BAFTSS Conference 2014 – Registration

We are very happy to announce that BAFTSS 2014 conference registration is now open to the speakers. Please book your tickets over the next month. At the beginning of March, the registration details will be publicised more widely to non-speakers. It looks like it could be a really exiting event and there are lots of great papers. A draft schedule and abstracts document is attached. We will try to accommodate changes IF we can but I am sure you will realise that the bigger the event the more complex that can get. However, we have reflected any requests that came to us. To book your place, follow the link through. There is more information on this site. There are limited places available, though, so do get your booking in soon (if all speakers book, there will be about 15-20 spare places for non-speakers only: the limit is because of physical needs only).


The fees are under £100 for the three days and under £50 for concessionary places, as we hoped. There are options of booking days separately and this might look a little complicated but Quay Tickets are running the site for us and assure us everything should run smoothly for you. If you have any problems, do contact them, they have been very helpful to us. You will note that we ask you to indicate if you would like to attend a conference dinner. Senate House are currently trying to find a venue which can accommodate us and we will be looking at a per capita price of around £25 but all this will be confirmed in due course. There is also a cap in place for the screening on Thursday evening of Pakeezah, you are asked to indicate your plan to attend this too – the cap is because of size limits in Birkbeck’s Institute of Moving Image Cinema.


Lastly, it is our pleasure to announce that we are able to offer ONE place free to any PG student who would be willing help out with Registration and Conference Pack preparation before (on the 24th) and during the conference. We already have one other person in place but if you would like to help out (this would necessitate you missing the PG/Early Career Event however), please email Anna at<>


BAFTSS 2014 is taking place at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies on Russell Square in London. We would like to thanks Birkbeck College and BIMI (and especially Laura Mulvey and Ian Christie who invited us), Senate House and the Screen Studies Group (particularly Dorota Ostrokowska) at the University of London for their support and sponsorship of BAFTSS 2014,.

BAFTSS Conference 2014 – London (24-26 April)

BAFTSS 2014 is shaping up to be a really great conference (lots of fantastic proposals from speakers across the UK and beyond) and we are at the point where we have got a few places left so get your proposals into us now (deadline is November 28th at 12pm). We are looking to fill specific areas (see capitals below) but don’t want to put others off from submitting in the main areas inspired by Richard Dyer.



After the success of the first BAFTSS Conference in Lincoln in April 2013, and following the first two submissions of proposals we are pleased to announce the third and final Call for Papers for the 2014 Conference 24-26 April at the University of London (now possibly at Senate House to give more space).


As such, and with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Professor Richard Dyer in mind, we would like to invite papers and/or panels on all areas of film, television and screen studies but with particular foci on:






Film Music





There will also be a special screening of the digitally re-mastered Riddles of the Sphinx (Mulvey and Wollen, 1977), a screening of one Richard Dyer’s favourite films Pakeezah (Amrohi, 1972) two keynote talks, the BAFTSS Awards Ceremony, a Professional Panel discussion of the discipline and the effect of Impact with guest speakers and, pre-conference, a Postgraduate/Early Career Development session focussing on attaining full-time permanent posts. The conference will be begin at 2pm on the 24th and end at 2pm on the 26th following the final plenary. A conference dinner will be held on the evening of Friday 25th. The preliminary timetable looks like this:



11.00-1.00 Pre-Conference Meetings: PG Developmental Session/EC Meeting (with one PG in attendance)

1.00-2.00 Registration

2.00-2.30 Welcome

2.30-4.00 Parallel Session

4.00-4.30 Break

4.30-6.00 Filmmaker Plenary

6.00-7.45 Dinner Break

7.45-10.00 Richard Dyer’s ‘Desert Island Movie’ Pakeezah (1972)



9.00-10.15 Parallel Session

10.15-10.30 Break

10.30-12.00 Parallel Session

12.00-1.00 Lunch

1.00-2.30 Screening of Digitally Remastered Riddles of the Sphinx and short Q&A

2.30-4.00 Parallel Session

4.00-4.30 Break

4.30-6.00 Professional Plenary  ‘Whither the Humanities in the Age of Impact?’

