American Studies and City of Culture 2017

Hull's tenure as 'City of Culture' for 2017 will feature considerable involvement from the university. See the Culturenet pages for events listings. American Studies staff members are actively involved with City of Culture on several fronts and  have numerous exciting projects scheduled for 2017.

Film Events:

Digital Dystopias

Simon Willmetts is organizing a five-day film festival running from February 10 to February 14 exploring what it means to be human in the digital age. This event is in conjunction with his research for the ESRC funded project on the ethics and rights of cyber security. Tackling themes such as privacy and communication, the festival will screen one film per night starting with Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. Other films include Ghost in the Shell, HerSnowden, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Middleton Movie Mondays

Simon Willmetts and James Zborowski are collaborating with Hull Independent Cinema on a series of screenings of new and classic cult films at the newly refurbished Middleton Hall. Kicking off with Tarantino's The Hateful Eight on October 3rd 2016, the Middleton Movie Mondays take full advantage of the peerless projection technology in the auditorium.

Anthony Minghella: A Retrospective

Simon Willmetts and James Zborowski  are convening a season of films and talks celebrating the career of Anthony Minghella, one of the most famous alumnus of the University of Hull and a Hollywood legend. An Oscar-winning director, film and television producer, playwright and former lecturer, he left an astonishing legacy on screen and stage. Minghella’s former colleagues at the University of Hull will discuss his life and work alongside screenings of his award-winning films The Talented Mr. Ripley, The English Patient and Cold Mountain.


Fountain 17

Organized by Hull College of Art and Design, Fountain 17 is an exhibition project that brings together art and industry in celebrating the centenary of Marcel Duchamp’s pioneering 1917 artwork Fountain- a urinal submitted for exhibition in New York that anticipated the rise of Conceptual Art- and the bicentenary of Armitage Shanks, whose parent company Ideal Standard is based in Hull. The exhibition takes place in April 2017 at Humber Street and Kingston Art Group galleries. Barnaby Haran is editing the catalogue and overseeing the collaborative involvement of University of Hull students in setting the exhibition and a concurrent student show.

Journey to Justice

The University of Hull American Studies programme, represented by Jo Metcalf, and WISE (Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation) are in discussions with the Journey to Justice exhibition managers to bring it to Hull in September 2017. The exhibition is based on the African American Civil Rights Movement and will hopefully arrive in Hull in conjunction with the third season of its City of Culture "Freedom" season. ‘Freedom is a platform for people to create, debate, reflect and re-imagine. Hull has always attracted creative risk takers and rule breakers. It is a place that seems to inspire rebellion and freedom of thought, not bound by the conventions of others.’ (quoted on The exhibition will be tied in with discussions of social injustices and civil rights more locally. See here for details about an introductory event about the exhibition.

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