13th SRN International Conference website is now on!

We are glad to announce that the website of the 13th SRN International Conference (SRN2020) to be held at Oxford Brookes University next September is now live and can be accessed at the following URL:

https://srn2020.com/

Although still work in progress, it already contains plenty of useful information that you can use to start planning and making arrangements: e.g. the Call for Papers and Submission details, campus location, travel and airport transfer information, suggested options for accommodation (including affordable rooms on-campus and guest houses near the university campus), and more.

We will keep adding content to other sections of the website (e.g. Registration, venues and facilities, Catering, Conference programme, abstracts and lots more) in the forthcoming months based on deadlines and availability. We will notify you of any relevant updates in due course.

We take this opportunity to remind everyone that the deadline for the submission of abstracts is approaching. Please send us your proposals by Sunday 15 DECEMBER 2019. Details of acceptable formats and submission guidelines are available in the Call for Papers section of the website.

SRN Executive Minutes – October 2019

Minutes of SRN EC Meeting

21.10.2019 at 10 pm GMT/UTC (via Skype)

Attendees: Carmen Sofia Brenes (CSB), Rose Ferrell (RF), Alexandra Ksenofontova (AK), Margaret McVeigh (MM), Paolo Russo (PR), Rosanne Welch (RW)
Apologies: Rafael Leal (RL)

Agenda

1. Approval of Minutes of September meetings

a. EC Meeting 11.9.19
b. AGM 13.9.19
c. New EC – first informal Meeting 13.9.19

All Minutes approved; all action points itemized in the rolling agenda for the new academic year.
ACTION: RL to upload these – as well as Annual Report and Action Plan as approved at AGM in Porto – on Website

2. Experiences from Porto Conference:

• Re: photos posted on social media by the Porto conference organizers, AK pointed out that privacy rules in some countries (e.g. Germany) allow individual members to tell conference
organizers if they do NOT want photos of themselves posted social media. It was suggested that future conferences could/should include on the registration section of their website an
“opt out” check box.
ACTION: PR to include option in SRN2020 website

• It was suggested that the Newsletter could collect comments from attendees of the Porto conference. For example, Rakeesh Sengupta and JJ Murphy – i.e. the winners of the first SRN
Awards.
ACTION: MM and RW to collect comments

• Could the Newsletter include updates on JOS, especially for the benefit of new members? It was noted that the Editorial Board of JOS is currently undergoing restructuring.
ACTION: MM and RW to liaise with the new Editors when possible.

3. News/update re: SRN2020 Oxford Conference:

• SRN2020 in Oxford will test the 4-day format proposed in Porto. Day 1 will set aside the
morning for EC meetings and similar, with official start after lunch time.

• It will also provide more spaces to have informal/networking/speed dating meetings. In the
future, this will have to be provided for by the various conference organizers.

• PR is working on website for registration – it will include lots of useful details for attendees.
It should be launched at some point in November.
ACTION – ALL to forward CfP to Research Networks/societies/mailing lists/social media as possible. Could use shared list on GoogleDrive

• It was asked whether simultaneous translation could be made available but this would be too expensive (even in case a sponsor was found) and have an impact on registration fee.

4. SRN 2022 Missouri:

ACTION: PR and CSB to send final letter of approval to RW

5. Newsletter (MM, RW)

• Part of this was covered earlier in meeting (see above).
• The new issue of the Newsletter will be out by end of November. 3 issues a year.
• RL is looking into option to have automatic alerts when each issue is uploaded.
ACTION: RL to update on this at next EC meeting

6. Membership (PR, RF)

Admin of JISCMail and new membership application has been handed over to RF.

Items 7, 8 and 9 (below) were noted as relevant topics for rolling agenda of forthcoming meetings in
Nov19-June20.

7. Content/Use of the SRN Web presence

8. ECR activities

9. Action Points for new year: EC to prioritize

a. Relationship between the SRN and the JoS
b. Diversity and awareness
c. Address membership in underrepresented regions
d. Initiatives in specific regions (visibility, liaising, etc.)
e. SRN Awards
f. Elections: Call for nominations
g. Conferences
h. Renewal of website domain
i. Discussion on membership fee

10. Any other business

There was no other business.

11. Date of next meeting: Monday 18 November, 10 pm UTC (TBC)

Confirmed at meeting. However, due to DST change coming into effect at the end of October, the
next meeting will actually start at 9 pm UTC/GMT, as per time pool spreadsheet shared among EC
members.

