SRN Executive Minutes November 2018

Screenwriting Research Network Executive Council

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

20.11.2018 via Skype


Attendees: Carmen Sofia Brenes (Chair), Claus Tieber (Minutes), John Finnigan, Paolo Russo, Anna Zaluczkowska

Excused: Christina Milligan, Margaret McVeigh


Agenda SRN EC Meeting

  1. Approval of the minutes 181030 (last meeting)



  1. News from Porto Conference

2.1. Call for papers

2.2. Feedback from Guillhermina about our suggestions regarding schedule,

photos, places to have short meetings.

Organizers took comments into account. CfP will be send out via our list by Daniel Ribas or Giullhermina Castro.

CT has already communicated the CfP via diverse list, will send this list to PR, who will make a google doc so we can all help to spread the call as wide as possible.

Action: google doc with list of organisations, mailing lists etc. where we want to post the CfP for the Porto conference – PR


  1. Newsletter: any feedback?

No feedback so far, which is not considered as a bad sign by the members of the EC.


  1. SRN Webpage and social media:

4.1. New section in the webpage for ECR

4.2. FB and Twitter: movement?

4.3 SARP and Bibliography: how to proceed?

Space for ECR on our website is possible. We should all look for examples and best practices.

Action                        all

 JF is not satisfied with the growth of our twitter account. (117 followers so far), on FB we have 1123 subscribers, but we started earlier. These things need time.

One of the problems is content. There is just not enough content.

SARP and Bibliography should be at the center of a little communication “campain” in January, focusing on social media.


  1. ECRs questionnaire (John)

Was sent out by John.


  1. Awards

Nominations for the book category are already in. Information about the award was communicated via numerous channels. (additional ones are welcome)


  1. Any other business

Membership infos and access to jiscmail was handed over to PR by Ronald Geerts.


Meeting ended at ca. 22.30 Vienna time

Next meeting: Dec. 18that 21:30 Vienna time

Historiographic Research in Screenwriting – Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Historiographic Research in Screenwriting

The Journal of Screenwriting is calling for articles for a special issue on the historiography of screenwriting, to be published in November 2019.

The Journal wants to emphasize the importance of screenwriting history and historiographical research, covering the broad field from media archaeology to historical case studies to a crisis historiography that includes questions of format, copyrights, professionalization, and narrative structure.

In order to better understand the role of screenwriting in filmmaking as well as in academic research, it is our task to scrutinize the development of the craft, profession, and art: the discourses, the pedagogy, and the analysis of screenplays, script development and the work of specific screenwriters and their importance for the development of screenwriting.

Articles may include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Pre-screenplay documents in Early Cinema
  • Screenwriting and Screenwriters in silent cinema
  • The history of the format
  • Screenwriting and historical modes of production
  • Global histories and local case studies
  • Historiography of manuals and screenwriting pedagogy
  • Female Screenwriters (especially in the silent era)
  • National and global tendencies – relations, influences, cultural transfers
  • Censorship and screenwriting
  • Development: analysis of script developments in historical case studies
  • Screenplay as literature: published screenplays in the 1920s
  • Autorenkino in Germany in the 1910s and 20s
  • Eminent authors: case studies of established writers and their fate in the industry
  • Screenwriting and the literary avant-garde
  • Social history of screenwriters, working conditions, reputation, etc.
  • Theoretical questions of authorship based on historical evidence (e.g. the case of

    the American Author’s Association AAA)
    In the first instance, please email abstracts of up to 400 words and a short biography, no

    later than Wednesday 16 January 2019 to BOTH of the editors of this special issue: Claus Tieber,
    Steven Price,

    Completed articles of between 4000 and 8000 words should be sent by 29 April 2019via the Journal of Screenwriting’s web page, where you can also access information on the journal’s house style:,id=182/

    The Journal of Screenwriting is an international peer-reviewed journal published three times p.a. by Intellect, and is abstracted and indexed by Thomson Reuters: ISI Web of Knowledge, MLA and FIAF. It explores the nature of writing for the screen image; this includes not only writing for film and television but also computer games and animation. The journal highlights current academic and professional thinking about the screenplay and intends to promote, stimulate and bring together current research and contemporary debates around the screenplay whilst encouraging groundbreaking research in an international arena. The journal is discursive, critical, rigorous and engages with issues in a dynamic and developing field, linking academic theory to screenwriting practice.

