion of Mrs Thalberg: Rediscovering Norma Shearer in the Yiddish press’

Ciara McKay (The University of Edinburgh) ‘“Perfect Ladies” are Seldom Interesting’: Reclaiming Irene Dunne’s Stardom from the Archives, 1930-35’

[standing in] Lisa Stead (University of Exeter) ‘Scarlett O’Hara in the South West: curatorial histories and localised star legacies’


14.45-15.00                Tea, coffee and comfort break (Queens MR1)

15.00-16.30                Panels E and F


Panel E: Gaps, Challenges and New Archival Methodologies (Queens LT2)

Chair: Michael Williams

Melanie Williams (University of East Anglia) ‘How do you solve a problem like Diana? Exploring the intermedial stardom of Diana Dors through archival fragments’

Pamela Hutchinson (Freelance writer and film historian), ‘Reading the stones: film star graves and memorials’

James Downs (University of Exeter) ‘Paper trails, masks and mirrors: the archival quest for an elusive biographical subject: Anton Walbrook’

Panel F: Image and Persona through the Archive (Queens MR2&3)

Chair: Amelia Seely

Claire Smith and Wendy Russell (British Film Institute) ‘Framing the Star Persona: rethinking curatorial practices within the BFI Photographic collection’

Polly Rose (University of Bristol) ‘Buster Keaton as editor’

Laura Milburn (University of Birmingham) ‘Noel Coward on Star Quality: “I don’t know what it is, but I’ve got it”’


16.30-16.45                Comfort Break

16.45-18.00                Panels G and H


Panel G: Archives and Fandom (Queens MR2&3)

Chair: Phil Wickham

Ellen Wright (De Montfort University) ‘Star Products, Star Capital, Fan Markets: Examining 1940s British film stardom through fan club publications’

Michael Williams (University of Southampton) ‘“I HATE the Orange Color of these Candles”: Hearing Queer Voices in the Film Fan-Magazine Archive’


Panel H: Cary Grant and the Archive (Queens LT2)

Chair: Helen Hanson

Kathrina Glitre (UWE Bristol) ‘Productive Tensions: Star labour, Night and Day (1946) and the Warner Bros. Archive

Charlotte Crofts (UWE Bristol) ‘Localising Cary Grant: Cary Comes Home Festival and Bristol as Living Archive’


18.00-18.15                Comfort break

18.15-19.00                Wine reception (Reed Hall)

19.00-21.00                Conference dinner (Reed Hall)




9.30-10.00                  Tea, coffee, pasties and fruit juice (Queens MR1) 

10.00-11.00                Keynote 2: Dr. Lucy Bolton

                                   ‘A Theorist Loose in the Archives of Vivien Leigh, Marilyn

                                   Monroe and Iris Murdoch’

                                   (Queens LT2). Chair: Lisa Stead

11.00-11.10                Comfort break

11.10-12.45                Panels J and K


Panel J: Regional Stars, Regional Archives (Queens LT2)

Chair: Melanie Williams

Yektanurşin Duyan (Mardin Artuklu University) ‘“My House Is The Museum of Filiz Akin”: The Fandom of Film Stars in Turkey’

Claire Mortimer (Film Historian and Educator) ‘National Treasures in the regional archive: reconstructing the wartime stardom of Gert and Daisy’

Caroline Langhorst (De Montfort University) ‘Looking for Milland and Burton in Port Talbot, Hollywood and Beyond: Researching Transnational Male Stardom and Its (Waning) Legacy’

Panel K: Vivien Leigh and the Archive (Queens MR2&3)

Chair: Lisa Stead

Denise Mok (University of Toronto) ‘“Starry-eyed with Scissors”: the Vivien Leigh Scrapbooks in the Edith Nadajewski (Star) Scrapbook Collection at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Film Reference Library of Canada’

Georgia Brown (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘“Had a baby – a girl”: The Vivien Leigh (Appointment) Diaries’

Vicky Haddock (Zenzie Tinker Conservation / RAMM), ‘Glamour: The Influence of Vivien Leigh’s Film Costumes on Dressmaking Patterns of the 1930s and 1940s’


12.45-13.30                Lunch (Queens MR1)


The Reframing Vivien Leigh project launch and exhibition event will follow in the Digital Humanities Lab, Queens Building. The exhibition will be open from 1pm with talks starting at 2pm.