Friday 29 May 2015

Dr Lorna Jowett

The University of Northampton’s Dr Lorna Jowett recently attended and presented at ‘I’ll See You Again in 25 Years’: The Return of Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult TV, a conference hosted by the University of Salford at Media City UK.

Keynote speakers included Professor David Lavery (Middle Tennessee State University, USA), Cristina Alvarez (Barcelona based independent video artist) and Dr Adrian Martin (Monash University, Australia) and delegates came from a range of countries across Europe and further afield.

Dr Jowett, a Reader in Television Studies, presented a plenary paper titled ‘Nightmare in Red: Twin PeaksParody, Homage, Intertextuality and Mashup’, which was based on a chapter in the forthcoming collection from Palgrave, Return to Twin Peaks: New Approaches to Materiality, Theory & Genre on Television, edited by Catherine Spooner and Jeffrey Weinstock, due out later this year.

Dr Jowett commented: “The recent debates about the relaunching of Twin Peaks on Showtime, and especially about David Lynch’s involvement in it, really created a great atmosphere for the conference. There were a range of papers looking at different aspects of Twin Peaks, from its influence on current TV series, to fan practices, and TV creativity—as well as a coffee and pie reception.”

To catch up with the conversation, use #twinpeaksconf or @Twinpeaksconf. View the conference programme on Dr Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs’ blog. ​

Twin Peaks Conference poster

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