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Slumdog Millionaire Symposium

SlumdogSymposium (Poster to the event)

5th June 2010, University of the West of England, Bristol

Slumdog Millionaire

Critical Perspectives on a Global Phenomenon

This one-day symposium will reconsider Danny Boyle’s 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire and provide an opportunity to reflect on the cultural significance and global repercussions of this unexpected and unprecedented film and media phenomenon. The popularity of Slumdog Millionaire is significant not only for the issues it raises about national and international film industries and audiences – its effects can already be traced in a wide variety of commercial contexts, from the growth of ‘slum tourism’ to the work of international children’s charities. Such developments raise serious ethical questions about the impact of popular culture, the politics of representation and the commodification of poverty. This symposium will address the global impact and likely legacy of Slumdog Millionaire in the light of these and other questions.

Presentations by

Dr. Shakuntala Banaji, Media and Communications, London School of Economics

Dr. Vandana Desai, Geography, Royal Holloway London

Dr. Colin McFarlane, Geography, Durham University

Dr. Michael Lawrence, Film Studies, UWE

Dr. Fabian Frenzel, Bristol Business School, UWE

Saturday 5th June 2010

11.00 to 17.00

In Pervasive Media Studios

Anchor Square,
Bristol, BS1 5DB

Open to academics and the public

£8 / £6 (students)

Lunch and refreshments provided

Organised by

Michael Lawrence, Film Studies, UWE

Fabian Frenzel, Bristol Business School, UWE

To reserve your place please email or