SRN Executive

 

Dear members,

This is to call for nominations to the SRN Executive, to serve for the two years 2019-20 and 2020-21.

The AGM will be held at the SRN Conference, at the School of Arts, Catholic University of Portugal, Porto (Portugal) on Friday 13th of September at 18:15. Exact location to be advised by the Conference organisers.

At this AGM, under Section 5 of the SRN constitution (2014) we will receive nominations for members of the Executive Council of the SRN, for which there are three vacancies. Section 5.7 of the constitution says:

“5.7. Nominations for election to the Executive Council, and supporting statements, must be made by members of the Association in writing, and must be in the hands of the Association’s Secretary at least four weeks before the date of the election. These nominations and statements must be available to the Association’s membership no later than 14 days before the date of the election. Should nominations exceed vacancies, there shall be an election by secret ballot.”

As the Secretary, I have asked Ronald Geerts, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, to act as Elections Officer, to receive nominations for the Exec Council, and to impartially oversee the appointment of new members, including management of an election if held.

If you wish to stand for election to the SRN Executive Council, you and your proposer and seconder should be ‘members in good standing’, which means you have signed up on the SRN jiscmail (www.jiscmail.ac.uk) at least a year ago.

So, if you wish to stand for election to the Exec, please send a Statement of no more than 250 words supporting your nomination, plus the names and contact details for a Proposer and Seconder, by Friday 12th July 2019 to Ronald Geerts at ronald.geerts@vub.be

Please consider standing for election! I can assure you it is a very pleasurable task, involving monthly skype chats and light duties! Let me know if you have any questions about what it involves, or about this process.

Also open for (re)election is the Early Career Representative within the EC. We’d like to call for nominations, from anyone interested in taking this on for a year. The appointment will be made by the Council, as with any co-opted member. Co-opted members contribute to all and any discussions, but do not have a vote (if it should ever come to that!). The specifics are as follows:

•          The Representative should be within 5 years of having completed their PhD, or within 5 years of their earliest work in the area of screenwriting research (if they have no PhD or equivalent).
•          ‘early’ therefore refers to duration of experience in the field, and not age.
•          Interested persons can self-nominate.
•          Names can also be put forward by others, also, but need to be accompanied by information on the nominee and confirmation that they are interested in serving.
•          Each nomination should be accompanied by a CV, and a short statement of interest in the appointment (max. 250 words).
•          The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday July 12th. Please submit to Claus Tieber (Secretary, SRN) at claus.tieber@univie.ac.at

The Early Career Rep will ‘attend’ the monthly Skype meetings of the Exec Council (which normally last up to an hour), and will take forward any ideas and plans in relation to early researchers, with the support of the Council, of course.

If this interests you, please send in a nomination as soon as possible, and no later than the deadline.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes

Claus Tieber

SRN Executive minutes – April 2019

Minutes SRN EC Meeting

Wednesday 24 April 2019 at 21.30 Vienna Time

Attending: CSB (chair), JF, PR, CT (minutes), AZ

Excused: MMcV, CM

  1. Approval of the minutes 190327 (last meeting)

approved

 

  1. Next Conferences:

Information about the SRN Call for Conferences. Timeline (CSB, CT)

One official bid by Brazil so far, three other ones are in the works. One will need until mid-May, one will need some months.

Thus we decided to extend the deadline. The new deadline is May 27th, it will be communicated via our mailing list.

 

  1. Porto Conference

Registration is now open

We should encourage people to register

JH will put a reminder on social media.

 

  1. Web

Do we have statistics of the users?

No access to web statistics so far. How many people are visiting our website?

AZ will get the information.

Discussion about stats and usefulness of specific social media (FB, Twitter, Instagram, youtube, etc.)

We have to find out if the Porto organizers have a person, who is responsible for communication and social media and maybe stream and/or film some keynotes/presentations even if it is only audio.

 

  1. Awards

Steven Price: news about suggestions for the Article Award? (PR)

Steven will think about possible candidates. We might have to remind authors that self-nomination is allowed.

