BAFTSS 10th Annual Conference
20-22 April 2022 (online)
Theme: Collaboration and Cross-pollination
Hosted by the University of St Andrews
Proposal deadline: Monday 13 December 2021
All attendees must be BAFTSS members at the time of the conference. You can join here.
Call For Papers
The 10th annual BAFTSS conference will take place entirely online on the 20th–22nd April 2022, hosted by the University of St Andrews.
In the past eighteen months, many of us have experienced isolation both professionally and personally due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Caught between the anxiety of close contact and the loneliness of isolation, the pandemic has brought the complex relationship between the individual and the community to the forefront of our lives.
This conference takes as its theme “Collaboration and Cross-pollination.” As we re-imagine how we work together and gather as a community post-COVID, the conference foregrounds processes of exchange, circulation, and recombination across the fields of Film, Television and Screen Studies. We encourage participants to shift their thinking from the individual to the community, and to engage with conceptual play around the ecological metaphor of cross-pollination (or the sharing and interchange of ideas), in order to reflect on how this process can shape our work as researchers, collaborators, and mentors.
The conference invites submissions for papers, panels, or practice-based research on any aspect of collaboration or cross-pollination in Film, Television and Screen Studies.
Topics might include:
Collaboration/cross-pollination in the academy: as methodology, as practice, as scholarship, as engagement
Collaboration/cross-pollination through creative practice research
The politics of collaboration in film, television, and screen media: questions of power, labour, visibility, inclusivity, equality, and value
Examining film, television, and screen media through cross-pollination: mutation, reproduction, recombination, hybridity, integration, sharing, gifting, contagion, virality, contingency
Textual cross-pollination in film, television, and screen media: remixes, intertextuality, experimental media, remakes and reboots, adaptations
Film, television, and screen geographies of collaboration/cross-pollination: global production practices, co-productions, distribution circuits, festivals, exhibition
Film, television, and screen networks of collaboration/cross-pollination: practitioners, audiences and fandom, collectives, activist groups, societies
Histories of collaboration/cross-pollination in film, television, and screen media: archives and institutions
Ecologies of collaboration/cross-pollination in film, television, and screen media
Collaboration/cross-pollination between film, television and screen studies and other disciplines
Collaboration/cross-pollination across and between media forms
In the spirit of the conference theme, this conference places emphasis on discussion and debate rather than a traditional paper/questions format. Each panellist will present for 10 minutes on the day of the panel, with the other panellists acting as respondents, generating questions and comments. Rough papers, notes, and/or slides will be circulated to the other panellists a week in advance to facilitate this discussion. This is to encourage more constructive discussion and engagement, and to preserve the conference as a space for works in progress.
Rather than individual keynote speakers, the conference will include plenary roundtable discussions featuring collaborative research projects.
We are delighted to confirm our first plenary session, led by Professor Lee Grieveson (UCL) and Professor Priya Jaikumar (University of Southern California), which will showcase their collaborative project, “On Extraction and the Media.”
BAFTSS is committed to issues of equality, diversity and inclusivity. While we encourage pre-convened panels, please also be mindful of these issues. The online format seeks to honour this commitment and ensure that the conference remains accessible to all members of the BAFTSS community. With this in mind, conference attendance will be free to PGRs and those not in full time employment, and £10 for all other attendees. Please note: All attendees must be BAFTSS members at the time of the conference.
Proposals for individual papers should include a title, 250-word abstract and brief bio.
We also welcome pre-constituted panels of 3 people. For this, the panel organiser should submit a brief abstract and title for the panel, alongside a title, 250-word abstract and bio for each paper/participant.
Completed proposals should be sent in Word to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 13 December 2021.
You will be notified whether your proposal has been accepted in January 2022.
BAFTSS Awards 2022
BAFTSS Publication Awards
We are inviting publication submissions in the following categories: Best Monograph, Best First Monograph, Best Edited Collection, Best Journal Article, Best Doctoral Student Article or Chapter. You can find further information and submission details (by 5 November 2021) here.
BAFTSS Practice Research Portfolio Awards
BAFTSS invites submissions to the Practice Research categories of its 2021 Awards Competition. All entries must constitute a significant, original and rigorous contribution to knowledge. We invite submissions in the following categories: Screen based Practice Research; Videographic Film Criticism; Emerging, Immersive & Cross-Platform Media; and Doctoral Award (entrants can enter in any of the above categories). For more information, including how to submit, click here.
BAFTSS PGR Research Poster Showcase 2022:
The BAFTSS Executive Committee would like to invite postgraduate members to showcase their doctoral research during the BAFTSS Conference. We will host a display of research posters on the BAFTSS website. A prize of £100 will be offered to the research poster that is considered to be most successful by an online ballot of conference delegates. Full details for submission (by 7 February 2022) are accessible here.