25th International SERCIA Conference    


September 4 - 6, 2019

 At the University of Western Brittany  



Trouble on Screen will examine the ways in which trouble is represented on big and small screens, as well as how film and television production can inspire or provoke trouble in terms of audience reception. Additionally, it will explore how the screen itself as a medium can become “troubled”, questioning the reliability of what is reflected there or making aesthetic use of blurring, murkiness or obscurity.

  Janet Staiger  

Theoretician and Historian of American Film and Television, Janet Staiger is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Radio-Television-Film and in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Staiger is the author of numerous books on reception, including Perverse Spectators: The Practices of Film Reception.

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  Timothy Corrigan  

Timothy Corrigan is a Professor of English and Cinema Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His work in Cinema Studies has focused on contemporary international cinema and documentary film. His most recent publications include The Essay Film: From Montaigne, After Marker.





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6 rue Algesiras

Little hotel 250m away from the faculty. Family spirit. Free wifi. 55€ per night, breakfast buffet for 6,90€.



24 rue de l’Harteloire

Hotel 500m away from the faculty. Family spirit. Free wifi. 56€ per night, buffet breakfast included.

  ABALYS **  

7 avenue Georges Clémenceau

Modern hotel 200m away from the train station, from 49,50€ per night breakfast not included (+15€). Free wifi and public parking (4€ per day).


4 Boulevard Gambetta

Hotel 2 min away from the train station and 5 min away from the faculty, offering a sea view. From 49,90€ per night and breakfast buffet at 8,90€. 



13 rue de Siam

Hotel 1km away from the faculty (tram stop in front of the hotel). Modern and affordable. Free wifi. 89€ per night, breakfast for 9,90€.



Square De La Tour D'Auvergne,

Art Deco style hotel, 600m away from the faculty. Free wifi. From 99€ per night, buffet breakfast for 15€.

→ 10% discount on online bookings with the code SERCIA¹


  LA PAIX ****

32 rue Algesiras

Luxury hotel 250m away from the faculty, friendly atmosphere. Free wifi. From 100€ per night, breakfast for 15€.


  MERCURE **** 

2 rue Yves Collet

Modern and elegant hotel overlooking the bay or the city. Near the train station and 500m away from the faculty. Free wifi. 112€ per night, breakfast included.

  OCEANIA ****  

82 rue de Siam 

Luxury hotel, well-known, 350m away from the Faculty and with direct access to the "rue de Siam" and tram stations. Restaurant on the ground floor. Free Wifi. 117€ per night. 

→ 10% discount on online bookings with the code SERCIA¹

  AMIRAUTÉ ****  

41 rue Branda 

Luxury hotel with refined and cosy rooms. Access to "rue Jean Jaurès" and tram stations. Free Wifi. From 86€ per night.

→ 10% discount on online bookings with the code SERCIA¹

 ¹Promotional code only available on rates labelled "Best flexible rate - Breakfast included". Please fill in the code during the reservation by clicking on "add a promo code"

 Restaurant Suggestions 

In order to satisfy you at all lunches and at the gala diner (special diets and allergies), here is a form to fill up by every participant before August the 15th.

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All lunches and Thursday’s dinner are provided during the conference. For other times, here is a list of local restaurants we have tested for you.

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 Travel Information 

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  • By plane: The city of Brest has an airport for domestic flights and international ones.  From Paris or Bordeaux, the flight time is about one hour. The airport is 15 minutes away by taxi from te faculty (taxi fare is around 20€ at the number: 02 98 801 801). It is possible to get to Brest via the Bibus shuttle (ticket of 1.60€ valid for 1 hour). The Bibus shuttle will drop you off at the tramway station Porte de Guipavas . To go the faculty, get off at the Liberté stop.  

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  • By train: Brest train station is located in the city centre, close to many hotels and the University. A journey from Paris (Gare Montparnasse) to Brest takes about 4 hours. 