 

Next meeting: Wednesday 29 May 2019, 21.30 Vienna Time

End of meeting: 22:30

SRN Executive Minutes – March 2019

Minutes SRN EC Meeting

Wednesday 27 March 2019 at 21.30 Vienna Time

Participants: CSB (chair), CT (minutes), AZ, JF, MMcV,

Excused: PR, CM

 

  1. Approval of the minutes 190219 (last meeting)

approved

 

  1. Next Conferences:

Information about the SRN Call for Conferences (CSB)

CSB received three mails from international facilities (Singapur, UK, Ottawa), but these are commercial institutions. In her response she made clear that we are looking for non-commercial organizers, located in universities, film schools etc.

 

  1. Porto Conference

Registration is not open yet. The organizers need to communicate information when it actually opens.

 

  1. Newsletter

March edition is ready, thanks to CM and MMcV.

The EC discussed the statistics of our newsletter and how we can get information about it. Instead of sending the whole newsletter out as attached pdf, we could just send a list of the topic with links to the whole newsletter on our website. This way we could get detailed statistics. The newsletter itself doesn’t need to be changed at all for this technical improvement.

We also have no numbers and stats of our website.

 

  1. Awards

The first nomination for an article came in and was forwarded to the members of the jury.

 

  1. Other business

JF reports from his very successful workshop about screenwriting research.

He will write a short report for our next newsletter. JF also created a SRN banner, which could be used at other occasions.

CT reports that a German language network for screenwriting research will be founded in November. A CfP for the first workshop will be published in our newsletter.

 

Next meeting: Wednesday 24 April 2019, 21.30 Vienna Time

End of meeting: 22:30 Vienna time

 

AWARDS – books and articles

Dear members,

As decided at last year’s AGM in Milan, the network will award books and articles in the field of screenwriting research with an annual prize.

We have already received some interesting nominations, but there is still time to nominate books and articles. We would like to encourage more nominations for articles”. Self-nomination is allowed; the essay could be published in the Journal of Screenwriting or in any other scholarly journal

The article or book should be published between September 2018 and June 2019.

Deadline for nominations is

June 15th.

More information on the details can be found on our website:

https://screenwritingresearch.com/2018/10/24/srn-awards-2019/

Please encourage authors and publishers to contact us. Nominations should be send to

claus.tieber@univie.ac.at

Looking forward to present the first awards at our annual conference at Porto in September

Kind regards

Claus Tieber

Secretary, SRN

 

Call for Conferences: Deadline extended

Dear Members,
We thank those of you who have already declared their interest in
organizing the annual SRN conferences from 2021 until 2023. We recognize
that some need a little bit more time to submit a proposal and/or get
the approval of their university. Thus we have extended the deadline for
this call until May 27th.
This might also give others who haven’t already a chance to make a bid.
We are looking forward to your submissions.
Kind regards
Claus Tieber
Secretary SRN

SRN Executive minutes – March 2019

Minutes SRN EC Meeting

Wednesday 27 March 2019 at 21.30 Vienna Time

Participants: CSB (chair), CT (minutes), AZ, JF, MMcV,

Excused: PR, CM

  1. Approval of the minutes 190219 (last meeting)

approved

  1. Next Conferences:

Information about the SRN Call for Conferences (CSB)

CSB received three mails from international facilities (Singapur, UK, Ottawa), but these are commercial institutions. In her response she made clear that we are looking for non-commercial organizers, located in universities, film schools etc.

  1. Porto Conference

Registration is not open yet. The organizers need to communicate information when it actually opens.

  1. Newsletter

March edition is ready, thanks to CM and MMcV.

The EC discussed the statistics of our newsletter and how we can get information about it. Instead of sending the whole newsletter out as attached pdf, we could just send a list of the topic with links to the whole newsletter on our website. This way we could get detailed statistics. The newsletter itself doesn’t need to be changed at all for this technical improvement.

We also have no numbers and stats of our website.

  1. Awards

The first nomination for an article came in and was forwarded to the members of the jury.

  1. Other business

JF reports from his very successful workshop about screenwriting research.

He will write a short report for our next newsletter. JF also created a SRN banner, which could be used at other occasions.

CT reports that a German language network for screenwriting research will be founded in November. A CfP for the first workshop will be published in our newsletter.

