SRN Executive Minutes – November 2022

SRN Executive Council Meeting

(via Zoom)

Monday, Nov. 21, 2022

7am Los Angeles =

Rosanne 7am

Anna W, Clarissa 10am

Jan, Isadora 4pm

Rose 11pm

 

Circulation list: Rosanne Welch (RW), Rose Ferrell (RF), Jan Cernik (JC), Isadora Garcia Avis (IGA), Anna Weinstein (AW).  ECR Clarissa Miranda (CM)

 

  1. Apologies / Take group photo

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of previous meeting

 

JC proposes / CM seconds.

 

  1. Status on officer handovers – web, ECR, Membership Officer, Secretary. Does anyone need any assistance completing the handover?

 

Rose updates on website progress, all going smoothly. Clarissa updates on Facebook site. Clarissa will send Rosanne ideas about posts for FB until she has access. Rosanne makes a call for all of us to email Clarissa with ideas for postings on FB. Rose suggests that one posting per week would be helpful. We can all help come up with ideas.

 

  1. Status on Posts to Make to Members: Call for Papers for SRN 2023 out / Approve new Call for Hosts to follow 2024 Palacký University in the Czech Republic/ Check in w/judges/ Post about this year’s Awards w/deadlines and judge’s emails.

 

Rosanne suggests that she will craft a call for hosts for the conferences beyond 2024.

 

  1. Institutional memory: YouTube/Creating password repository-Institutional memory/Creating a Discord site/Support Working Groups more/ Updating Social Media with postings of scholarships, residencies, teaching/collaborating opps/ Exiting Twitter?Rosanne suggests that we create a calendar for when different working groups should put out calls via the listserve. Jan says he will add any announcements to the newsletter. Rosanne said the web designer at her college is working on the conference website and will have it ready to go live the first week of December.
  2. Working Group: JC: Sharing site for online lectures and encourage international cooperation/Repository of Screenwriting Curricula developed by SRN members (Motion: shall one member of EC join each Working Group as liason?)Rosanne tells about her work with the WGA and making use of a liason so people know who to contact for more information. Suggests a liason on the EC who can be the liason to the working group. Rosanne will be the liason for Romana’s group, and Anna will be the liason to Max’s group.

    Rose suggests a new role for a Working Group Coordinator because it will give us more immediate interaction with working groups. Jan suggests that we invite Romana and Max to attend some of the EC meetings. This suggesting moves forward and Rosanne will invite Romana and Max to attend next meeting.

 

  1. RF: Record 2-3 SRN Conversations this year to catch up so we can do new ones only a year after a new conference has been held…Rose says it’s relatively easy to coordinate. She has three SRN members in mind and plans to send out invitations in mid-January.

 

  1. RW: Website brainstorm – other info of interest to include (Add info on where members come from to the About section of the website/make map of the world with numbers in each country showing who is from where/-put the animation on the front of the website or as the first thing when you click “Conferences” tab

Rose suggests a scrolling ‘Welcome All (different countries)’ banner. She doesn’t have the capacity to learn the software at this time but will reach out to Paolo. Anna suggests an email to the SRN members to ask

 

  1. AW: Teaching Award Research / Lifetime achievment award to Tom Stempel at SRN 2023Anna presented idea for the teaching award. Rose suggested it might overburden the EC and we’re not familiar enough with our colleagues’ teaching to fairly judge. Jan thinks the connection between research and teaching is important. Anna will draft the paragraph/proposal for the next meeting.

 

  1. Adjust Constitution: Reorganizing EC member titles and duties/Update Website / ADD ECR

 

  1. Other business

 

Decided date of next meeting:  Jan 23 – same time as Nov meeting

SRN Awards 2022

Presented at the Vienna Conference on Friday 23rd September 2022

The SRN Awards apply to eligible publications between June 2021 and May 2022 in two categories: Best Published Monograph, and Best Published Article. This includes peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. The Executive Council has worked throughout the year to consolidate the process by liaising with the expert jury, Professor Emeritus Tom Stempel, Associate Professor Eva Novrup Redvall, and Professor Carmen Sofia Brenes.  The SRN 2022 Awards winners were announced at the Vienna Conference by jury chair, Eva Novrup Redvall.

