Saarland University in Germany is hosting "The Cultures
of James Bond" international conference in early
The Cultures of James Bond Event
30th May 2009
An International Conference at Saarland University - June 5th
to June 7th 2009
Since his earliest appearances in print and on the screen, James
Bond has become a popular icon and has developed nothing short
of his own cultural mythology. His iconic status today may well
hide the fact that through the years, “James Bond” has
acquired very different meanings in a variety of contexts. He
has provided a screen onto which the heterogeneous desires of
nationally, culturally and socially diverse readers, viewers
and users have been projected. In addition, Bond has long become
an academic topic as well, not just in film studies, but also
and cultural studies. As a cultural phenomenon entangled in the
histories not only of Western cultures since World War II, Bond
more than merits a conference as a forum to discuss new approaches
and recent revisions.
The conference will be held at Saarland University in Saarbruecken,
Germany. Situated on the German-French border, Saarbruecken has
both Frankfurt and
Paris by the high-speed ICE train.
Keynote Lecture: James Chapman, "The Evolution of Bond;
or Five Takes on Casino Royale"
Keynote Lecture: Christoph Lindner, "The Future of James
Bond Scholarship: 007’s Nasty Habit of Surviving"
Keynote Lecture: Andrew Lycett, "Making
a Painful Split of One’s Life: A Biographer's Reflections
on Ian Fleming in Fiction and Reality"
Panel 1: Bond in Context
Chair: Enno Ruge
1.1 Barbara Korte, "Tough or Tongue-In-Cheek? Performing
Bond under Changing Notions of Heroism"
1.2 Cordula Lemke, "Shaken, and not stirred": James
Panel 2: Nationality and Class
Chair: Lena Steveker
2.1 Luc Shankland, "James Bond's National Identity: A Matter
2.2 Khelifa Ben, Nadja & Jörg Sternagel, "Britishness
and Scottish Identity
in Early Bond Films: A Postcolonial Reflection"
2.3 Christine Berberich, "In Her Majesty’s Special
Englishness and the Subversion of the Gentleman Ideal"
Panel 3: Formula Fiction?
Chair: Christoph Lindner
3.1 Georgia Christinidis, "Of Human Bondage? Identity, Continuity
Verisimilitude in James Bond and Doctor Who"
3.2 Anthony Metivier, "Is James Bond a Serial Killer?"
3.3 Stephan Laqué, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service?
Panel 4: Intertexts
Chair: Joachim Frenk
4.1 Amy C. Billone, " Live and Let Die: James Bond, Peter
Pan, Dorian Gray and the Tragedy of Eternal Youth"
4.2 Joyce Goggin, "Diamonds are Forever and the Vegas Film
Panel 5: Contemporary Bond
Chair: James Chapman
5.1 Alessandro Catania, "Bond Just Bond: Daniel Craig 007’s
5.2 Abigail De Kosnik, "M Stands for Mother: James Bond
Family Romance in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace"
Panel 6: Gender
Chair: Arlette Warken
6.1 Dan Ward, "'I Sized You Up The Moment I Saw You': Masculinity
Male Body Objectification in Casino Royale"
6.2 Stefani Brusberg-Kiermeier, "Bond Girls or Bond Women?
Construction of Evil Femininity for the Female Villains in the
Panel 7: Popular Culture
Chair: Christian Krug
7.1 Monika Seidl, "One Silhouette is not enough: The World
of Key Art
and James Bond"
7.2 Lena Steveker, "007 meets Van Helsing: James Bond and
7.3 André Nimtz, "All Bonds Unleashed: Musical Bondness
Functions Within and Beyond the Films"
Panel 8: New Bonds
Chair: Enno Ruge
8.1 Tobias Hochscherf, "From Gentleman Spy to Hardboiled
Reinvention of James Bond after 9/11"
8.2 Michael Latteck, "Trickling Down: Water Metaphors and
Economy in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace"
8.3 Keren Omry, "An Authentic Body in Flux: Technology of
in the New Bond"
Panel 9: Space & Tourism
Chair: Barbara Korte
9.1 Claus-Ulrich Viol, "Quantum of Smoothness. Bond and
9.2 Susanne Schmid, "From the Costa del Sol to the Moon:
James Bond's Tourist Locations"
9.3 Kirsten A. Sandrock, "Bond's Alter-Ego: Ian Fleming
as 007 in Thrilling Cities"
Panel 10: Adaptations
Chair: Joachim Frenk & Christian Krug
10.1 Anette Pankratz, "The Spies Who Spoofed Him: Bond Parodies"
10.2 Hans-Joachim Backe, "Narrative Feedback: The Interplay
of the James Bond Franchise and its Successors"
10.3 Sonja Fielitz, "Something is out of Joint: Tracing
the Ghosts of Fleming's 'Blofeld Trilogy'"
Workshop I: (with Paul Lumsden) "Teaching James Bond: Dr
Workshop II: (with Abigail DeKosnik) "Craig Bond: Masculinities
Visit the official
event website for further information.