Screen Studies Conference 2019

Screen Studies Conference 2019

The 29th International Screen Studies Conference organised by the journal Screen will take place 28-30 June 2019 at the University of Glasgow, programmed by Screen editors Alison Butler and Alastair Phillips.

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

This year’s line-up includes a panel aimed at early career scholars, ‘How to Get Published in Screen Studies’; the premiere of essay film Passages; and a combined panel/gig/screening, in the form of performance project, the Glam Rock Dialogues.

In their call for papers (below) the editors welcomed proposals for papers, audiovisual essays and pre-constituted panels on any subject for this year’s conference. 

We are particularly keen to encourage contributors to a programming strand titled ‘Screen Studies Beyond the Field’, devoted to the themes of interdisciplinarity and impact in the contemporary audiovisual humanities and beyond.

Screen studies have from their inception taken a plural and hybrid approach to the ways that pedagogy and scholarship may be constituted and located. Many of its key vectors of enquiry remain shaped by the ways that research questions may be inflected by their conversation with other established, or emerging, disciplinary practices or bodies of knowledge. As we move into the second decade of the century, audiovisual scholarship is increasingly shifting beyond the boundaries of the academy into not just traditional locations such as the museum and art gallery, but other sites of public engagement and civic discourse. Much of this work is also becoming more multi-dimensional with the space of the screen as both an idea and a form of embodied critical practice becoming aligned with broader questions related to science, medicine, politics, the environment and philosophy.

This year’s Screen conference seeks to not only explore these current developments, but also take stock of the long history of the field’s engagement with disciplinary plurality. We are keen to encourage work that speaks to the following topics:

  • Conceptual and methodological interrogations of interdisciplinarity within the disciplinary contexts of screen studies
  • Explorations of formative historical moments of interdisciplinarity within screen studies and film theory
  • Case-studies of innovative forms of public engagement or impact within the audiovisual humanities
  • Research projects that engage with the relationship between the moving image and other forms of intellectual enquiry that either exist beyond the arts and humanities or the academy as a whole
  • Innovative modes of publishing and disseminating research

Speakers and papers

The panel schedule, speakers and paper titles can be downloaded here: SSC2019 schedule updated 31 May 2019SSC2019 papers and speakers.

The final programme will be circulated to delegates in soft copy one week before the conference, and in hard copy at registration.


All attendees, including speakers, pay a registration fee of £200 (standard), £120 (unemployed/unaffiliated) or £95 (student), which includes entrance to all conference talks, lunches and refreshments over the weekend and a Friday evening civic reception, courtesy of The Rt Hon The Lord Provost of Glasgow. A Saturday evening conference dinner (£33) and university accommodation may be booked during registration. The student residences are located 15 minutes’ walk from the venue, with a choice of standard and ensuite options (c. £24, £42). In both cases, clusters of 3-5 private bedrooms share a kitchen space.

Online registration is open now at this link:

Publishers on our mailing list will receive instructions towards the end of April regarding booking display stands and inserts. Publisher attendance fees are set at the same rate as the standard delegate fee, but with VAT added.

Standard registration will close on Sunday, 16 June. Registrations after that point will be subject to a late charge of £50; registration will fully close on 20 June.


See above under 'Registration' for details of student accommodation. If you wish to book your own accommodation, please see recommendations below, or you can try Visit Scotland's accommodation search site. The venue postcode is G3 6NH.

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