Thursday, January 12, 2017

Conferences Winter 2017 Edition

Here is my current list of English-language conferences of interest to those in film studies (and some for TV and media studies). Upcoming conferences are listed in order by date or, for open calls, by abstract due date. Please let me know if I should add anything.

Closed calls:
SCMS - Chicago, Mar. 22-26, 2017 [website]
ICA 2017 - San Diego, California, 25-29 May 2017 [call]
Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) - Helsinki, June 11-14, 2017 [website]
Women and the Silent Screen - Shanghai, June 16-18, 2017 [website]
Circuits of Cinema (Histories of Movie/Media Distribution) - Ryerson Univ., June 22-24, 2017 [website]
Visible Evidence XXIV - Buenos Aires, Aug. 2-5, 2017 [website]

Current calls:
due date: January 15, 2017 Screen - Univ of Glasgow, June 23-25, 2017 [website]
due date: January 16, 2017 Console-ing Passions - East Carolina Univ., July 27-29, 2017 [call]
due date: January 31, 2017 NECS - Université Sorbonne Nouvelle and Université Paris Diderot, Paris, June 29 - July 1, 2017 [website | call]
due date: January 31, 2017 (revised) Poetics and Politics of Documentary - Univ. of Sussex, Brighton, June 2-4, 2017 [call]
due date: February 1, 2017 UFVA - California State Univ. Los Angeles, July 30-Aug. 2, 2017 [website]
due date: February 3, 2017 Black Film British Cinema Conference 2017 - Goldsmiths & Institute of Contemporary Art, London, May 17-18, 2017 [call]
due date: February 28, 2017. MLA - New York, Jan. 2018 [website | call]
due date: April 15, 2017 Rethinking Film Genres: East Asian Cinema and Beyond - Univ. of Hull, Sept. 14-16, 2017 [call]

Upcoming calls:
Domitor (early cinema) - Rochester, June 13-16, 2018 [website]
Film and History conference - Milwaukee, Nov. 1-5, 2017 [website]
ICA 2018 - Prague, May 24-28, 2018 [website]
Visible Evidence XXV - Bloomington, Indiana, second week of August 2018

Graduate student conferences:
due date: January 31, 2017 Trauma & Melodrama - Univ. of Chicago, April 21-22, 2017 [call]

CFP: Black Film British Cinema Conference 2017


Black Film British Cinema Conference 2017
The Politics of Race in Contemporary Film and Digital Practice

Goldsmiths, University of London (Day One)
& Institute of Contemporary Arts (Day Two)
17-18 May 2017

abstracts due 3rd February 2017


Professor Sarita Malik, Brunel University
Dr Kara Keeling, University of Southern California
June Givanni, Pan African Cinema Archives
Additional speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.


Whether we consider the rise of the concept of diversity, the on-screen representation of identities, the off-screen workforce, the production trends of film institutions, new forms of independent production opened up by new media, or film education and talent development, questions of race and ethnicity remain central to contemporary British film.

This conference will mark nearly 30 years since the original Black Film, British Cinema conference at the ICA and its subsequent publication, which has been a huge influence on scholars exploring race, culture and the politics of representation.  Some of its core thinking by Kobena Mercer, Stuart Hall, Paul Gilroy and others remains an excellent point to consider what has, and has not, become of black and Asian film and TV production in the UK.

The aim of this two-day conference is to consider the politics of race in contemporary British cinema and visual practice and reflect on almost 30 years of black film production vis-a-vis the institutional, technological, textual, cultural and political shifts that have occurred during this period.  We invite scholars, early career researchers, postgraduate students and practitioners working at the intersection of film, TV, Moving Image, Media and Communication studies, Sociology, Politics and Cultural Studies. We would encourage contributors to reflect on themes, challenges and questions central to race and British film in terms of governance, production, representation, exhibition and spectatorship. These include (but are not limited to):

