Language/Cinema An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

University of Leeds

December 7- 8th, 2012

Call for Proposals

Deadline: August 1st, 2012

Film theorist Christian Metz once stated that: ‘The image is like a word, the sequence is like a sentence, for a sequence is made up of images like a sentence of words’. Though ground-breaking in its day, such an understanding has been contested on the basis that a linguistically-oriented semiology cannot adequately account for all the properties of the film medium. For instance, Gilles Deleuze rejects the notion of a language of cinema, referring instead to a language in cinema.

Whether in the film form or content, language remains a crucial issue in cinema. It is fundamental in the construction of an original story and script, in particular in literary adaptations. Language is the substance of the dialogue, be it spoken or conveyed in the form of intertitles. Language is also a visual component of the film, for example, in diegetic signs and billboards, or extradiegetic subtitles. Additionally, the use of language can be the very subject matter of a film, in a transnational world where multiculturalism is constantly reflected on screen.

The association of cinema with language offers an engagement with the text that both challenges and enriches the critique of the film medium in a variety of ways. This conference seeks to expand and explore the theme of language of, in and beyond cinema. This is a call for postgraduates to submit proposals around topics which include, but are not restricted to:

  • Cinema as language
  • Film and the written word
  • Literary and theatrical adaptations
  • Verbal and body language
  • Language and New Media technology
  • Regional dialects and identities
  • Endangered/minority languages and cinema
  • Language and intertextuality
  • Intertitles in silent and sound cinema
  • Subtitles, dubbing and the question of translation
  • Language and cosmopolitanism
  • Language and national identity

Filmmakers and practitioners are also welcome to showcase their work at the conference.

Please send a 300 word abstract along with a 150 word biography to by August 1st, 2012. Selected participants will be informed by September 1st. Please feel free to circulate this Call for Papers to your contacts. We look forward to welcoming you to Leeds in December 2012.


This Conference is supported by:

Mixed Cinema Network (Leeds, York, Sheffield)

WUN (Worldwide Universities Network)

BAFTSS (British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies)


Call for a Logo Design to be adopted by BAFTSS.

Submission Deadline: Friday 18th May 2012

BAFTSS are pleased to announce a call for a logo design.  The chosen logo will be displayed on the BAFTSS website and additional materials (e.g. letter headings, affiliated publications, conference flyers and posters).  The winning entrant will receive two years BAFTSS membership at the end of their current year.


Entries may use any medium, for example: drawings, collage, 3D modeling, photography, PowerPoint and PhotoShop. The final image will need to be scanned or saved into a format that may be submitted and viewed electronically.  Required format sizes are as follows: 300dpi as JPEG or TIFF files, or PDF, Word, or PowerPoint files.


This competition is open for existing BAFTSS postgraduate student members.  However entrants may also subscribe to BAFTSS in order to enter.  To become a member please see:


Deadline for submission is Friday 18th May. Once all the entries have been reviewed the winner will be confirmed in the first week of June and announced thereafter.


Please send the designs to:

If you have any queries please contact Dr Rajinder Dudrah at:


BAFTSS Postgraduate Student network is a section of BAFTSS, led by postgraduate students within film, television and screen studies that will form a supportive peer network for postgraduates within the field. The aim of the network is to encourage postgraduate involvement with the aims and activities of BAFTSS by promoting and supporting research, learning and teaching, and achievements of postgraduates in the fields of film, television and screen studies.


CFP Fragile Realities: Intersecting Interpretations of the Real

Call For Papers

Fragile Realities: Intersecting Interpretations of the Real


Inaugural Thoughtsforward/SELCS Postgraduate Conference 2012

Friday 6 July 2012 // UCL, Bloomsbury Campus, London


Deadline for Abstracts: 30 April 2012


UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society

Supported by the European Institute and Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies


Keynote Speaker: Dr Matthew Beaumont

UCL English Department and The City Centre

Author of Utopia Ltd.: Ideologies of Social Dreaming in England and Editor of A Concise Companion to Realism .


The committee invites submissions for papers by UK-based postgraduate students across a wide spectrum of interests and disciplines on perspectives relating to studies of reality. In particular, we encourage papers that interrogate ideas of the real in an interdisciplinary manner and explore the critical possibilities of the theme.


We invite graduate researchers working in fields connected to European languages, cultures & society to respond to this critical interrogation, and in doing so, reflect on how concepts of reality operate in different theoretical contexts, and whether interconnections between various fields may be achieved.


The conference will be organised as chaired panels dealing with specific themes under the broader umbrella of Reality. The suggested panel titles here are arranged broadly along the lines of literature, politics, history, and critical theory:

  • Representing Reality – Political and Media Discourse,
  • Mirroring Reality – Perceived and Constructed Self-image,
  • Tracing European Identities – Nation and Migration.