SRN Executive Minutes October 2018

Agenda SRN EC Meeting

30.10.2018 at 17.30 Chile

Attending: CB (Chair), CT (Minutes), AT, CM, JF, MM, PR

  1. Minutes of the last two meetings

One correction in the minutes of the short meeting at Milan; Paolo and Margaret’s responsibilities: Paolo – Membership, Margaret – treasurer

Minutes approved

  1. Experiences from Milano:

Feedback to the Milano session focused on the following points:

Too many panels at the same time

Too many keynotes

The number of panels are an effect of the growing network. Additional workshops or one-day conferences on special topics could somehow relieve the annual conference. But in general we are happy to expand.

There should be a difference between keynotes, interviews and other formats. Keynote speakers should focus on the conference’s topic. There should be a balance between scholars and practitioners as well a gender balance.

Three or four keynotes would be enough.


2.2. Photos of sessions (Paolo)

JF will post some of the photos Armando sent us on social media.


2.3. Spaces to have informal meetings (CSB)

There should be a space at our annual conferences where people can meet, talk and network.


  1. News from Porto Conference

The organizers of the Porto conference want our feedback on their CfP and the forms of presentation they want to offer. We agree to collect individual feedback per e-mail, and send let Anna as the conference liaison for Porto communicate it.


  1. Newsletter

Will be send out soon.


  1. SRN Webpage and social media:

5.1. Content: FB and Twitter @SRNConference

5.2 Link resources (SARP and Bibliography) on a regular basis for more visibility

5.3. A few corrections/updates needed on website


We have more than 100 followers on Twitter since JF started an account, (we have over 1000 on FB)

JF will send a request for content once a month to find infos for social media and the newsletter.

He will also remind people of SARP and the bibliography.

PR suggests a list of things to change on our website. We will all collect proposals until the next meeting.

There might be a membership area on our website.

Could there be an EC corner on our website?


  1. ECRs questionnaire (John)

JF will prepare a questionnaire for ECR.

Infos about research funding are needed. Early Career screenwriting researchers might want to have a place where they can present their work online, even if it is not yet finished.

Is a database of PhD thesis in screenwriting research possible?

Book reviews for the JoS would be a chance for first publications. (and more reviews)


  1. Relationship between the SRN and the JoS.

7.1. Encouraging scholars to publish about screenwriting in other Journals

7.2. Diversity and awareness (CSB)


postponed to next meeting


  1. Membership:

8.1. More formal membership, introducing membership fees?

8.2. Access to website/JISCMail

8.3. Membership data handling


Ronald Geerts will give PR access to our membership data. Other topics postponed.


  1. Funding: call, networking fund application (COST)



  1. Awards

CT will communicate the award via different channels. Others are invited to support the distribution of the awards information.


  1. Any other business

Date of next meeting: November 20th2018 at 21:30 Vienna time

SRN Conference 2019

Dear colleagues,

We invite you to submit abstracts for the SRN Conference 2019 “Screen Narratives: Chaos and Order”, that will take place between 12th and 14th of September, at School of Arts, Catholic University of Portugal, Porto (Portugal). You can present an individual submission of traditional paper presentations, practice-based presentation, audiovisual essays or a panel submission (traditional presentation or discussion panel). For details and submissions, please see

As usual, we will also have pre-conference activities in 11th September. We will send you the pre-conference program as well as the keynotes information in a further e-mail.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

All the best,

The Organization Committee

Call for Papers forJournal of Screenwriting and Comunicazioni Sociali – Journal of Media, Performing Arts and Cultural Studies

As announced during the last September SRN Conference, theJournal of Screenwriting and Comunicazioni Sociali – Journal of Media, Performing Arts and Cultural Studies have planned a joint issue about the topic of the conference and are now looking to publish articles derived from the papers presented in Milan.

Please, find the call for the joint issues here CFP_JoS and CS

Best regards,

Steven Price (Journal of Screenwriting)

Paolo Braga (Comunicazioni Sociali)

SRN Executive minutes September 2018

Minutes of Executive meeting 15:00 (Milan time) 12th September 2018, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore


Present: Claus Tieber (Chair), Ian Macdonald (Minutes), Christina Milligan, Ronald Geerts, Carmen Sofia Brenes, Anna Zaluczkowska, John Finnegan; and Guilhermina Castro and Daniel Ribas (item 5 only).

  1. Minutes of previous meeting

These were approved.


  1. Finance

A discussion about the value and purpose of the SRN raising funds brought in further discussion about membership and working groups. It was decided that the next Exec should look at making membership acceptance a little more formal, in order to ensure clarity for institutions, and underline the value for individuals. If a decision is made later to introduce membership fees, this would also facilitate that.