EC meeting ended at 11.05 pm GMT/UTC

SRN Executive Council Members

Here you can find information about the Executive Council and its activities (below). The current members of the Executive Council are:



Carmen Sofía Brenes
(Chairperson), full professor of poetics and screenwriting at the School of Communication of Universidad de los Andes (Chile), Carmen is interested in the practical and professional current validity of Aristotle’s Poetics in screenwriting. Following Paul Ricoeur and Juan José García-Noblejas, she sees an analogy between the theory of human action and the theory of the audiovisual text. She has published two books on screenwriting, and has conducted screenwriting and film reception workshops in Latin America and Europe. She also works as a consultant on screenwriting projects in Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador, Italy, Spain and Belgium. She has a page at Academia.edu and tweets with @csbrenes


Rose Ferrell (Membership officer) is an independent researcher and practitioner and an adjunct lecturer at one of Australia’s premier acting schools, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), within Edith Cowan University, in Perth. Rose has a background in film production as both a technician and creator of fiction and non-fiction, and as a leader / trainer in community arts film projects. As a screenwriter and researcher, Rose’s interests are in creative practice, screenwriter’s voice and cultural-national inflection in voice. Her writings have been published in the Journal of Screenwriting (Intellect, 2017), Transcultural Screenwriting: Telling Stories for a Global World (Cambridge Scholars 2017), and will appear in the forthcoming Palgrave-Macmillan Handbooks of Screen Production (in press) and of Script Development (expected to be available in 2020). Rose’s latest work is a stage musical, Her Latest Flame.


Alexandra Ksenofontova (Early Career Representative) has been in screenwriting research for over nine years, dedicating her two Master theses and her PhD project to European screenwriting. From her five-year undergraduate program in German philology at the Moscow State University and the Humboldt University of Berlin, to her MA in literature, philosophy and aesthetics at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), she pursued the topics of screenplay as a literary genre and screenwriting for silent film. In 2019, she completed her PhD in comparative literature at the Free University of Berlin with a dissertation on the history of experimental silent screenwriting. She has published in the Journal of Screenwriting and co-founded the SRN-inspired German research network Drehbuchforschung in 2018.


Rafael Leal (Website Coordinator) is a screenwriter and executive producer based in Rio de Janeiro. Professor of Screenwriting at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and PhD Candidate in Film at Fluminense Federal University, Rafael researches how immersive narratives challenge linear screenwriting. His creations include the feature film Too Soon and TV shows Queenpin and Jungle Pilot, whose development was subject of the chapter Transcultural Collaboration in Screenwriting: Jungle Pilot’s Case Study, published in the book Transcultural Screenwriting: Telling Stories for a Global World (Cambridge Scholars). You can find him at Academia.edu, LinkedIn or IMDb.


 

Margaret McVeigh PhD (Newsletter Editor) is Senior Lecturer and Head of Screenwriting and Contextual Studies at Griffith Film School, Griffith University, Brisbane. She has an industry background in publishing, corporate communications and education and holds a PhD in Film and New Media Narrative. Margaret has worked in the Film and Television industries in Australia and the UK, including as Commissioning Editor for John Wiley & Sons Publishers and as a Writer and Education Reviewer for the ABC’s (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Online Education Portal, ABC Splash. Margaret has researched, published and addressed conferences in Asia, Europe, the USA and Australia on Screenwriting and Creativity and the writing and making of Transnational film co-productions. She is co-editor with Carmen Sofia Brenes (Chile) and Patrick Cattryse (Belgium) of Transcultural Screenwriting: Telling Stories for a Global World  (Cambridge Scholars 2017).


Paolo Russo (Secretary) is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University (UK) where he researches and teaches screenwriting, story development (feature, short, serial drama) and film history. He is on the editorial boards of Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies (Intellect) and L’Avventura – International Journal of Italian Film and Media Landscapes (Il Mulino). He published a History of Italian Cinema (2008), an edited volume on screenwriting in Italy (2014), articles on the Journal of Screenwriting, and several chapters in edited books (see here).

A former script reader, ghostwriter and story editor for feature, and video-game localizer, he is also a professional screenwriter. He co-wrote the feature Three Days of Anarchy, which premiered at the 2006 Tokyo Film Festival and went on to 30+ festivals all over the world. More recently, he has been working on TV serial drama and animation projects, currently in development as Co-Creator and Head Writer of Burns with Cysa Productions and as Staff Writer on Topo Gigio – The Series.

