SSC2020 Call for papers

The 30th international Screen Studies Conference will take place at the University of Glasgow, Friday 26 to Sunday 28 June 2020.

Our programmers Screen Editors Tim Bergfelder and Dimitris Eleftheriotis welcome proposals for papers, audiovisual essays and pre-constituted panels on all subjects in screen studies.

We are particularly keen to encourage contributors to a programming strand which will focus on the impact that recent calls to decolonise, de-centre, or de-Westernise established creative canons and intellectual approaches across academia and beyond have on the practices of and ideas in screen-based media. Keynote speakers who will address this particular strand of the conference are TBC.

The deadline for submissions is midnight (GMT) on Sunday, 5 January 2020. Decisions will be circulated at end February.

A Instructions for submitting an individual proposal

Please download the single proposal template. Overwrite text as instructed and save the template with your surname as the filename. Please limit abstracts to 200 words max. (Bibliographies and biographies are not required.)  The approximate time slot for delivering your paper will be 20 minutes.

Email your proposal by the deadline to, marking the email subject box as “SSC2020 proposal”.

B Instructions for submitting a panel proposal

We recommend a maximum of three papers per panel to allow time for speakers and discussion. Each speaker should work to an approximate time slot of 20 minutes for delivering their paper.

Each member of the panel should download the panel proposal template and submit a individual proposal with details of their own paper, also noting the name of the proposed panel. There is an additional, optional field to outline the overall rationale of the panel if required.

Please overwrite text as instructed and save the template using your surname plus the panel title as the filename, eg "Brown - Animals and the Inhuman". Please limit abstracts to 200 words max. (Bibliographies and biographies are not required.)

Each member should email their proposal by the deadline to, marking the subject box “SSC2020 panel proposal”.

Fees and registration

The student/standard conference fees are £95/£200. The fee includes entrance to all talks, lunches and refreshments over the weekend and a Friday evening wine reception. Screen offers ten student-speakers bursaries of £150 to facilitate attendance. Students can apply by ticking a box on the speaker acceptance form. The bursaries will be awarded by lottery after shortlisting has taken place. 

Subscribers to our mailing list, and shortlisted speakers, will receive an email alert when registration goes live. Publishers on our mailing list will receive instructions about booking display stands and inserts around the same time. Publisher attendance fees are set at the same rate as the standard delegate fee plus VAT.

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