The discussion about working groups resulted in a decision to ask the next conference to make available spaces and timeslots for working groups, both for informal/networking purposes and as guaranteed panels. It was then decided that the next Exec should send out a Call for Working Groups/Panels, as a way of revitalising activity in specialist areas and research questions.

The Executive also decided to investigate applying for networking funding to COST (again) and other sources, to support travel for meetings of working groups.

Action: 2018-19 Exec


  1. Newsletter

The role of the newsletter was discussed. It was decided that it was definitely an appropriate site for debate and opinion, controversial or otherwise, as well as being the right place for news and information.

Action: CM, CSB


  1. Early Career Representative

John Finnegan, the co-opted ECRep for 2018-19, was welcomed to the meeting. He spoke about suggestions for fulfilling his role, and his desire that Early Career Researchers should feel part of the work of the SRN. The meeting agreed that he should send out a short simple questionnaire to ECRs, to increase awareness of issues facing them, and of suggestions for improvement.

Action: JF


  1. 2019 Conference

Daniel Ribas and Guilhermina Castro spoke briefly about progress with this conference in Porto, Portugal, organised by Cattolica Porto and the University of Lisbon. The dates are now set as 12th-14thSeptember 2019. The theme, ‘Order and Chaos’, was welcomed, and there was discussion of the various binary oppositions that might then provoke interesting papers, e.g. narrative structuring vs. the emergent methods of development. A brief discussion ensued over possible keynote speakers, peer reviewing of papers and the timing of Calls for Papers etc. IM offered to search out the timeline for a previous conference as a guide.

Action: IM


  1. Diversity

A brief discussion on this topic within SRN, particularly the awareness of our US- and Euro-centric character, resulted in decisions first to set up a specific Working Group, and secondly for the next Chairperson (or nominee) to seek an early meeting/discussion with the Editor of the Journal of Screenwritingto see if journal and association could work together to actively seek out researchers and contacts in regions and countries not so far represented. IM reported that Intellect had in the past shown themselves to be willing to help, certainly in providing information about the circulation of the Journaland possibly in encouraging special issues about certain geographical regions.

Action:  2018-19 Exec


  1. Date and time of next meetings
  2. Milan (in person): Brief introductions and assumption of roles and activities, following AGM 14thSeptember 2018.
  3. Monthly (by skype): dates and times to be agreed, taking into account the time-zones of new members of the Exec.
  4. Porto (in person): Full meeting of Exec in person, 11th September 2019.

Action: 2018-19 Exec


First Meeting of new EC, SRN Conference Milan,  September 15th, 2018

Start: ca. 7pm          End: ca. 7:30 pm


Carmen Sofia Brenes, John Finnegan, Margret McVeigh, Christina Milligan, Paolo Russo, Claus Tieber, Anna Zaluczkowska.


The AGM re-elected Carmen Sofia Brenes and elected Margret McVeigh and Paolo Russo as new members of the EC for two years.

Claus Tieber steps down as chair and suggests Carmen Sofia Brenes as new chair. The EC unanimously approves Carmen as the new chair of the network.

The remaining members of the EC stay in their positions, Claus Tieber is taking over secretary from Ian Macdonald and will write the minutes of the monthly meetings.

Paolo Russo will be membership secretary and Margert McVeigh treasurer.

John Finnegan will support the communication, especially via social media.

The new EC has to find a fixed monthly date, Tuesdays is a first proposal.

The new members should send their bio and a picture to Anna to be published on our website.


The first monthly meeting should be in October. Date will be fixed per e-mail.



SRN Awards 2019

The Executive Council has decided to establish an annual award for outstanding achievements in screenwriting research. The first SRN awards will be given at the SRN conference in Porto in autumn 2019 in two categories:

  • Book
  • Research article

Nominated texts should be published between September 2018 and June 2019. Nominated texts should be made available to the three members of the jury, either in print or in digital form no later than June, 15th 2019. The text can be published by the date of the conference.

Book: monograph or edited volume.

In general,everything that can be included into screenwriting research from narratology to production studies, can be nominated, even when they do not deal with screenwritingexclusively.Screen writing manuals will not be considered, except the jury argues for its scholarly value beyond its primary instructional purpose.

Research article

In general,articles published in academic journals (usually peer reviewed or editor reviewed), either in print or online. Articles outside of academic journals might be considered if they fulfil the conditions of a research article in length, form and content.

