Screening Stephen King Symposium

  • 21 May 2021
  • 09:30 - 17:00
  • FREE
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Scholars and researchers, and members of the public, are welcome to attend this day-long event on the topic of Stephen King on screen.

This online event is free but registration is required via Eventbrite.

Hosted by Dr Rebecca Janicker in the School of Film, Media and Communication at the University of Portsmouth.

Roundtable with Invited Panellists: Stacey Abbott (University of Roehampton), Simon Brown (Kingston University) and Lorna Jowett (University of Northampton)


With dozens of publications to his name across more than four decades, Stephen King has had many fictional works adapted for cinema and television. From Brian De Palma’s Carrie (1976) to IT (2017 and 2019), and from the Salem’s Lot miniseries (CBS, 1979) to streaming shows like The Outsider (HBO, 2020), King has been a regular on-screen fixture throughout his career.

Linked indelibly to tales of terror and suspense, King has come to symbolise the horror genre. May 2020 marked forty years since Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining (1980) and Doctor Sleep (2019), a sequel to both King’s novel and Kubrick’s film, helped renew interest in a tale of significance to King’s body of work and to the horror genre as a whole. With this context in mind, the Screening Stephen King symposium seeks to bring together scholars with an interest in King’s work across screens large and small.


0930–1000 Welcome to the symposium

1000–1130 Roundtable event

1130–1230 Lunch

1230–1330 Panel 1: Expanding the Multiverse: The Dark Tower and Randall Flagg

1330–1430 Panel 2: Grief, Trauma and Monstrosity in Pet Sematary

1430-1445 Coffee Break

1445–1545 Panel 3: Big Names, Small Screens: King of Popular Media Culture

1545–1645 Panel 4: Physical Spaces and the Environment in King’s Adaptations

1700-1730 Concluding remarks

For those interested in taking part in the Stephen King Writing Workshop starting at 1730, please register here.

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