Here you can find information on screen studies CFPs happening in Sydney and around Australia. We will try to keep this as up to date as possible.

SSSN Semester One Program 2018 CFP

Sydney Screen Studies Network is currently seeking proposals for the Semester One seminar program for 2018. We invite scholars working across film, television, video, and internet media to present research on contemporary screen studies and screen culture from a variety of perspectives. SSSN is a research-led academic community based in Sydney and surrounds, working in all aspects of film, television, and screen-based media. The network aims to provide a casual networking and collegial relationship-building space for screen studies in Sydney. Some suggested perspectives for seminar topics include:

  • Early cinemas, classic cinemas and contemporary cinemas
  • Television, traditional and new
  • Screen history
  • Spectatorship and the role of the viewer
  • New media forms
  • Mass media and social media
  • Screen theory/screen philosophy
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to the screen
  • The screen as text
  • The screen as art
  • Gender, sexuality, race and class in screen media
  • Cognitive Theories/ Methodologies
  • History/theory of performance on screen

Special Focus Topic

We especially invite seminar proposals on Intersections in academic research and creative practice. Artistic practice in screen media can be viewed as the production of knowledge or philosophy in action. Likewise, theoretical approaches to cinema and screen studies can offer valuable resources for the creative practitioner. We would like to explore potential meeting points between creative practice and academic research. We encourage papers, and/or examples of creative work, that examine the possibilities of these collaborations from either point of origin: theory’s contact with creative practice, or creative practice’s engagement with theory.

Potential seminar topics could respond to the following questions:

  • How can we articulate differences in practice-based or practice-led research, research-led practice or practice-as-research? How do their outcomes differ?
  • What are the potential links between creativity and research in screen works and screen studies?
  • What are the benefits of understanding a practitioner’s journey through their practice?
  • How can we better understand the relationship between screen production in the academy and the broader screen production industries?
  • How do artists/academics negotiate their roles as researchers/educators with their roles as creatives?
  • How do specific theoretical or philosophical approaches to creative practice manifest in produced works?
  • How can screen theory or screen-based philosophy be a creative practice of screen thought? What methodologies enable a creative practice of screen-based thinking?

All seminar presentations on Intersections in academic research and creative practice will be considered for an edited special journal issue, pending editorial approval. We particularly encourage collaborative seminars, pre-constituted panels, as well as postgraduate and early career researchers to apply.

Seminars can take a range of formats. We can also host an SSSN seminar at your home university. Please see the Seminar Outline document for suggestions:<>

Please send proposals including a title, an abstract (200 words), and a short biography to sydneyscreenstudies at<mailto:sydneyscreenstudies at> by Monday 19th February 2018.

fusion Journal CFP: Intersections in Film and Media Studies

  • Publication:    November 2018
  • Guest Editors: Dr Jodi Brooks (UNSW), Dr Kathleen Williams (University of Tasmania), Dr Jessica Ford (UNSW) and Melanie Robson (UNSW)

In her Fall 2014 Film Quarterly editorial film theorist B. Ruby Rich writes,

“Cinema itself is in a state of immense transition, yet it’s hard not to notice that attention is lavished disproportionately on technology and auteurist style, with the question of theme, focus, and subject matter repeatedly sidelined. What, though, is “filmable” today? And what is “theorizable” in response?”

Rich highlights how academic and journalistic discussions of the ‘new media’ landscape in recent years have focused largely on technology and industry over content, theorisation, and disciplinary boundaries. Considerable academic work has examined how the conditions of the convergence era have been enabled by and impact upon technology, production, distribution, and consumption and the media industry more broadly (Turner & Tay 2009; Gripsrund 2010; Lotz 2014; Haven & Lotz 2017). Building on this work, this symposium seeks to engage with the convergence of film and media at the level of content, authorship, genre, aesthetics, style and form.

While today ‘cinema’ is an increasingly fluid term that moves across platforms, genres, and textual boundaries, in this symposium we are interested in what it means to study cinema and/or other forms of screen-media in today’s increasingly fractured media landscape. This symposium will explore the transitional nature of contemporary screen studies and the movement of scholarship, theory, and ideas across its boundaries. We invite scholars working across film, television, video, and internet genres to present on topics such as:

  • Interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches to screen media
  • Applying a single discipline to study a screen text not in that discipline
  • In what ways are different screen-based media texts informing and shaping one another?
  • What are the textual, generic and/or aesthetic boundaries that define film/television/video today?
  • What is the place of screen audiences in the increasingly convergent/divergent media landscape?
  • What is the continuing value of single discipline approaches in a critical landscape dominated by interdisciplinary screen studies?
  • What is lost when single discipline approaches are incorporated into screen studies?


  • Deadline for abstracts: 1 February 2018
  • Deadline for full papers:   13 May 2018

All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed. Proposed title, abstract (300 words), short biography and institutional affiliation should be sent to by 1 February 2018.

When considering your reaction to this call for papers, fusion encourages and accepts all forms of media. Please consult the journal website for more details on this special issue:


CFP: ‘Risk Anything!’: Modernist Women between Centre and Periphery

A symposium presented by the Australasian Modernist Studies Network

Friday 6 April 2018

UNSW Sydney, Australia

Keynote: A/Prof Natalya Lusty (The University of Sydney)

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.”

– Katherine Mansfield, journal entry 14 October 1922

The peripatetic New Zealand modernist Katherine Mansfield wrote these words towards the end of her life, urging herself to be courageous, to pursue her creative convictions. Mansfield’s approach to life and work is an example of the countless creative women who embraced, employed and drove the modernist cultural experiment.

Nearly a century later, our own era is equally defined by contingency and risk, offering a unique opportunity to reflect on the history and legacies of creative behaviour that defines itself in terms of risk. We invite proposals from scholars on topics relating to risk, women and modernist culture, and from female-identifying artists, writers and performers whose practice engages with the legacies of modernist women. We especially welcome contributions focusing on women who have traversed the ‘risky’ division between centres of modernism – Britain, Europe, and the United States – and so-called ‘peripheries’. These may take the form of a 20-minute presentation/10-minute question format or a team-led 90 minute roundtable discussion or workshop format.

Risk may be interpreted in relation to:

  • Creative experimentation and the avant-garde
  • Cultural and gender norms
  • Sexuality
  • Reputation
  • Failure
  • Personal motivation
  • Finance/business
  • Danger – personal, political, social
  • Political struggle

Selected papers will be published as a special journal issue.

Please send 250-word proposals for papers, roundtables or workshops, along with a 50-word bio to by 31 January 2018. Responses will be distributed in early February.

Event organisers: Dr Baylee Brits (UNSW), Dr Louise R Mayhew (Griffith University) & Dr Helen Rydstrand (UNSW).


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