The criteria for the awards are just:

  1. Best new contribution
  2. Clarity of expression


Members of the Jury:

The Executive council chose three eminent scholars in the field of screenwriting research. We are proud and happy to confirmthe following three colleagues to serve in the jury:

In alphabetical order:

Jill Nelmes

Janet Staiger

Tom Stempel


The award will be a certificate without any financial value.

Anybody can make a nomination(even non-members of the SRN) and self-nomination is allowed. Nominations should be mailed to:


Worlds of Storytelling

‘Worlds of Storytelling’ aims to discover, analyse and reflect on regional traditions of storytelling in relation to the global interests of media industries and politics. Human beings have always told stories, and storytelling acts as a powerful tool for communication, enabling us to express ideas around belonging, identity and connect within social groups (Koschorke 2012, Martínez and Scheffel 2007, Fiedler 2017, Leroi-Gourhan and Bischoff 1988). Stories, independent from the medium of presentation, are central to the cultural memory of civilisations, nations, ethnicities and other forms of social grouping (Assmann 2011, Assmann and Conrad 2010, Assmann 1993). Language, topography, climate, cultural traditions and politics influence national/regional storytelling styles, leading to rich and diverse expressions of this very human act.
    Although concepts of the transnational are key in many productions, with media content designed to reach an international audience, a distinction needs to be made between transnational productions which represent local cultures and a more homogenised globalised transnationalism (cf. Curiel 2010, amongst others). With this network research project, we aim to bring together researchers from various fields of screen studies relating to concepts of regional or national media cultures, and through this to develop an international research project around the relationship between national and global storytelling. The initial stage will culminate in a symposium from which we hope to draw out some core strands to explore future and foster international collaborative partnerships. This project may also give voice to the storytelling of minorities and small nations and support expressions of under-represented cultural identities and heritage.
Already involved are partners from China, Germany, and Australia, we are in discussion with colleagues from Canada and Brazil. The plan is to apply for funding in the UK and beyond, hopefully end of this calendar year.
    Therefore, I am inviting interested researchers to get in touch, from first ideas to more developed projects. Everyone is welcome to start the dialogue:

SRN Executive minutes June 2018

Screenwriting Research Network Executive

Minutes of Executive meeting 13:30 (Vienna time) 8th June 2018 (by Skype)

Present: Claus Tieber (Chair), Ian Macdonald (Minutes), Christina Milligan, Ronald Geerts, Carmen Sofia Brenes.

Apologies: Anna Zaluczkowska

  1. Minutes of previous meeting

These were approved.


  1. SRN Awards

The meeting approved the FAQs, which will now be forwarded to the Jurors. CT will also compose the announcement of the Awards for the AGM. Carmen will turn her attention to designing an appropriate certificate.

Action: CT, CSB


  1. Elections to the Executive from 2018

IM had emailed Eleonore Fornasari with the Timeline of deadlines, but had not yet had a reply. He will follow this up, perhaps with Armando Fumagalli, early next week. IM will also re-circulate the Timeline information to the Exec, for information.

Action: IM


  1. Conference and AGM

No new information had arrived from Armando Fumagalli. CT will circulate the Exec through the summer with relevant information as it arrives. The date and time of the AGM is as noted in last month’s minutes, and the location is yet to be confirmed. Agenda items to Claus, please. Claus is also to prepare the Annual Report and the Action Plan.

Action: CT, all


  1. 2019 Conference

Anna Z was not present so could not comment on any contact with Guilhermina Castro and Daniel Ribas, if any. However, the EC felt the best opportunity would be at the Milan conference, in any case. The one urgent item was to clarify the dates, and AZ was asked to liaise with Porto over the best/suitable dates.

Action: IM, AZ


  1. Early Career Representative

Three candidates were considered, all of a high calibre. John Finnegan of Falmouth University (UK) was co-opted as our first Early Career Representative. His first meeting with the Exec will be at the EC meeting in Milan on 12thSeptember at 15:00 hrs. The EC felt the other two should be encouraged to stand for election, and/or perhaps take over from John in 2019. A suitable email would be drafted by IM and approved by CT to be sent to them.

Action:  CT, IM


  1. Any other business: Newsletter

CM informed the meeting that the new Newsletter was nearly ready, and would be forwarded to CSB for her input on Monday.

Action: All, CM, CSB


  1. Date and time of next meetings


13:30 Vienna/Brussels time on Friday 7thSeptember 2018, by Skype.