You can email Paolo at paolo.russo@brookes.ac.uk, tweet him at @PaoloRu92465734, look him up on Academia.edu, and find him on Facebook at paolo.russo.583234.


Rosanne Welch, PhD, (Treasurer and Newsletter Editor) serves as Executive Director of Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting where she created a set of History of Screenwriting courses (because ‘History of Film’ courses become History of Directors’ courses and thereby ‘History of Great Men’) and teaches courses in One-Hour Drama. Her television writing credits include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences, ABCNEWS: Nightline and Touched by an Angel. Welch edited When Women Wrote Hollywood (2018), named runner-up for the Susan Koppelman Award honoring the best anthology, multi-authored, or edited book in feminist studies by the Popular Culture Association. She co-edited Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia (named to both the 2018 Outstanding References Sources List and to the list of Best Historical Materials, by the American Library Association) and wrote Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Popular Culture. In 2016 Welch gave the talk “The Importance of Having a Female Voice in the Room” at the TEDxCPP (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JFNsqKBRnA). She also serves as Book Reviews Editor of the Journal of Screenwriting.

SRN Executive Minutes – September 2019

Minutes for SRN Executive Council meeting

Porto, 11 September 2019 at 1630 hrs

 

Attending: Paolo Russo, Anna Zaluczkowska, Margaret McVeigh, Christina Milligan

Apologies: John Finnegan, Carmen Sofia Brenes, Claus Tieber

 

Paolo Russo acting as Secretary and also Chair in the absence of Claus and Carmen.

 

  1. Minutes from previous meeting:  Approved.
  2. To pass on to new EC:   Nothing extraordinary to pass on.  
  3. Agenda for the AGM:   Proceed with circulated agenda sent out 30 August.
  4. Membership:   561 – up 68 from 2018 – mostly UK, Australia, US – also new members from e.g. Guatemala, Italy, Brazil.
    1. Suggested that new EC could work more on encouraging new members from e.g. Asian countries – ACTION POINT (New EC)
  5. Executive Council:   No elections needed as nominations match number of retiring members.
    1. Three new members: Roseanne Welch, Rose Ferrell, Rafael Leal.
    2. New Early Career Researcher: Alexandra Ksenofontova – who already confirmed.
    3. Chair: Carmen Sofia Brenes to remain Chair.
    4. At next/first new EC meeting, discuss other positions – ideally Secretary from one of more experienced members
  6. Conference format: numbers have increased over the years – from about 40 to start with, to about 180 people registered last year with about 120 papers delivered; this year expected to be about 110-115. 

Discussion over size of conference re number of papers in parallel and number of plenaries.

    1. Based on past years, about 90 papers have felt about right for three days. No wish to be prescriptive but maybe 90-100 + 3 keynotes could be suggestion for future conferences.
    2. Is it time to have a four-day conference? Would accommodate 100 papers better – to be brought up at the AGM this year and introduced formally at 2020 conference
    3. Need to have space to encourage ECRs etc.
    4. Are posters a possibility eg? Or other formats? More types of pre-constituted panels?
    5. Discussion around good points (e.g. sponsorship) and bad (focus of discussion away from actual research) of involving the industry as in NZ 2017

 

  1. Confirmation of Conferences for 2020-2023
    1. Oxford 2020 – theme: pushing boundaries
      1. Paolo briefs on Oxford and conference statistics in general:
        1. Looks like the SRN Awards have prize secured for next couple of years
        2. Cost of a conference tends to be between 12-18k GBP, including prizes for awards. 
        3. Registration fees tend to be around 90-110 GBP – staying pretty constant although what is included can vary (e.g. whether lunches and/or dinners are included).
        4. Discussion re whether late fee should be double ordinary fee – feeling is that it is a little too punitive – should be less.  
        5. Should we set up a fund for some free places?  Worry about how to administer and whether it is at all fair – how does one decide who gets the places?  Maybe a bursary of some sort? – ACTION POINT (new EC)
    2. Vienna 2021 (confirmed) – theme: global
    3. Missouri 2022 (confirmed, but formal letter pending) – theme: screenwriting and women – or perhaps gender – ACTION POINT: PR to circulate the proposal for 2022 to EC – so that letter of acceptance can be sent to RW
    4. Rio, Brazil 2023 (confirmed) – theme: different take on postcolonial/decolonization
  • ACTION POINT – EC could think about publicising the new cycle of CfPs earlier than  they currently have been.

