Event: State of the Nation in Film and Television

A one-day conference exploring how film and television represent modern society.

Date: 03 July 2024

How might we illustrate, explore, and begin to define the ‘state of the nation’ film and television text? This free online conference invites consideration of these questions.

The contours of the genre and tropes are fluid, and often the term is retrospectively ascribed. Does the ‘state of the nation’ text capture the zeitgeist? Shine a light on issues and inequities? Offer public commentary?

A key characteristic of the ‘state of the nation’ text is, arguably, to seek to do justice to the varying politico-socio-cultural conflicts characteristic of the period.

Can we still speak of the ‘state of the nation’ in such globalised times? What of regionality and the local? What of the state of the world text recognising no borders?

The conference will explore these issues across various periods, genres, and national localities.

Conference details

The conference will begin at 9am British Summer Time (GMT+1) and close at 6pm on Wednesday 3 July.

Keynote speaker: Professor Andrew Higson

Please book a free ticket here – an online link will be sent via email shortly before the start of the conference.

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Questions? Ask the conference convenors:

  • Jon Baldwin at j.baldwin@londonmet.ac.uk
  • Dr Jeremy Collins at j.collins@londonmet.ac.uk