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  • By car: If you choose to come by car, it is important to know that there is a charge for parking in the city centre. For more information, we recommend this website.




Download the provisional program here

14:00 - 16:00

Panel 1 (room C010)
Chair: Isabelle Le Corff

  • Anne-Lise Marin-Lamellet, Université Jean Monnet, St. Etienne :
    Dirk Bogarde ou le trouble à l’écran

  • Jean-François Baillon,
    Université Bordeaux Montaigne:
    The Trouble With Deborah

  • Isabelle Schmitt-Pitiot,
     Université de Bourgogne, Dijon:
    Wallflowers and painted queens, or the trouble with period drama queens (The Favourite, Yórgos Lánthimos, 2018)

  • Gilles Chamerois
    Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest:
    Camera Shake and Spectator Trouble: The Position of the Camera in Ken Loach’s Films

Panel 2 (room B001)

Chair: Gilles Menegaldo

Panel 3 (room B122)

Chair: Dominique Sipière

  • David Roche, Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3:
    Expressive Realism and Troubled Subjectivities in the Films of Lynne Ramsay

  • Martin Berny, Université Paris-Est:
    Back Beyond : aberration de la perspective et trouble de la mémoire dans The Master de Paul Thomas Anderson

  • Céline Murillo, Université Paris 13:
    New York toujours et partout. Troubles spatio-temporels dans deux films No Wave

  • Hadrien Fontanaud
    Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3:
    Désirs troublés : ambiguïté et opacité narrative dans Les Amants Passionnés (1949) et Madeleine (1950) de David Lean.

  • Sophie Le Hiress, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest
    L’herméneute mentalement dérangé : le trouble psychologique au service de la détection

  • Xavier Daverat, Université de Bordeaux:
    La femme dans le film criminel: petit bréviaire de l’apparition

  • Argyrios Keleris,Université Paris 8:
    La transgression constitutive des films hollywoodiens de gangsters: ambivalence idéologique et procédés d’esthétisation du crime

  • Dominique Sipière, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre:
    Trouble in L.A, trouble in court : le calvaire dérangeant de la vérité dans The People Vs O.J. Simpson.

  Wednesday, September 4th   

11:00 (room C219)

Sercia Board Meeting 

13:00 (room C012)

Registration and coffee 

13:30 (room B001)

Welcoming speech 

  Thursday, September 5th  

8:30 (room C012)

Coffee & pastries

10:30 - 11:00 (room C012)

Coffee break & refreshments 

9:00 - 10:30 

Panel 4 (room B001)

Chair: Julie Assouly

  •  Marie-Pierre Burquier
    Université de Paris Diderot:
    Troubler Hollywood. Relectures queer de l’imagerie classique hollywoodienne par le cinéma de réemploi


  • Georges-Claude Guilbert, Université Le Havre Normandie:
    The Musical That Taste Forgot: Steve Antin’s 2010 Burlesque’s Troubled Aesthetics

  • Jeremy Cornec, Université de Bretagne Occidentale:
    « To pochuye ke ? » : Troubles physiques et identitaires des Belters dans The Expanse  

Panel 5 (room B122)
Chair: Marimar Azcona

  • Marguerite Chabrol,
     Université Paris 8
    The Trouble with Burlesque (in Classical Hollywood Cinema)

  • Patrick Adamson, University of St Andrews, Scotland:
    ‘Hysterically Correct’: The Uncertain Past of the Silent Western Comedy

Panel 6 (room C010)

Chair: Anne-Marie Paquet-Deyris

  • Christelle Ringuet
    Université Paris 8
    Trouble in whiteness: the case of Janicza Bravo

  • Delphine Letort, Université du Maine
    The KKK in Films and the Troubles of Reception

  • Lucas Barrières, Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès
    Troubles des formes de la masculinité : Une étude comparée de Drive (2011) et Only God Forgives (2013) de Nicolas Winding Refn.

