Deviate! The Second International Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media Conference

4 – 6 September 2014, University College Cork.


“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible” – Frank Zappa


Deviation—whether from the norm, the accepted, the anticipated or the prescribed—has always been a core element in advancing methods of production, distribution and exhibition, and shaping storytelling, characterisation, and, indeed, contemporary spectatorship within cinema, television and screen media. The fundamental role that deviation plays in these media can also be markedly evident in relation to aesthetics and the construction of texts, through diegesis, cinematography, sound design and representation.


Deviate! The Second International Alphaville Conference aims to interrogate the centrality of deviation in its myriad forms to cinema, television and screen media, thereby establishing under this inclusive framework a dynamic and productive exchange between scholars, practitioners and postgraduate students.


Possible topics include, but are not limited to:


Rebellion on- and off-screen (Directors, Stars, Characters)

The Innovator (Practitioners, Producers)

The Outsider

Deviation in Adaptation (Deviation from sources)

Deviation in Genre/Form

The Role of Film/Screen Media in Defining Deviance

Liminal Characters/Spaces

Abject Spaces/Languages


Remakes and discrepancies

Style as deviation

Avant-garde and deviation

Counter cinema and difference

Theory and deviation

Nonmainstream, nonconformist, nonaligned

New Departures in Production/Funding/Distribution/Exhibition


Abstracts of 250-350 words and a short biographical note should be sent to Pre-formed panels (of 3 or 4 people) will also be considered. Panel proposals should be sent in the same format as paper proposals, in addition to a 100-word thematic synopsis of the panel. The deadline for all abstract submissions is 11 April 2014. Papers should be 20 minutes in duration.