Next meeting: Wednesday 24 April 2019, 21.30 Vienna Time

End of meeting: 22:30 Vienna time

 

SRN Executive Minutes – February 2019

Tuesday 19 February 2019 at 21.30 Vienna Time

Participants: CSB (chair), CT (minutes), AZ, PR, JF (only at the very beginning, due to technical problems)

Excused: Christina

 

  1. Approval of the minutes 190122 (last meeting)

approved

 

  1. Next Conferences:

Discussion about the text of the Call for next conference organisers – 2021-2023.

Draft accepted with few corrections. Deadline will be April 30th, decisions to be made in the June meeting. Official communication at the AGM in Porto. (to the organizers after the June meeting) Applications can be made for a specific year, or for all years. In the later case it’s up to the EC to choose the year.

The Call will be send via our list and put on our website. After that we will spread it similarly to the CfPs for our conferences and spread via our channels of communications. We will use the list of the Porto CfP to coordinate the distribution among us.

 

  1. Porto Conference

Response of the Porto organizers about our answer regarding their need for help with the election of abstracts (vid the Minutes of last meeting, AZ + CSB)

A lot of work was done in the selection processes and we thank the organizers for that.

We suggest to send the comments that were written during this process to the applicants in order to approve their presentations, but it is up to them if they want to do this.

The applicants will be informed by March 1st.

We accept the rejections, although we consider these decisions to be the responsibility of the organizers, not of the EC.

 

  1. Newsletter

Lots of information for the newsletter was received. The next one will be send out in a couple of weeks.

 

  1. Awards

We have a number of nominations for the book award, but not a single one for an article. We will remind members of this category in the next newsletter.

PR will get in contact with Steven Price, who as editor of the JoS should have a good overview about articles to be published during the timespan eligible for the award.

 

  1. Other business

We discussed the option of an additional page on our website for Early Carrier Researchers. The EC prefers to focus on social media in this case instead of putting up a new page with not enough content.

CSB will represent SRN with the Yearbook of International Organizations, a publication of the Union of International Associations,  http://www.uia.org/yearbook

 

Next meeting. Wednesday March 20 at 21:30 Vienna time.

SRN Executive Minutes – January 2019

SRN Minutes 22 January 2019

Screenwriting Research Network Executive Council

Minutes of the EC meeting 21:30 (Vienna time)

22.01.2019 via Skype

 

Attendees: Carmen Sofia Brenes (Chair), Christina Milligan (Minutes), John Finnegan, Margaret McVeigh, Paolo Russo

Apologies: Claus Tieber

Absent (technical problems): Anna Zaluczkowska

 

Agenda SRN EC Meeting

  1. Approval of the minutes 181219 (last meeting)

Approved.                                                                                                                                  Action:These can now be put up on the website (AZ).

 

  1. Porto Conference

Good mix of guest speakers noted.

Regarding whether an Executive Committee member should be involved with reviewing the abstracts, it was noted that the EC has great confidence in the Porto committee and EC involvement is not necessary. EC is happy to engage with Porto committee if they have particular issues that need to be discussed.  Individual members of EC could also be approached by Porto to engage with their executive committee on an individual basis, rather than as members of the EC.

(CSB to discuss EC response with AZ for forwarding to Porto committee).

 

  1. Newsletter

Next newsletter will come out end of February/beginning of March – call for submissions will go out early/mid-February.

JF is sharing points from newsletter on social media to widen its reach.

 

  1. Awards

Book nominations are coming in but not nominations for articles. Discussion re how to draw attention to the award for articles.  JF is promoting on social media and also working on how to bring more attention to articles published in JOS for example.  Suggestions we push this on Twitter also and put out a reminder towards the June deadline.  Will also do reminders in next two newsletters (CM/MM).

 

  1. Call for next conference organisers – 2021-2023

The EC hopes that the annual conference can be held more often outside Europe and noted that there are a large number of members in the US. CSB/PR will write a request for proposals to be circulated around March this year.  There was agreement that September remains a very good time for the conference to be held.