11:00 - 12:30

Panel 7 (room B001)

Chair: Melvyn Stokes

  • Pablo Gómez Muñoz, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain:
    Troublingly Cheap: The Spatial Fantasies of Low-Cost Economic Models in Downsizing (Alexander Payne, 2017)

  • Marimar Azcona
    Univerisidad de Zaragoza, Spain:
    The Trouble with Cosmopolitanism: Narrative Structure and Ambivalent Cosmopolitanism in 
    Downsizing (Alexander Payne, 2017)

  • Keith Dando, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK:
    Is Film More Trouble than it’s Worth?

Panel 8 (room C010)

Chair: Sébastien Lefait

Panel 9 (room B122)

Chair: Nicole Cloarec

  • Nicolas Lahaye, Université de Versailles Saint Quentin
    « C’est tellement mauvais que c’en est bon » : l’ébranlement esthétique chez le nanarophile.

  • Raphaëlle Costa de Beauregard, Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès: 
    Cinema and Intoxication

  • Oliver Kenny, Université de Lille 1:
    Troubling the censors: the impact of Frenchness on the classification of sexually explicit films in the UK

  • Sven Weidner, University of Bamberg, Germany:
    Suburbia in turmoil: a cinematic comparison between selected films of Todd Solondz and Todd Haynes

  • Gilles Menegaldo, Université de Poitiers:
    Spectres troublants du cinéma fantastique américain contemporain

  • Thierry Robin, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest:
    An enunciative and comparative analysis of two screen adaptations of two novels depicting the Troubles in Northern Ireland

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch at the Restaurant Universitaire of the Faculté de Lettres et Sciences Humaines et Sociales

14:00 - 15:00 at room B001

Keynote speaker : Janet Staiger - Under the Influence : Trouble in the Audience // Chair: Elizabeth Mullen

15:00 - 15:30 (room C012)

Coffee break & refreshments 

15:30 - 17:30

Panel 10 (room B001)

Chair: Raphaëlle Costa de Beauregard

  • Phillip Drummond, New York University in London:
    ‘The Troubles’ and the Cinema: Questions of History, Politics, and Masculinity in Yann Demange’s '’71'

  • Nicole Cloarec
    Université de Rennes 1:
    The troubled state of the nation in post- Brexit films

  • Kristine Chick, Université de Toulouse 1 Capitole:
    Sexual Assault and Faking It: Reviewing Red Road and 
    Under the Skin in times of social and legal controversy

  • Silvia Murillo, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
    Trouble in the English Channel: Cross- Border Development in The Tunnel (2013-2017)

Panel 11 (room B122)

Chair: Julia Echeverria

Panel 12 (room C010)

Chair: Julia Echeverria

  • Mikael Toulza, Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès:
    Eye-dentity trouble: Voodoo and Voyeurism in Angel Heart  (Alan Parker, 1987)

  • Claire Dutriaux, Sorbonne Université:
    Explaining the South to Avoid Any Trouble: “Professional Southerners” in Hollywood during the Code era

  • Yann Roblou, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens:
    Contemporary trouble in America: Us, Jordan Peele, 2019.

  • Zachary Baqué, Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès:
    “Now get out there and make some trouble!”: subMedia’s Trouble documentary series

  • Celestino Deleyto, Universida de Zaragoza, Spain:
    Cracks in the Canopy: Intimate Cosmopolitanism in Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong

  • Anne Le Guellec-Minel, Université Bretagne Occidentale, Brest:
    Theatricals and ambivalent memories: Tracey Moffatt and the art of “poor film noir”

  • Nolwenn Mingant, Université de Nantes:
    Troubles on the Middle Eastern Front: Hollywood Films in the Midst of Decolonization

16:00 - 16:30 (room C012)

Coffee break & refreshments 

16:30 - 17:30 at room B001

Keynote speaker :  Tim Corrigan - Troubling Documentaries // Chair: Anne-Marie Paquet  Deyris