 

  • ACTION POINT (new EC, PR) – Should there be a template for future conference organizers?  There is a feeling that this would be helpful – Paolo suggests he could provide it.

 

  1. Membership fee: discussion re whether there should be a fee for belonging to the SRN?  Could be a small amount – say 10 GBP? Reprise of past discussions re running an organisation that takes in money – brings responsibilities with it.  Reluctance around the table re this. Further discussion re other ways to handle this and suggestion new EC continue exploring this. – ACTION POINT (New EC)
  2. SRN Awards: ask the organizers of this year to announce.
    1. Need to publicise the awards more but they are new, so hopefully now people are more aware of them. – ACTION POINT (New EC)
    2. Agree that rotating the jury every second year feels about right.
  3. Domain for SRN webpage is renewed for another two years from July 2019 – possibly after that things will need to be reconsidered.  New EC needs to think about this sooner rather than later.  – ACTION POINT (New EC)

 

Date for next meeting – informal meeting of new EC at conference after AGM.  Next formal meeting date to be decided once new EC gathers

 

Meeting closes 18:10.

 

 

First Meeting of new EC, SRN Conference Porto, September 13th, 2019

Start: ca. 7:50 pm          End: ca. 8:10 pm

Attending: Margaret McVeigh (MM), Paolo Russo (PR), Rafael Leal (RL), Alexandra Ksenofontova (AK), Rosanne Welch (RW), Rose Ferrell (RF)

  1. The AGM elected Rafael Leal, Rosanne Welch and Rose Ferrell as new members of the EC for two years.
  2. The EC inducted Alexandra Ksenofontova as ECR for one year.
  3. The EC unanimously confirms CFB as Chairperson and PR as Secretary. MM takes over the Newsletter, aided by RW (formally nominated as Treasurer). RL will be Website Coordinator. RF will be in charge of Membership.
    1. Reminder that the Chair normally collects suggestions and sets the agenda of the monthly meetings, and the Secretary will write the minutes. In the absence of the Chairperson, the Secretary acts as temporary Chair, and another member of the EC will have to take minutes.
    2. RL to liaise with Anna Zaluzcowska to take over Website ownership.
    3. RF to liaise with PR to take over Membership/JISCMail ownership.
    4. RW to liaise with MM to plan Newsletter.
    5. AK has already liaised with John Finnegan; will continue to coordinate ECR activities and will support the communication, especially via social media.
  4. The new EC has to find a fixed monthly date for the regular meetings. Follow up emails confirmed the third Monday (Tuesday for Australia) of each month, starting in October. 
  5. The new members should send their bio and a picture to RL to be post on the website.

 

 

Minutes of Annual General Meeting, SRN, Porto, 13 September 2019 at 18:30

 

Apologies: Carmen Sofia Brenes, Claus Tieber

 

Acting Chair:  Paolo Russo

 

 

Minutes from AGM 2018:  Approved

 

Annual Report 2018-19 read by Chair

  • Thanks to John  Finnegan for excellent service as Early Career Representative
  • Statistics: 561 (+68/ 11.5%) from 51 countries (+4)
  • Latin America, Asia, Africa underrepresented as yet
  • Gender-balance remarkably balanced
  • Membership has been formalised a little after discussion at last AGM
  • Discussion re membership fees remains ongoing – if it is introduced, it should be kept quite low – there are fishhooks attached to charging fees
  • Awards established this year
  • Working groups: four at present – information is on the website – suggested that groups could raise their visibility at conferences – if people wish to establish a working group, this is encouraged – details of how to do this given out
  • Early Career Representative activities reported including SRN one-day conference at Falmouth – and Script Department podcast which will soon be made available

 

Action plan has been circulated and will be put up on the website – members invited to get in touch with any feedback

Action plan 2019-20: Approved 

 

Report on progress of publication of articles from Milan 2018 

  • Comunicazioni Sociali special issue just out with some articles
  • JoSc just out featured some articles
  • Members encouraged to submit articles from this year’s conference
  • JoSc Special Issues: upcoming issue dedicated to women/gender – CfP has gone out
  • Media Aesthetics and Media Usage book series brought to members’ attention
  • Palgrave Studies in Screenwriting series reminded to members
  • New Peter Lang series brought to members’ attention

 

Conferences:

