The Screenwriting Research Network is a research group consisting of scholars, reflective practitioners and practice-based researchers interested in research on screenwriting. The aim is to rethink the screenplay in relation to its histories, theories, values and creative practices.
The network commenced in 2006 within the Louis Le Prince Research Centre, at the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS), University of Leeds. During the last six years the network has grown rapidly. Yearly conferences have attracted a growing number of people around the world to share experiences and discuss problematics of screenwriting research. The conferences have taken place in Leeds (2008), Helsinki (2009), Copenhagen (2010), Brussels (2011), and Sydney, Australia (2012). The sixth conference in 2013 widens the geographic spread to North America, Madison, Wisconsin (see sectionEvents).
6th Screenwriting Research Network International Conference
August 20 – 22, 2013
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
This is a call for papers for the annual international conference on screenwriting research, this year organized by the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. The Screenwriting Research Network is a research group that commenced in 2006 within the Louis Le Prince Research Centre, at the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS), University of Leeds. The Screenwriting Research Network now consists of academics as well as practitioners interested in research centered on screenwriting studies. The network has achieved a critical mass in recent years with conferences taking place in Leeds (2008), Helsinki (2009), Copenhagen (2010), Brussels (2011), and Sydney, Australia (2012). The sixth conference widens the geographic spread of the network to North America, taking place in Madison, Wisconsin, USA (2013).
The Screenwriting Research Network is comprised of scholars, writers, and practice-based researchers devoted to rethinking the screenplay in relation to its histories, theories, values and creative practices. The aim of the conference is to continue, and expand, discussions around the screenplay and to strengthen a rapidly emerging, and global, research network. The Journal ofScreenwriting, first published in 2009, stands as testament to the vitality of the screenwriting network across traditional and practice-based research. This is in addition to growth in the publication of screenwriting monographs by scholars in the network, including books on screenwriting by Steven Price, Steven Maras, J.J. Murphy, and Jill Nelmes, among others. The new Palgrave Studies in Screenwriting series grew out of this organization. The SRN is also building an online forum for scholars and practitioners interested in this subject.
The key theme of this next conference is “Screenwriting in a Digital and Global World.” This speaks to the complex and changing nature of screenwriting as a result of both digital technology and globalization. The conference hopes to raise questions about past, current, and future creative practices in scripting in various forms of media, both old and new.
Keynote speakers will be confirmed early in 2013.
The conference is interested in all types of research related to screenwriting in its many forms. We would like to invite abstracts for research presentations on (but not limited to) the following topics:
Cross-cultural collaboration in screenwriting
Screenwriting traditions in different national contexts
Screenwriting and transnationalism
Screenwriting and the pressures of globalization
Industry changes in the digital age and what it means for writers of film and television
Transmedia storytelling — “world building” and constructing narratives that reach across multiple platforms
Writing for online video as a new genre and profession
The history of screenwriting around the globe, including Hollywood
Questions of authorship in highly collaborative digital media projects
Database narratives and interactive, non-linear storytelling
Writing for games (including video games and ARGs)
Theorizing and analyzing screenwriting software
Screenwriting archival research
Theorizing screenwriting and the screenplay
Reflections on narrative theory and dramaturgy
Case studies on individual writers or texts
Genre-orientated considerations of screenwriting and the screenplay
Adaptation in moving image screen works
The role of writing in non-fiction film, television, and other forms of media
Screenwriting for animation
Writing for episodic television
Screenwriting in independent cinema
Alternative forms of scripting
Call for Papers
Time allotted to each paper is 20 minutes plus discussion. Abstracts (250-300 words) may be submitted until January 1, 2013. Earlier submissions are welcome. Please remember to state your name, affiliation and contact information. Include a brief statement (100 words) detailing your publications and/or screenwriting practice.
Please send your abstract as a WORD document, with the email subject heading “SRN Conference Abstract” to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on the program as well as cost, traveling and accommodation details will be available on this website as it becomes available.
The conference is supported by a grant from the Anonymous Fund of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is being organized with assistance from the Department of Communication Arts at UW-Madison, theWisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research (WCFTR), and the Screenwriting Research Network.