18:30 at the Bibliothèque Universitaire 

Cocktail reception

20:00 at the restaurant Aux Tours du Château

3 boulevard des français Libres 

Conference dinner 

 Friday, September 6th  

9:00 (room C012)

Coffee & pastries

10:30 - 10:45 (room C012)

Coffee break & refreshments

12:45 - 14:30 

Lunch at the Restaurant Universitaire of the Faculté de Lettres et Sciences Humaines et Sociales

10:45 - 12:45 (room B001)

General Assembly

9:00 - 10:30

Panel 13 (room C010)

Chair: Georges-Claude Guilbert

  • Chris Horn, University of Leicester, UK:
    Provocation or Serious Intent? Revisiting William Friedkin’s Troublesome 1980s in Cruising and Rampage

  • Gary Edgerton, Butler University USA:
    Making Sense of Mad Men in a New Era of Accountability

  • Anaïs Le Fevre-Berthelot, Université Rennes 2:
    From Ally McBeal to Rebecca Bunch: the evolution of the crazy ex-girlfriend on screen

Panel 14 (room B001)

Chair: Gaïd Girard

Panel 15 (room B122)

Chair: Zachary Baqué

  • Vincent Jaunas, Université 
    Bordeaux Montaigne:
    Trouble in Paradise: Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut (1999), from sexual anxiety to an ethics of unrest

  • Sina Vatanpour, Université 
    Charles de Gaulle Lille:
    Trouble in the mind: Lars Von Trier’s Definition of Evil in The House That Jack Built

  • Anne-Marie Paquet-Deyris
    Université Paris Ouest Nanterre:
    Correcting the problem: genre trouble and manipulation in 
    The Shining (Stanley Kubrick’s film, 1980 & Mick Garris’s miniseries, 1997)

  • Sebastien Lefait,
    Université Paris 8:
    Distorting perception to influence reception. The troubling impact of TV series representations on US politics and society

  • Andrea Virginás, Sapientia the Hungarian University of Transylvania:
    Television and video screens in filmic narratives: medium specificity, noise and frame-work

  • Julie Assouly,
    Université d'Artois:

    Spiraling down the “smelting pot”: Economic Determinism and Social Darwinism in The Deer Hunter (1978) and Out of the Furnace (2013)

14:30 - 16:30

Panel 16 (room B001)

Chair: Phillip Drummond

  • Martin Knust, Linnæus University Växjö, Sweden:
    The Sound of Today’s Troubled Times in TV News and Online Journalism

  • Costanza Salvi, Independent Scholar:
    “Troubles Melt Like Lemon Drops”. How to Tackle Psychological Depression in 1930s Popular Songs

  • Emilie Cheyroux, Université Paris 3 La Sorbonne
    Trouble in the Immigrant Detention Center: The Infiltrators and the Strategies of Documentation and Dramatization

Panel 17 (room C010)

Chair: Céline Murillo

  • Camille Manfredi, Université 
    de Nantes:
    L’étrange sonore : du son et de la voix comme trouble dans les film-poèmes de Roseanne Watt et les montages vidéo de Susan Philipsz

  • Isabelle Singer, Isabelle Singer:
    Robert Kramer: fiction et documentaire sous un régime d'indiscernabilité

  • Vincent Souladié, Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès:
    Focale, fantomale, figurale, la lumière aveuglante du cinéma de Spielberg

Panel 18 (room B122)

Chair: Hélène Machinal

  • Julia Echeverría- DomingoUniversidad de Zaragoza, Spain:
    Women in Trouble: The Global Phenomenon of Women-in-Prison TV Series

  • Anne Sweet, L’Institut de Gestion Sociale, Paris:
    The “Trouble” with Female Power: Witchcraft, Sexuality and Magic in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, 2018-)

  • Sophie Chadelle, Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès:
    Troubled and Troubling Language: Series, Gender and Translation

16:30 (room B001)

Final remarks


To complete your registration for the 25th International SERCIA Conference, please click on this link and follow the instructions. 

Please register by August 15th

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