Additionally, a selection of papers from the conference will be published online and in a special print edition of Opticon1826, the multidisiplinary peer-reviewed academic journal based in UCL.


Please send submissions and queries to <thoughtsforward@gmail.comby 30 April 2012.


Submissions should include the following:

  • An abstract of no more than 250 words.
  • 3 to 5 key words relating to the focus of the paper.
  • A short bio of around 50 words.


We aim to respond to all submissions by 11 May 2012.


We are looking forward to receiving your submissions!


Warm regards,

Thoughtsforward organisers.


An international, interdisciplinary postgraduate conference

Friday, 27 April 2012

Humanities and Arts Research Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London


Keynote speakers:

Professor Robin Cohen (Emeritus Professor and Principal Investigator of the Leverhulme Oxford Diasporas Programme, University of Oxford)

Before the Welcoming: The Origins of Difference, the Beginnings of Convergence


Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald (RMIT University, Melbourne and Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the Centre for World Cinema, University of Leeds)

The Dorothy Complex: Children and Migration in World Cinema

For programme details and online registration:

With accelerated inter- and intra-national mobility, the concepts of place and displacement, and their impact on individual and collective identities, have received unprecedented scholarly attention in disciplines as diverse as Geography, Politics, Music, Film and Media Studies, English, Postcolonial Studies and Migration and Diaspora Studies. The growing importance of multi-locality, transnational (and ‘post-national’) communities, cosmopolitanism and various forms of flexible citizenship call binarisms which posit ‘the stranger’ as ‘the Other’ of the indigenous community, as the ‘guest’ who is welcomed by the hegemonic host society, into question. Contests around notions of ethnic essentialism and cultural purity have given way to a widespread acceptance of diversity and the celebration of hybridity. In music, literature, and film, the contributions of artists with transnationally mobile and/or ethnic minority backgrounds to the aesthetic traditions of western hegemonic cultural productions have resulted in innovative creative synergies of the local and the global and have enjoyed considerable cross-over appeal. On the other hand, many ‘strangers’ have not been welcomed, their voices have been silenced, and their artistic expressions have been marginalized. The exponential growth in informational technologies and the mobility of global capital, which once promised to fulfil McLuhan’s vision of a global village, has been accompanied by many unforeseen challenges. Restricted mobility of labour, asylum legislation, and new security challenges pose a threat to the ideal of global identities and a cosmopolitan society.

For details on how to get to Royal Holloway, University of London, see:



Daniela Berghahn

Professor of Film Studies

Department of Media Arts

Royal Holloway

University of London


TW20 0EX

T. +44 (0)1784 443838




Re-Thinking Cinema and Television History: Texts and Contexts, An International Postgraduate Conference.

Registration has just opened.

To be held on 3 April 2012 at De Montfort University, the event costs £15.00 (including refreshments throughout the day and a buffet lunch) and can be paid for here:


We are delighted to have two esteemed keynote speakers, Professor John Ellis (Royal Holloway University of London) and Dr Helen Wheatley (University of Warwick), as well as a host of international postgraduates addressing an array of issues and themes, including (but certainly not limited to):

  • The Spanish Civil War and the cinematic treatment of history
  • Memory, methodology and the recycling of the recent past
  • Promoting Seventies and Eighties nostalgia in the contemporary British music film
  • Methodological problems in researching the representation of feminism on factual television
  • Oppositional documentary on Channel 4 in the 1990s
  • New historical examinations of the author


The full schedule and further information on the event can be located at the official website:


We look forward to seeing many of you at the event.  Any questions can be directed to:


With best wishes,


The CATH Centre Postgraduates


Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre Postgraduates

PG Scholarships at School of Arts, University of Kent

In preparation for the University’s 50th anniversary in 2015, Kent has established an additional 100 doctoral scholarships to be awarded annually from 2012. Known as Kent’s 50th Anniversary Scholars, successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential. Scholarships will be offered at the standard RCUK rate; applications are invited from UK/EU and international students.


Within the School of Arts, the 50th anniversary scholarships will be attached to the School’s five influential research groups and centres.


Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Film and the Moving Image


The purpose of the Centre is to draw together scholars from across the University who use film and the moving image as an integral part of their research. We seek to support projects that promote collaboration between individuals and other research centres. Our aim is to produce a more proactive engagement with other disciplines, to open new lines of communication, and to produce innovative knowledge formations through the activity of pioneering research projects.

If you feel that your research project can help us achieve this aim then you are warmly welcomed to apply

Directors: Peter Stanfield (School of Arts) & Antonio Lazaro-Reboll (SECL)


Kent provides a dynamic and challenging academic environment and has an excellent reputation for collaborative research with universities around the world.


For more information about Kent’s research portfolio and how to apply see:


Deadline for applications is Wednesday 25th April