The 8th Screenwriting Research Network (SRN) International Conference Call for Papers

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The 8th Screenwriting Research Network (SRN) International Conference Call for Papers Screenwriting: Text and Performance

The 8th Screenwriting Research Network (SRN) International Conference will take place at the University of London, UK on Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th September 2015. It is organised by a committee from different institutions grouped around the London Screenwriting Research Seminar – including the University of Bangor, the University of East London, The University of Greenwich and Royal Holloway, University of London.

The key theme of this year’s conference is Screenwriting: Text and Performance. We invite discussion about screenwriting as process and practice, and how it engages with and can be understood in relation to text and performance across a wide field of media and practices, including film, television, games, online, transmedia and other digital platforms.
We are particularly interested in abstracts for presentations on the following topics:
Interpreting screenplays – how do producers, directors, actors work with screenplays?
How screenplays affect and invoke performance?
What can performance reveal about writing screenplays or screenplay structure?
Screenwriting and literature
Screenplays and screenwriting by authors best known in another field
Case studies on individual writers or texts

We would also like to invite abstracts for presentations on (but not limited to) the following topics:
National traditions of screenwriting and storytelling
Different screenwriting practices and formats
Historical perspectives on screenwriting and screenplays
Screenwriting, the screenplay and different production structures
Screenwriting and adaptation
Practice based research in screenwriting
Screenwriting for television, games and animation
Screenwriting for new media forms, online, transmedia etc.

Please send abstracts (250-300 words) as a word or pdf document, with the email subject heading “SRN Conference abstract” to:

Abstracts may be submitted until March 2nd 2015. Earlier submissions are welcome. Remember to state your name, affiliation and contact information. Also include a brief statement (100 words) detailing your publications and/or screenwriting practice. We aim to let you know by mid April 2015 whether your paper has been accepted. Keynote speakers will be announced early in 2015.

Screenwriting Research Network website –

Note to Readers: I have given presentations at the previous seven SRN conferences, which have been held in Leeds, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Brussels, Sydney, Madison, and Potsdam. Attendees in the past have come from five continents. If you have an interest in the burgeoning field of screenwriting studies, whether as a practitioner or scholar, this represents a rare opportunity to gather with colleagues from around the world. David Bordwell has written extensive blogs about 2 previous conferences. Here are links (click here and here) to the two blogs he wrote about the conference in Brussels. David also wrote another lengthy blog about the Madison SRN conference, which is the only one that was held in the USA. The upcoming conference in London promises to be one of the very best.