 

  1. Other business
  • JF has put out a call for interest in organizing one-day conferences, particularly for early-career researchers. He is working on one to be held in Falmouth in March and has had good expressions of interest in the UK.  Importance of branding discussed, with JF’s suggestion of an SRN banner being made for use at such conferences appreciated.  This will also be useful for visual branding on social media.
  • Steven Price has confirmed he will update the EC every 2-3 months on the Journal of Screenwriting.
  • Book reviews editor for JOS Rosanne Welch will let us know if/when they need new book reviews (currently already several lined up for forthcoming issues).
  • Membership remains fairly steady with departures being balanced by new members.

 

Meeting ended at ca. 22.10 Vienna time

Next meeting: Feb 19thor 26th at 21:30 Vienna time (Date to be confirmed)

Call for Conferences

Screenwriting Research Network: Call for Conferences

The Screenwriting Research Network is looking for proposals to host its International Conferences in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

The Screenwriting Research Network (www.screenwritingresearch.com) is an international research network of scholars, reflective practitioners and practice-based researchers, interested in the conceptualisation of film, TV and other media narratives; or Screenwriting Studies, as it has become known. Membership is currently drawn from 48 countries worldwide and still growing, with strong representation from the USA, Europe and Australasia, and recent members from several other countries, including Latin America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa.

The SRN began as a study group at the University of Leeds, UK, in 2006, and started its programme of international conferences in 2008, also at Leeds. Since then annual conferences have been held in Helsinki (2009), Copenhagen (2010), Brussels (2011), Sydney (2012), Madison-Wisconsin (2013), Potsdam-Babelsberg (2014), London (2015), Leeds (2016), Otago-Dunedin in New Zealand (2017) and Milan (2018). A special international conference was also held in Santiago, Chile in May 2015. In 2019 we will meet at the Catholic University of Portugal in Porto, whereas the 2020 conference will be held in Oxford.

Over the years, the programme has attracted eminent scholars and Oscar-winning screenwriters amongst the keynote speakers, and includes: David Bordwell, Janet Staiger, Kristin Thompson, Torben Grodal, Adrian Martin, Brian Winston, Jonathan Powell, Milcho Manchevski, Larry Gross, Jean-Claude Carrière, Ronald Harwood, Hossein Amini and Neil Landau among many others. Key papers are often published in the Journal of Screenwriting (Intellect).

The SRN conferences usually take place in September/October each year. Recent conferences have attracted 150-175 participants and around 100 papers and presentations. We expect further growth. Our conferences are usually hosted by university departments or film schools, often as a partnership between such institutions; for example, our 2015 London conference was a collaboration between Royal Holloway University of London, University of Greenwich, University of East London and Bangor University, and the 2020 Oxford conference will be co-hosted by Oxford Brookes University and Canterbury Christchurch University. Collaborations with archives or festivals,
writers’ associations or guilds, and other public bodies are welcomed.

Each conference is financially self-supporting with actual costs borne or raised by the host institutions. Sources range from public bodies and institutions to sponsorship of some events, to conference fees from participants. The SRN supports each conference with advice and contacts, but not finance. This is not a profit-making enterprise, and commercial proposals are not accepted.

If you are interested in organizing an SRN annual international conference, please contact the SRN Chairman, Prof. Carmen Sofia Brenes (Universidad de los Andes, Santiago, Chile) at the address below, for further information or for an informal chat. Formal proposals should be received by 30thApril 2019, via email. The proposal should be no longer than four pages, outlining the location and institution, facilities, ease of travel and communication, appropriate organising staff, and an indication of how institutional and financial commitment will be forthcoming. A simple budget should be appended.

For further information or an informal chat (preferably via Skype), contact Prof. Brenes at csbrenes@miuandes.cl.

The SRN Executive Council will consider all proposals through Spring/Summer 2019, and may require further information, before making decisions. We hope to complete the process by the end of June 2019 and announce the next Conference in Porto.

The SRN exists to encourage networking among screenwriting scholars and will support and disseminate information about appropriate events. Besides our annual conferences, therefore, there is also the possibility of regional conferences, one-day workshops and other forms of smaller events. If you are planning to organize such an event and want the help and support of the network, please contact us, and the SRN Executive Council will consider how we might help.