For full information, go to

Proposals due Friday, January 3, 2003

Keynote speaker:      Mikita Brottman
Maryland Institute College of Art
Author of Offensive Films: Toward an Anthropology of Cinema Vomitif
(Greenwood, 1997) and editor of Car Crash
Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002)

"Born to Be Bad" returns after its successful weekend in May 2002 of
speakers, films, and lively discussions on "trash," "cult," and
"exploitation" films. This three-day international conference will
return in May 2003 to join scholars, film makers, and industry
specialists of "trash cinema" from any decade or genre. We invite
papers from a broad range of topics on trash films including horror,
monster movies, science fiction, spaghetti westerns,
sexploitation, blaxploitation, prison films, sex comedies, porn, and
the like.  We also encourage papers that discuss the role of
spectatorship in the contexts of the drive-in, second-run theaters,
video stores, cable tv, ebay,
trading websites, and fanzines to name but a few. In honor of
Mother's Day, May 11, we also welcome any papers that may deal with
sexual mothers, monstrous mothers, etc.

The tentative schedule includes publicly shown films on the evenings
of May 9, 10, and 11 at the Pacific Film Archive Theater, and the
conference will be held on Saturday, May 10, with the possible
addition of talks on the 11th.

We invite proposals for papers of 20 minutes including the time for
film clips.  Please send a 500-word abstract, with the paper title,
your name, address and affiliation, email address, and a 1-2 page
cv.  Please indicate whether you will show film clips and the format
(VHS or DVD, NTSC or PAL).  We also welcome film suggestions for the
evening screenings.  Email submissions are preferred.

Contact Information:
Tamao Nakahara
Department of Italian Studies
6303 Dwinelle, #2620
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2620
phone: 510-527-6915
email: [log in to unmask]

Paper proposals due: January 3, 2003
Notification of accepted papers: January 27, 2003
Paper drafts due:  April 21, 2003