The SRN award for Best Monograph went to s. Anthony Mullins for his book Beyond the Hero’s Journey

 

The SRN award for Best Published Article went to Alison Pierce for “The Hidden Work of Women in Commissioning and Development in British Television Drama.”.

The SRN Executive Council would like to thank our judges for their time and commitment in reading all the submissions to come to these conclusions. We also want to thank all SRN members who submitted their published works to the competition. It is always an achievement to complete and article or book and have it published.

And of course, we offer the warmest congratulations to our winners, Anthony Mullins and Alison Pierce, for their outstanding works. We know they will be valuable for years to come to scholars and practitioners alike.

SRN AGM Minutes – Vienna, September 2022

Vienna 23 September

In person – EC + full membership

 

Minutes of previous meeting – unanimously Approved

 

Chair Margaret McVeigh presented the 2021-22 Activity Report which also appears on the SRN mailing list and website. She covered these areas:

 

1.)Introduction of Executive Council:

  • Margaret McVeigh (Chairperson), Griffith Film School, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
  • Rosanne Welch (Secretary), Stephens College, USA
  • Rose Ferrell (Membership and Inclusion Officer), Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
  • Rafael Leal (Web Coordinator), Pontifical Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jan Cernik (Newsletter Editor) Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • Isadora Garcia Avis (Newsletter Editor) Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

ALSO – Shaopeng Chen, China was appointed as Early Career Representative by the Executive Council and co-opted to the EC for the academic year 2021/22.

 

2.)The Executive Council held meetings on a monthly basis from 2021 to 2022 (for  a total of nine not including the March meeting cancelled due to illness). All these meetings were held online via Teams with the last meeting held face to face in Vienna before the day before the AGM. In addition to the regular meetings, its members maintained ongoing communication with one another and with the Membership.  Minutes of all meetings are published on the SRN website.

 

3.)COMMUNICATIONS (Newsletter, Website and Social media)

All relevant activities were publicized via the SRN Newsletter, JISCMail mailing list, and via social media.

 

a.)The Newsletter was regularly sent out to Members and extracts of news items were posted on Facebook. We wish to thank Jan and Isadora who collected all the news from colleagues the world over. Over the past year, the EC has discussed and implemented ways to continue to develop the circulation and outreach of the Newsletter. To that end Jan and Isadora:

  • Developed a completely new design for the newsletter
  • Established a new section with short interviews in order to share the ideas of some members, whether they are scholars or professional screenwriters, or both.

They follow this news cycle: all new items go to the Newsletter first, then are added to the News section on the SRN website and/or to the Local Initiative section (if applicable).

 

b.)The University of Leeds continues to host the SRN website. This has been the case since the SRN’s inception and will continue to be so until July 2026. The hosting cost (£100 yearly) is covered by the School and Media and Communication of the University of Leeds. We thank the University of Leeds for their continuing support.

More details on the EC’s activities regarding the Website and our Social media outlets are included in the Activities section below.

 

3.)MEMBERSHIP

As of 30 June 2022, the Network consists of 731 members. This is an increase of 109 members (+ 17.5%). This is the third year in a row where we have grown by more than 100 members. According to an analysis of JISCmail, the range of countries represented amongst our members is in the vicinity of 40.

 

a.)Diversity and inclusivity

As our membership grows, we are also beginning to see an increasingly wider range in nationalities represented each year. Over the previous 2 years, Rose Ferrell, Membership Officer has periodically put out a call to all our members to invite colleagues, students and admired mentors to join the SRN. This is part of our endeavour to expand the relevance of the Screenwriting Research Network across film industries in diverse regions in the world. This is an ongoing initiative which requires the action of every member of the SRN. Is there a scholar you admire, students who would benefit from the SRN community, or a colleague who is interested in screenwriting and film, we ask you to speak to them honestly about the value you receive from being in the Screenwriting Research Network and you will be assisting us to expand. The EC thanks Rose Ferrell for her constant dedication in liaising with new and existing Members.