  • Number of panels and papers shown in graph – real growth
  • Four-day format proposed
    • Comments on timing of conferences for US members difficult (start of school year). Difficulty for US members re timing would be even harder if event were four days; but other US members see no significant impact compared to three days
    • Or start halfway through first day which Oxford 2020 may/will do
  • Discussion re whether to have one day for ECRs, rather than full four-day event
  • Discussion re whether abstracts should be peer-reviewed – also re need to ensure abstracts are well focused – and whether number of papers should be limited
  • Upcoming conferences
    • 2020 – Oxford Brookes, UK – Weds 9th – Sat 12th September – theme: Pushing Boundaries
    • 2021 – Vienna, Austria – theme: Global – likely early October
    • 2022 – Columbia, Missouri, US – theme: Gender/Women – likely early Sept
    • 2023 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – theme: Decolonising screenwriting

 

Elections: (Ronald Geerts election officer)

  • New ECR: Alexandra Ksenofontova
  • New members: Rosanne Welch, Rafael Leal, Rose Ferrell
  • EC needs to ensure call for nominations well publicised and early enough each year.

 

Annual Report 2018-2019:  Approved.

 

Awards:

  • Jury: Jill Nelmes, Janet Steiger, Tom Stempel
  • $500 US prize for Best Monograph
  • $100 US prize for Best Article (prize money donated anonymously)

Awarded to:

  • Monograph:  JJ Murphy – Rewriting Indie Cinema: Improvisation, pyschodrama, and the screenplay
  • Article: Rakesh Sengupta – Writing from the margins of media: Screenwriting practice and discourse during the first Indian talkies
  • Eva Novrup Redvall will join Janet Steiger and Tom Stempel on next year’s jury
  • Brief discussion re whether languages other than English could be submitted. ACTION POINT (New EC)

 

Meeting closes at 19:45

 

 

 

SRN 2020 CONFERENCE, OXFORD – CALL FOR PAPERS

13th SCREENWRITING RESEARCH NETWORK INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

“PUSHING BOUNDARIES”

Oxford Brookes University (UK), September 9–12, 2020

 

*** NOTE – This is a SHORT version of the CfP containing essential information only.

Please read the FULL CfP here: SRN2020 – Call for Papers  ***

 

 The 13th annual International Conference of the Screenwriting Research Network (SRN 2020) will be hosted by Oxford Brookes University in the UK, on Wednesday 9th through Saturday 12th September 2020.

The Conference is organized by the Film Studies Research Unit with the support of the School of Arts of Oxford Brookes University through Quality-Related (QR) research funding. The main location of the Conference will be the John Henry Brookes Building at the Headington Campus. Oxford is well known for its history, culture and academic tradition.

In order to ensure timely notification of shortlisted delegates and subsequent travel planning, please note the deadline for the submission of all proposals/abstracts by 15 December 2019.

 

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

Calendar (summary of deadlines)

Submissions of abstracts by: 15 December 2019

Shortlisting/notification of acceptance by: End of January 2020

Early-bird registration: From early March until 31 May 2020

Regular registration by: 15 July 2020 

Late registration by: 25 August 2020

Conference: 9-12 September 2020

 

Keynotes speakers and special guests to be announced in early 2020.

 

Submission of abstracts/proposals

Proposals/Abstracts can be sent as either a Word or PDF document: please indicate “Yourname_PROPOSALTYPE” (i.e. PAPER, PANEL, ESSAY or POSTER; see details in Full CfP) clearly in the file title and in the subject heading of your submission email to info@srn2020.com

Deadline for submission of all proposals: 15 December 2019

Earlier submissions are much welcome.

All presentations, regardless of format, must be delivered in person (i.e. no pre-recorded presentations), in English, and be underpinned by original research work being conducted by the presenter (i.e. no recycling/repetitions from previous SRN or other conferences). Multiple presenters (max 2) for co-written papers are allowed. 

We aim to notify acceptance/rejection of proposals by the end of January 2020.

 

Website and registration

The SRN 2020 Website will go live within a few weeks from the posting of this CfP.

It will include a wealth of useful information (e.g. registration, travel arrangements, accommodation options), as well as all the updates and the programme leading up to the Conference. 

Registration will have the usual phased deadlines (early-bird, regular, late-premium, student concession); the early-bird fee is expected to be in the region of £100 (GBP).

 

Contacts

Please address any query regarding abstracts, registration, programme, etc. to info@srn2020.com

For any other informal query, do contact the Conference Director (Paolo Russo) directly at paolo.russo@brookes.ac.uk