The politics of representation in contemporary film and digital practice

  • Diversity and film policy
  • The representation/politics of race in new digital platforms
  • Understandings of 'Black film' in the context of recent social, political and cultural change
  • The politics of gender and sexuality and intersectional approaches to black and Asian film and visual practice
  • The political economy of 'Black film'
  • The cultural, geographical and political contexts of black and Asian film production
  • Participatory film cultures and movements
  • Methodologies for understanding contemporary film, representation and access.
  • Film in postcolonial and race critical theory
  • The relevance and cohesiveness of 'black' as an ethnic category in film production, policy and criticism
  • New Ethnicities, the Black intelligentsia and film and TV production
  • The emergence of new sub genres (i.e Urban Film)
  • Higher Education, film studies and race, and approaches to Black film pedagogy
  • Race and diaspora in international cinema
  • Representation, identity and the ideology of race and ethnicity  

Abstract Deadlines and Submission Process:

3rd February 2017. Deadline for paper submission. Please submit proposals for 15 minute papers here. The submission should include the following: title and name, institutional affiliation and address, and email address, together with a paper title and abstract of not more than 300 words.

27th February 2017 Paper proposers notified of decision by conference committee. Conference registration opens.

Thursday 17th May 2017. Conference starts in London.

Conference Organisers: Dr Clive James Nwonka (University of Greenwich), Dr Anamik Saha (Goldsmiths, University of London)


CFP: Rethinking Film Genres: East Asian Cinema and Beyond


Rethinking Film Genres: East Asian Cinema and Beyond 
University of Hull
14-15 September 2017

abstracts due 15 April 2017

What is film genre? Does it still matter in today’s film production, distribution and consumption? How have some film genres become so closely associated with a nation or region, such as Chinese martial arts films, Japanese horror, and Korean melodrama? The fact that genre is widely discussed by the general public suggests that it is still important. However, the examination of genre theory and the scholarly discussion of genres have remained predominantly focussed on Hollywood and European cinemas, as exemplified by the work of scholars such as Thomas Schatz, Steve Neale, Barry Keith Grant, Rick Altman, Belén Vidal, and Antonio Lázaro-Reboll. Despite their rich screen culture and their influence within and beyond the Pacific region, East Asian cinemas remain underexplored. In today’s context of increasingly international filmmaking, we would aim to explore the ways in which film genres underpin cultural translation between East Asia and beyond.

As the theme of "Rethinking Film Genres: East Asian Cinema and Beyond" suggests, the conference intends not only to celebrate cinematic creativity through the interrogation of the narrative and aesthetics of film genres developed in East Asian (including mainland Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwanese, Japanese, and Korean) cinemas, but also seek to expand scholarly discussion of the rich heritage and fast changing landscape of filmmaking of East Asian cinemas by examining the international co-production and cross-cultural consumption of film genres.

We therefore invite papers based on either theoretical research or on case studies to address any of following themes:

  • Narrative, style and aesthetics of various genres of East Asian cinemas
  • Film genre and local, regional, national and global identities of East Asian cinemas
  • Cross-cultural consumption of East Asian film genres
  • Fandom and East Asian film genres
  • Creative professionals (e.g. stars, directors, producers, production designers) and film genres of East Asian cinemas
  • Cross-border mobility (e.g. talents, finance, ideas) and the development of film genres in East Asian cinemas
  • International filmmaking, coproduction and genre crossing between East Asian cinemas and other screen cultures
  • Remaking and adaptation of East Asian films
  • Sound, music and language (e.g. dubbing, subtitles, dialects) of East Asian film genres
  • International distribution and exhibition of East Asian film genres
  • Genre as a reflection of cultural flow, social economics, media policies, and political history

This is not an exhaustive list of thematic strands that we hope to explore at the conference.  We particularly encourage submissions from those whose papers promote cross-disciplinary dialogue and critical debate in area studies, genre theory, film studies and cultural studies.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor Chris Berry, King’s College London
Professor Michael Berry, University of California, Los Angeles
Professor Shaoyi Sun, Shanghai Theatre Academy

Please submit your proposal (maximum 250 words), together with a short biography (maximum 50 words) and affiliation information to Dr. Lin Feng at by 15 April 2017.