 

b.)Reaching Across Borders – Asia Pacific Story Patterns

One of the initiatives taken this year to reach out to new members in the Asia Pacific and to provide opportunities for joint research projects around screenwriting was the Panel Asia Pacific Story Patterns.

 

In July 2022 the SRN Chair, Margaret McVeigh opened the conversation into research into screenwriting patterns in Asia Pacific Storytelling with the panel Asia Pacific Story Patterns held face-to-face and online for SRN Members at the ASPERA (Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association) Annual Conference Creativity Matters: Poetics. Pedagogy. Production. Policy held at Griffith Film School, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia on Tuesday July 12 2022. The panel session was titled: Opening the Conversation – “How do you tell a story?” — Asia Pacific Story Patterns and involved a presentation by and discussion with filmmakers and screenwriters from the Asia Pacific. Panellists included:

  • Dr Anne Demy-Geroe (Panel Moderator) (Course Convenor Asia Pacific Film, Griffith Film School: President NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema, author, Iranian National Cinema)
  • Dr Anthony Mullins (Award Winning Australian Screenwriter and Showrunner, author Beyond the Hero’s Journey) Professor Park Ki-yong (Chairperson KOFIC [Korean Film Council]; awardwinning Director, Editor, Screenwriter)
  • Ms Anjali Menon (Script writer & Director Ustaad Hotel, Bangalore days, Manjarrikurru; filmmakier India, United Kingdom and the Middle East.)
  • Ms Kodie Bedford (Award winning Australian Indigenous screenwriter & filmmaker)

 

The session involved over 55 participants including the panel members, 30 ASPERA face to face delegates and 20 SRN online participants and was concluded by a Call for Chapters to Asia Pacific Screenwriters and Scholars for a publication proposal in the area. The editors (Margaret McVeigh, Anne Demy-Geroe and Anthony Mullins) welcome proposals that involve collaborations between academics and industry screenwriters and filmmakers.

 

4.)ACTIVITIES

 

a.)Conferences

The current annual conferences is to be held in Vienna, Austria (2022), the next conference is Missouri, USA (2023). The conference to be held Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2024) will now be held in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The Executive will put out a call for conference hosts after 2024 as part of its Action Plan 2022/2023.

 

b.)SRN Awards

The SRN Awards apply to eligible publications between June 2021 and May 2022.

The categories for the Awards are for the Best Monograph by a single author, and the Best Article or Book Chapter in a peer-reviewed journal or other publication. The Executive Council has worked throughout the year to consolidate the process by liaising with the expert jury (i.e. Professor Emeritus Tom Stempel, Associate Professor Eva Novrup Redvall and Professor Carmen Sofia Brenes). The submission guidelines have been added to the SRN website.

The SRN Awards will be announced at the Vienna Conference by jury chair, Eva Novrup Redvall.

 

c.)History and memory archive of the SRN

The EC has continued to develop the historical/memory archive of the SRN, through conversations with previous conference organizers. This includes the work commenced under the previous Chair, Paolo Russo, where the EC began the project of creating a historical/memory archive of the SRN. The result of this was the SRN ‘Conversations’ series, which is on our Youtube channel.

The first conversation is between Ian Macdonald, Kirsi Rinne, Eva Novrup Redvall and Ronald Geerts and is about the early beginnings of the Screenwriting Research Network. In July 2022 we recorded a second ‘Conversation’ with the conference organisers of our 2012 Sydney, Australia conference and our 2013 Madison, Wisconsin conference. Executive Council Secretary, Rosanne Welch, hosted the ‘Conversation’, speaking to Kathryn Millard, Macquarie University, Sydney; Alex Munt, University of Technology, Sydney; and J.J. Murphy (retired) previously of University of Wisconsin, Madison. (Unfortunately, Kelley Conway, who collaborated with J.J. in organzing the Wisconsin conference, was not able to be with us). This Conversation has also been uploaded to the SRN website (screenwritingresearch.com) for you to access.