6.00-7.30 Break/Bar

7.30-9.30 Conference Dinner (optional)



9.00-10.30 Parallel Session

10.30-10.45 Break

10.45-11.45 AGM

11.45-12.15 Awards (BAFTSS Essay Awards and Lifetime Achievement)

12.30-13.30 Final Plenary Richard Dyer (Lifetime Achievement Award)

13.30-14.00 End


Accommodation will be attendees’ responsibility to organise but conference fees will be announced soon (the conference fee will be under £100 for full attendance and under £50 for concessionary full attendance). This also excludes the conference dinner price. Day fees will be available at both full and concessionary rates also. We will be using an online booking system which will open in January.


If you would like to submit a proposal in response to this Third and FINAL Call, please email a 200-300 word paper proposal, a panel proposal (panels of no more than 3 please) with details of each paper (so a total of no more than 750 words please) to conference committee co-chair Anna Claydon at by November 28th. We would also like a 150 word bio and contact details and affiliations to be included in the Word (or Rich Text) document. Please do not send as pdf files. All proposals will be reviewed by members of the Executive Committee.


Best wishes and a happy new academic year to you all!

Anna Claydon, Joe Andrew, Andrew Moor and Brian Winston (the Conference Committee)


BAFTSS Conference 2013 booking is now open. Follow this link through to the University of Lincoln website to fill out the forms.

Book by March 1st and get a £20 discount from your full fee of £200

Postgraduates save £80 on the full conference fee

There are also daily and session rates available and you can book your accommodation with Lincoln on the website too (accommodation is not part of the fee). If you want to bring a guest to tour Lincoln will you talk all things visual, we also have a conference dinner only option.

The programme will be available at the beginning of March but we have speakers on a wide variety of topics and from across the world as well as our very special guests and an event just for research students run by the BFI and BUFVC. If you would like more information about the programme before it goes live, please email Anna Claydon at

BAFTSS 1st conference – Lincoln April 2013 – Cfp

First Call for Papers

BAFTSS 1st Annual Conference 2013 (British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies) University of Lincoln, April 19-21 2013


Critics & Criticism: Writing on Audiovisual Media


Submissions are invited for the first annual BAFTSS conference at the University of Lincoln, 19-21 April 2013. The theme of the conference is “Critics and Criticism: Writing on Audiovisual Media”. The unrelenting expansion of digital cultures, including social networking and blogging, forces us to revise the role of the critic, including the academic, the journalist and the amateur. In particular, political pressures on Humanities research and calls for open-access research publication will affect the place and style of academic writing. Within this context, further investigation is needed into the histories and likely developments of audiovisual criticism and critical schools.

As well as papers addressing this theme, the conference will consider relevant proposals on any area of film, television and screen studies, including their learning and teaching, from A-levels to Higher Education, and any other developments pertaining these disciplines.

Pre-constituted Panel proposals are preferred, but proposals can be made for individual papers, workshops or master classes. If proposing a panel or workshop, please indicate a panel title in your proposal. If proposing a workshop, please include details of your workshop aims and your target audience. We also encourage proposals from media professionals, postgraduate students as well as academics and independent scholars.


The conference will include BAFTSS General Meeting, presentations by the first BAFTSS book and essay prize winners (awarded in September 2012), conference dinner and publishers’ stands.


A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented during the conference to Professor Laura Mulvey.


Keynote speakers will be announced in due course.


Proposals for individual papers (with or without a panel proposal) should be 250 words long, plus a brief biography (100 words) including affiliation details. Proposals should be submitted to the conference committee (at, and by Monday, 4 February 2013. Proposers will be notified by 1 February 2013. There will be an “early bird” discount when booking before 15 February but our aim is to make an affordable conference experience for all participants. If you are not a member of BAFTSS, attending the conference will activate your membership.