Exploring Film Genres
How do we define genre? When is a film a genre film? How do we categorize films
into genres? These are just some of the questions which will be addressed in
this workshop. The first part of the workshop focuses on the concept of film
genre itself and participants will examine the usefulness of genre as a
historical marker and taxonomic system for understanding film and film
conventions. In the second half of the workshop, participants will examine
specific film genres including classical and post-classical Hollywood film,
film noir, the western, wuxia martial arts, as well as number of
other significant genres. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a
working knowledge of key concepts of genre theory and an understanding of the
dominant features of a number of popular film genres.
Dr. Nick Mercer received his doctorate in English, Communication and Cultural
Studies from the University of Western Australia in 2008. His thesis explored
the intersections between cinema, consciousness and Continental philosophy. Dr.
Mercer has published articles on film and cyberculture and given numerous papers
on cultural theory and cinema at leading international conferences. He is
currently the teaching coordinator of Literature in the Humanities Programme in
the Centre for Scholastic Excellence (CSE) at Hwa Chong Institution. Dr. Mercer
has been endeavouring to develop learning environments that integrate
Literature/Language Arts education with film and media pedagogy.
16 Mar 2009 (Mon)
9:30am – 1:00pm
$110 ($100 for early bird discount, incl. tea break)
Venue: : Singapore Management University (SMU)
School of Economics & Social Sciences Classroom 5.4 (Level 5)
90 Stamford Road Singapore 178903
To register, please fill up the
it back to us.
As tea will be catered, we would appreciate it if you register by 2 March 2009
(for the early bird discount).
An acknowledgement email will be sent upon confirmation of registration.
Fax: 6543 1643
Contact Person: Ethan Yeo or Jia Yun
Tel: 6777 3243
Note: An invoice can be prepared for collection on the day itself. Payment
should be made by cheque (payable to Asian Film Archive) or GIRO (through Asian
Film Archive’s account with MOE). A penalty of the full cost of the workshop(s)
will be imposed on participants who registered but did not attend the
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