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Forms and Feelings of Kinship in the Contemporary World

Date: Saturday 27th April 2024 (10am - 5pm)

Location: Wolfson Research Exchange, University of Warwick (in-person)

Keynote speaker: Professor Janet Carsten (University of Edinburgh)

Provisional Programme

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About the Conference

How can kinship studies shed light on the representation of kinship on screen? How can what we see on-screen offer new materials and perspectives from which to investigate kinship? This one-day conference aims to provide a platform for the intersection between screen studies and kinship studies. It invites ten researchers from both anthropology and film and media studies to address multiple audio-visual texts of kinship, ranging from fiction to documentary, from arthouse film to popular genres, and from West to East.

From both non-human and ecological perspectives, in what ways can we make kin? What are the new visions of queer families and communities in terms of today’s geopolitics? How are kin ties utilised as narrative devices for cinematic genres and what might this be symptomatic of? All these questions will be discussed in the conference, challenging a rigid vision of kinship that has been embedded in anthropocentrism, heterosexism, racialism, nationalism and neoliberalism. In so doing, this conference hopes to propose new, open and fluid approaches from which to explore various forms and feelings of kinship in the contemporary world.



Creative Kinship: Extending Familial and Moral Imaginaries

Professor Janet Carsten, University of Edinburgh

Chair: Professor Alastair Phillips

Panel 1: Creatures and Landscapes 

Chair: Professor Catherine Constable

‘Creatures, human and animal’: Radical tenderness in Olga Tokarczuk’s Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Professor Carole-Anne Sweeney, Goldsmiths, University of London

Familial lands: Kinship between the dead and the living in This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection (Mosese, 2019)

Dr Monika Kukolova, the University of Salford

Creature Cameos: Filming ‘Who or What’

Killian O’ Dwyer, Goldsmiths, University of London

Panel 2: Queer Families and Communities

Chair: Professor Karl Schoonover

Monsters, wax and glitter: Alexis Langlois’s and Adam Pendleton’s queer kinships on screen

Airelle Amédro, the University of Warwick; Arthur Ségard, New York University

Absent Mothers and Cross-country Queer Kinship: Bad Women of China

Dr Xi W. Liu, University of Sheffield

Brothers of the Night? Queer Kinship Between MSM Migrant Sex Workers in Contemporary Documentary Film

Dr Lawrence Alexander, the Ruskin School of Art (University of Oxford)

Panel 3: Kinship and Genre

Chair: Dr James Taylor

There's no School like the OId School: Fraternal Kinship, Bromance and the Bromantic Comedy

Dr Pete Deakin, the University of Salford

Nationalism and Kinship in Chinese Cinema: from revolutionary model opera Red Lantern (1970) to science fiction Wandering Earth (2019)

Xinting Du, University of Cambridge

“I don’t need friends. I got family”: Racelessness and La Familia in the Fast and Furious Franchise

Dom Thornton, the University of Warwick

Useful Information


How to get to the University of Warwick:

Coventry is the nearest mainline train station. Here is the linkLink opens in a new window about travelling to the campus.

How to get to the University of Warwick Library:

The conference will take place at the Library, which is in the centre of campus. Here is the Interactive Campus MapLink opens in a new window.

How to get to the Wolfson Research Exchange (the Floor 3 extension):

Here is the map that can guide you to the Wolfson Research Exchange in the library building.

When you reach the Library building, enter via the main entrance and proceed to Floor 3, either via the stairs or lift. Cross the signposted passage to the Floor 3 extension, which is where the Wolfson Research Exchange is located. There will be helpers to guide you during the registration time.

If you don't have a Warwick ID card, please bring a photographic ID (e.g., staff or student ID card, driving licence, etc.) on the day, the library can issue a temporary pass for you to access the library gate.


Two hotels on campus: RadcliffeLink opens in a new window, ScarmanLink opens in a new window 

There are plenty of hotels in Coventry and Kenilworth with the Coventry suburb of Earlsdon being nearest.

Get in Touch

This conference is supported by the Humanities Research Centre at the University of Warwick and is organised by Yue Su from the Department of Film and Television Studies.

If you have any questions about the conference, please get in touch using the contact details below.

Email: kinshipconference2024@gmail.comLink opens in a new window

X/Twitter: @kinship2024