LGBTQ+ Screen Studies SIG


Convenor:  Connor Winterton, Birmingham City University,

List of founding members


Since the inception of Queer Theory in the early 1990s, LGBTQ+ Screen Studies as a discipline has continued to grow exponentially, especially in the last fifteen years. LGBTQ+ Screen Studies (as a catch-all term) absorbs and includes a wide range of critical, contextual and socio-cultural methodologies which function to theorise LGBTQ+ representation and visibility in a broad range of moving-image media, ranging from cinema, underground film and (hard-core) porn, to TV and streaming services, to online vids and music videos. Alongside analytical considerations of representational strategies (both aesthetic and narrative), LGBTQ+ Screen Studies also examines the changes in industry practice(s), modes of exhibition and new approaches to distribution, as well as being concerned with media audiences and consumers.

The LGBTQ+ Screen Studies SIG, then, aims ultimately to bring together scholars from any facet of the broader field of “LGBTQ+ Screen Studies”, to create a much-needed and inclusive network where peers and colleagues can exchange ideas, collaborate on future projects, as well as build a support system made up of people who share similar interests and passions that centre on LGBTQ+ Screens.

Following each BAFTSS annual conference, BAFTSS LGBTQ+ Screen Studies SIG papers will be proposed for publication in guest-edited issues of selected academic journals, and this is alongside other aims such as:

  • Develop channels of communication with other special interest groups or organisations around the world (as well as at BAFTSS) that are concerned with LGBTQ+ Screen Studies


  • Create a Twitter account and Facebook group to share relevant news and promote each others’ work


  • With kind support from SIG members develop a critical bibliography to share widely with colleagues and potentially (UG or PG) students

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