We began this project because we believed that the SRN is a valuable organisation precisely because of its ‘grass roots’ beginnings. These beginnings saw researchers who were isolated from each other in a field which had barely become recognised as a field of research, reach out to each other. Beginning with a one-day Symposium in Leeds in 2008, the group grew to hold its second conference in Helsinki in 2009, a third in Copenhagen in 2010, and a fourth in Brussels in 2011. One of the important legacies of this beginning is the friendly and open way that SRN members in general welcome newcomers who join us. It drives our enthusiasm for embracing screenwriters and researchers from around the globe – not just the Western world, and is evidenced too, by the fact that we do not charge a subscription fee, as many other organisations do. Another way this is shown as important is that the conferences are organised in such a way as to keep costs down to give the opportunity for all to participate no matter what their circumstances. This culture has been embedded since its inception, and we endeavour to maintain this legacy as we grow larger. For this reason, the Conversations were mooted as a way to preserve a culture of sharing and of friendship which had been so successfully developed through those early years.

 

d.)While looking at our history, it became obvious that we each are holding photos which preserve shared memories. This led to the scoping of another project by the Executive Council, that of creating a Photo album (available via Google Photo) which Members can access to share their past conference photos. Currently, the EC is considering how to administer such a project while addressing privacy issues. We will be continue to work on this over the coming year and welcome your thoughts regarding this.

 

e.)Website and social media action and development

The SRN website was streamlined in 2020-2021. The Executive continues to update and work to make the site informative and rich with knowledge important to SRN Members.

The information below is data generated according to Google Analytics. This allows us to gather useful statistics on our users’ engagement with the website, and helps us plan and put to good use as part of our new inclusivity and diversity strategy.

From August 2020 to June 2022, we had 7,418 users in 9,548 sessions and a total of 17,292 pageviews.

Data data collected so far shows us that:

– users are mostly between 25-34 years old (28.3%) or younger (23.1%);

– 46.8% male, 53.2% female; (we are sorry that Google Analytics does not show any non-binary data regarding gender)

– nearly a quarter of them accessed through mobile devices;

– users come from 134 different countries (in the last report it was “only” 92 countries;

– users come from the US (21.13%), UK (15%), China (6.62%), Australia (6.43%), Brazil (4.41%), Finland (4.15%), Netherlands (3.17%), India (2.68%), Austria (2.47%) and Japan (2.39%).

The Analytics provides several resources that will allow us to spread the word of Screenwriting Research more efficiently, as we make our website more reachable to audiences searching for related content.

The EC wishes to thank Rafael Leal for his excellent coordination and management of our website.

 

f.)Social Media

This year Executive has worked with advice from Marketing experts to fine tune the interconnection of elements of our online print (the newsletter) and social media to create a cycle of news and alerts that links current events but maintains a semi archival repository of interviews, reviews and reports on the website via the Newsletter.

Our social media activities (with particular emphasis on our Facebook presence) were run most effectively by Shoaopeng, Jan and Isadora.

Our Facebook followers are:

  • 41 % female and 57% male;
  • still come mostly from USA, UK and Australia but also from India, Germany,Brazil, Portugal, Canada, Chile, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Austria, Sweden, Ireland,Colombia, and Egypt as per the previous year with new followers from Nigeria and Vietnam
  • still mostly speak English and prefer posts about “international” content (e.g.CfPs, trade news, new publications, etc.)
  • still distributed rather evenly between age groups, which means that the pagestill offers content that is interesting for both young and advanced researchers.
  • The age distribution of our FB followers is below:

Age Group Female Followers Male Followers

25-34    9% 11%

35-44    10% 17%

45-54    11% 14%

55-64    5% 8%

65+       4% 6%

 

g.)The Youtube channel is one year old this year. A reminder it is still possible to access lectures from the SRN 2021 via registration on SRN2020.com website. The lectures do not appear on the YouTube page but can be accessed via this website using a password you will receive when you register. These lectures are available until late in 2023.

 

h.)Working Groups

The SRN has four working groups: one focused on Practice-led research, one on Collaborative Screenwriting, another one on Women and Screenwriting, and one on Teaching Screenwriting.

