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No More Room in Hell: A Half-Century of Undead Media

  • University of Pittsburgh 3959 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA, 15260 United States (map)

Two-day conference featuring graduate work from around the country. Includes a screening of international short films inspired by Romero’s work (September 28 evening) and a keynote address delivered by Sarah Juliet Lauro (September 29 evening), editor of Zombie Theory. 

This conference will take the following questions as its foundation: how has the concept of “zombie,” “dead,” “living dead,” or “undead” developed and changed, in textual analysis and theoretical exchange, over the last fifty years? What do we mean when we talk about the “living dead”? Why is the undead such an important and oft-chosen vehicle for social or political critique, and what metaphors or themes does it tend to concretize? How has the zombie “epidemic” developed and spread across national boundaries, different media forms, and generic cycles?

A general outline of the conference is as follows:

Friday, September 28, conference panels from 10am-5pm, Cathedral of Learning 501.

Evening event 1: A Conversation With Monika Estrella Negra, 6:30pm, Cathedral of Learning 232.

Evening event 2: Inspired By Romero: A Short Film Block, 7pm, Cathedral of Learning 232.

Saturday, September 29, conference panels from 10am-5pm

Evening event: Keynote address, Sarah Juliet Lauro (University of Tampa), "A Timeline of the Living Dead: From the Haitian Zombie to Jordan Peele's Get Out," 6pm, Cathedral of Learning 602.

Later Event: October 1
Romero Lives! Press Conference