BAFTSS Annual Conference

Rethinking Screen Cultures

Conference Cancellation


We are sorry to announce that because of the current threat to public health, our 2020 Conference at the University of St Andrews in April 2020 will not take place. This is very disappointing, but it is the right decision to take and we're sure you will have been anticipating it. 


Our colleagues at St Andrews, Tom Rice and Shruti Narayanswarmy, had worked incredibly to bring the conference planning together, and on behalf of the BAFTSS EC, and all our members, I'd like to thank them for their patience, imagination and hard graft.

Conference Registration Fee Refunds

We are keen to minimise any inconveniences as a result of the cancellation. Delegates who have already paid the conference registration fee will be automatically issued a full refund. You do not need to take any action to initiate the refund. This repayment will be processed to the card used to make the payment. You will receive a system generated email (to the email address used for registration) advising you that the refund has been automatically initiated. Once you have received the email, please allow 2-3 weeks for the refund, since we are having to process a large volume of payments.
We also realise that delegates who made travel and accommodation arrangements might find themselves out of pocket. To this end, we have provided a dated and signed letter confirming the cancellation, which may help with refunds and claims: Conference Cancellation Letter

If you have any other questions or require further help from us with this, please do get in touch via our email:

8th Annual Conference

The 8th annual BAFTSS conference, to be held at the University of St Andrews on 16-18 April 2020, will take as its theme “Rethinking Screen Cultures”. At a time when Film, Screen and TV Studies is placing increasing emphasis on interdisciplinary methodologies and fresh objects beyond the traditional canon, this conference seeks to foreground new directions and methodologies in the discipline.


These ‘new’ directions often move beyond the screen and this conference will explore the varied ways in which screen media, from early industrial film to VR, is produced, distributed, circulated, exhibited, archived and consumed. Inviting papers and interventions from an array of geographical and historical contexts, this conference seeks to look beyond; beyond what’s happening on screens, beyond the canon to marginalised/ forgotten/lost phenomena, beyond the traditional methodologies of ‘film studies’ and ‘media studies’ towards other disciplinary approaches, beyond the screen to other determinants of audiovisual experience (including sound, technologies, labour and materialities), and beyond academic traditions towards creative and critical collaborations.


The need for film, television and media studies has never been greater, as we seek to critically understand and analyse the ways in which all forms of media function and shape the world around us. Screen Cultures shape our political and social frames of reference, and are frequently at the centre of contemporary global debates, whether around the environment, global finance, citizen activism or ‘fake news’. How then can our discipline – and screen media more broadly – challenge, deconstruct and critically analyse a world order historically sustained by screen media?


Professor May Adadol Ingawanij (Professor of Cinematic Arts, Westminster School of Arts).

Dr Glyn Davis (Reader in Screen Studies, University of Edinburgh)

Outstanding Achievement Award 2020:

Mark Cousins has just completed his mammoth (840 minute) film project Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Film ​and is well known for his compendious 2011 documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey. His recent films also include the 'city-symphony' I Am Belfast (2015), and The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018). Some of you may remember him following Alex Cox as presenter of BBC2's cult film series Moviedrome ​in 1997. Mark will be giving a talk called 'Freaks' - a discussion of people who influenced his understanding of film and the visual world. 

Conference Programme:

The provisional conference programme is now available to download here.


Registration is now open here.


Standard rate delegate: £160 (three days) or £110 (two days)

Reduced rate delegate (unwaged/unsalaried/students): £80 (three days) or £55 (two days)

The conference dinner will be on the evening of Day 2 (17 April) and costs £35. The registration website will give you the separate option to book a place for the conference dinner.


Please note that the registration deadline is 18 March 2020.

Please contact us on by 18 March 2020 if you have registered and wish to cancel your registration.


Travel & Accommodation


Information and advice about travel and accommodation is available here.

Conference Bursaries

Awards of up to £100 will be made in order to support travel costs and other relevant expenses. The scheme is open to all PGR students, Early Career Researchers and Independent Scholars wishing to participate in conference activities. Priority will be allocated to those presenting either a paper or a poster at the Conference, but anyone requiring support in this way may apply.


The deadline for applications is: February 28th 2020.

Applicants will be notified regarding the results of their applications on or before: 5th March 2020.


More details and an application form are available here.

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