Last September, the Practice Based/Led working group organised its first panel at the annual conference which involved table reads of research screenplays. This year, the working group once again has organised a Practice focused panel, with actors reading research screenplay excerpts, for the Vienna conference. Maxine Gee the convenor of this working group aims facilitate more activities in the coming academic year.

 

Information about content and contacts for the working groups can be found on our website (http://screenwritingresearch.com/working-groups/). We encourage anybody who wishes to join any of the current groups to contact the relevant coordinators; drop into working group face-to-face meetings at the annual conference or, if you would like to establish a new working group, to initiate discussion among the members so as to set it up.

 

i.)Early Career Representative

The role of the Early Career Representative was introduced to explore pathways that could showcase the work of our early career and PhD candidate members. This last year the role was taken on by Shaopeng Chen who has worked with Jan and Isadora in curating the SRN social media presence as well as contributing to all EC discussions.

The ECR is not elected and remains in post for one year (although the ECR can stand up for re-appointment or for election to an EC position). The Call for Nominations for the new academic year was issued in June 2022. The EC appointed a new ECR at the September 2022 meeting – Clarissa Miranda, Brasil.

 

5.)ELECTIONS

The Executive Council consists of elected members who stand for two years as well as the invited and appointed ECR representative.

  • Two members of the EC ended their terms this year so a Call for Nominations was regularly posted in May 2022 to fill the vacancies.
  • Rosanne Welch, Rose Ferrell stood for election unopposed.

 

The EC encourage all members to consider standing for elections so that the Executive Council itself can continue its role of coordination and steering.

 

6.)MEMBER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

We wish to congratulate all members who completed their PhD, and who have had publications in 2021-22, including for example, the many members whose work has been published through Sightlines: Filmmaking in the Academy and in Palgrave Handbook of Script Development.

 

7.)PRESENTATION OF NEXT CONFERENCE LOCATION

Secretary Rosanne Welch gave a 15 minute powerpoint on Stephens College, Missouri, USA where the 2023 SRN will be held from September 20-23, 2023.  The website:

https://www.stephens.edu/srn2023/

offers information on travel and discounts on lodging. Abstracts due January 6, 2023. Acceptance and Registration opens mid-February.

 

8.)PRESENTATION OF AWARDS

Eva Novrup Redvall presented the SRN award for Best Monograph to s. Anthony Mullins for his book Beyond the Hero’s Journey

and to Alison Pierce for Best Article for her“The Hidden Work of Women in Commissioning and Development in British Television Drama.”.

 

Meeting adjourned 17:30. Next full AGM will be held at Stephens College, Missouri, USA – time TBA

SRN Executive Minutes – September 2022

SRN Minutes of Meeting – September 2022

Date Thursday 22 Sept Conference lunch break

Venue: TBA

  1. Apologies

RF not in attendance

  1. Minutes of previous meeting

Approval proposed / Seconded / Approved

  1. Conference executive activités – previous minutes action,  report, action plan, élections, forthcoming conferences, awards etc

MM discussed format of AGM presentation, suggestions for order of presentations of upcoming conferences, announcement of which award judge would announce awards.

  1. Newsletter

Ready to go post conference.

  1. ERC nominations and other positions vacant action

MM announced she is stepping down from EC for family reasons.  RL also stepping down.  EC will need to recruit a new ECR (as we do every year) and MM has someone in mind to ask here at conference.  Discussion of changes in duties. IG will take on Membership, RF will take on Website, RW will take on Chair.  JC is fine managing newsletter alone.  RW proposes Anna Weinstein for Secretary.  Approval unanimous. Answer pending.

