Special interest group:
French and Francophone Screen Studies
French and Francophone audio-visual media continue to hold an important place on university syllabuses as well as in screen studies research – whether dedicated to their own history and personnel or within transversal historical and theoretical concerns: national, transnational and post-national studies, authorship, ‘extreme’ cinema, stardom, animation, film and philosophy, etc. The French and Francophone Screen Studies SIG brings together an international group of scholars and graduate students working in a wide range of areas within the field.
In addition to research, teaching and organising a range of scholarly activities, the SIG is devoted to facilitating access to French and Francophone audio-visual media beyond academia. In this respect, members’ activities range from collaborations with cultural venues such as the BFI and Ciné-Lumière in South Kensington, London, reviewing French and Francophone audio-visual media and collaborating with English-speaking and French-speaking media.
This SIG is partnered by the only journal world-wide devoted entirely to French and Francophone audio-visual media, French Screen Studies (formerly Studies in French Cinema). Launched in 2000, the journal is committed to a broad range of approaches: aesthetic, theoretical, political and cultural and since 2020 has widened its remit to television and viewing platforms. It promotes an equal balance between auteur and popular cinema, a strong focus on gender and sexuality as well as on racial and ethnic diversity, both in terms of the topics considered and the range of writers, and it actively encourages the publication of work by graduate students.
French Screen Studies: The Susan Hayward Prize
Since 2010, the Susan Hayward Prize (named after the founder of the journal) has been awarded annually by the Editorial Board for the best article published in the journal in the previous year by an author who was registered as a Doctoral candidate at the time of submission. From this year, the Prize consists of a £200 award. Results are announced in the Spring/Summer for the essays published in the previous year.
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