Contemporary Directors Symposium: Sofia Coppola

Falmer, Brighton, UK, 16. May 2018.

We are pleased to announce that registration for the Contemporary Director's Symposium on the films of Sofia Coppola is now open. A schedule of the day, which includes keynote addresses from Dr Fiona Handyside (Exeter) and Dr Anna Backman Rogers (Gothenburg), is included below.

Registration is free for all attendees. However, please register at the following link:

Further information about the symposium can be found on the website:

Or you can contact the organisers, Frances Smith and Lawrence Webb

We look forward to seeing many of you there. 

Contemporary Directors Symposium: Sofia Coppola

University of Sussex, 16th May 2018

11:00 Arrival and registration (SB309)

11.20 Introduction (SB309)

11:30 Keynote 1 (SB309)
Fiona Handyside (Exeter), “Death and the Maidens: Speculating about Spectral Incognisance in Sofia Coppola’s Films”

12:30 Lunch (Social Space, 3rd Floor, Silverstone)

13:15 Panel 1: Sofia Coppola and the aesthetics of femininity (SB309)

Chair: TBC

Michelle Devereaux (Birmingham), “Oh! You Pretty Things”: Imagination, Emotion, and the Feminine Sublime in Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides”

Alexandra Grieve (Cambridge), “Style, Surveillance and Subversion: Post-feminism and Disruptive Excess in The Virgin Suicides (1999) and Marie Antoinette (2006)”

Delphine Letort (Le Mans), “Coppola’s Advertising Aesthetic and Postfeminism”

14:45 Coffee break (Social Space, 3rd Floor, Silverstone)

15:15 Panel 2: New perspectives on Sofia Coppola (SB309)

Chair: TBC

Lawrence Webb (Sussex), “Sofia Coppola: The Auteur as Curator”

Silke Roesler (Regensburg), “Sofia Coppola as a Postfeminist Auteur: a ‘Cinema of Relief’”

Michael Lawrence (Sussex), “The Reguiled: The Politics of Perspective in Coppola’s Remake”

16:45 Comfort break

17:00 Keynote 2 (SB309)
Anna Backman Rogers (Gothenburg), “‘It is dangerous to feel sorry for one’s oppressor – women are especially prone in this failing.’ Or ‘Why should I worry? I have no phallic symbol to lose.’ On Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled (2017)”

18:00 Closing discussion (SB309)

18.15 Wine reception (Social Space, 3rd Floor, Silverstone).