  1. Other business

(From email from Rosanne Welch, of 14th November 2022 to rosieglow@westnet.com.au)

SRN 2023 Columbia, Missouri USA- Conference Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS
SRN 2023: GENDER AND THE FEMALE GAZE
September 20-23, 2023
The SRN (Screenwriting Research Network) is comprised of scholars, writers, and practice-based researchers. Started in 2006, the network currently has 700 members from 50+ countries. The aim of the annual International Conference is to continue, and expand, discussions around the screenplay and to strengthen a rapidly emerging, and global, research network. For more Information, please visit our website: http://screenwritingresearch.com
The 15th annual conference is organized by the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting and the School of Integrative Studies at Stephens College. The arts and humanities thrive in Columbia, Missouri, as dozens of on- and off-campus performances occur year-round at
Stephens, making the College one of Columbia’s premier centers for the performing arts.
Call for Papers:
Coming from a host college that focuses on female participation in the arts, the conference theme “Gender and the Female Gaze” wants to discuss the contributions of female screenwriters and the plethora of female-focused stories told on screen from the Silent Era  through the modern day. We encourage and embrace research that is around women of different ethnicities, religious and cultural backgrounds, and particularly hope to engage topics which relate to minority cultures within minority (and majority) communities. We are thus particularly interested in abstracts for presentations on (but not limited to) the following topics:
• Female screenwriters in silent cinema
• The influence of female writer(-directors) in contemporary culture
• Case studies on individual female screenwriter’s work
• Patterns in the women-centred stories that have been brought to the screen
• Historiography of manuals and screenwriting pedagogy where this reflects the work of female screenwriters
• Censorship of women’s stories and women’s writings
• Female screenwriters within writing partnerships
• The work of female screenwriters within script production (e.g. as showrunners, script editors or consultants)
• The question of a female voice within screenwriting
• The cultural influence of female characters created by female screenwriters
• The way life experiences led to the story told
• The challenges to their projects screenwriters often meet which speak to political, religious, gender or other barriers which may not apply to their male counterparts.
• The real-world impact of the script on its audiences and society.
• Examples of the ways women stepped out of traditional roles to work for change and an improved future for themselves and their communities through screenwriting.
• How female screen stories tackled issues of culture, religion, identity, gender and race
• How women have negotiated screen industry norms and practices, biases and social hurdles in order to tell their screen stories.
• Ways in which the professional woman’s everyday life (e.g. romance, marriage, parenthood status or citizenship) has been challenged or made more challenging because of her professional work, and vice versa.
• Issues caused by unreliable narrators of history
• Studies of cultural appropriation in screenwriting; cultural imperialism; cultural disconnect and/or discord which comes about through discourses of power
• Research into the ways in which money/ finance precludes certain stories from being told, even by successful screenwriters

Proposals for presentations beyond the theme of the conference are also welcome. The aim of the SRN being to foster research that rethinks the screenplay in relation to its histories, theories, values and creative practices, any proposal underpinned by such research will be considered. We expect papers on the broad topics of pedagogy, theory and practice – but even those may reflect the conference theme via the choices of writers chosen for inclusion in the study.

Essential Information:
Deadline for abstracts: January 6, 2023
Acceptances: February 15th, 2023
Registration by: June 30, 2023
Submissions via email and contact:
Rosanne Welch
rwelch@stephens.edu

Submission of abstracts/proposals
Proposals/Abstracts can be sent as either a Word or PDF document: please indicate
“yourname_PROPOSALTYPE” (i.e. paper or panel) clearly in the file title and in the subject heading of your submission.
All presentations will be delivered in person, in English, and be underpinned by original research work being conducted by the presenter. Multiple presenters (max. 2) for co-written papers are allowed.

1.) Proposals for traditional 20-minute papers, followed by Q&A. They should include:
Title
Author’s name
Affiliation (university, independent, practitioner, etc.)
Contact details
Abstract (max. 300 words)
4-6 keywords
short bio (max 150 words), detailing your research activity, publications and/or screenwriting practice – and if the piece contributes to the conference theme please note.

2.) Proposals for Pre-constituted panels
Proposals for pre-constituted panels can be submitted by any of the presenters or the Chair of the panel and should include:
title of the panel
brief outline (100 words maximum) of the overall topic
abstracts of all the presentations – no more than 3 papers – following abstract guidelines listed above.

Abstracts should follow the guidelines for individual papers as above and include short bios and contact details of both the speakers and the panel Chair. Wherever possible, the Chair should NOT be one of the presenters. If a proposal for a pre-constituted panel does not include a Chair, the Conference Committee will appoint one. All proposals should indicate “Panel Proposal SRN 2022 in the file title and in the subject heading of the submission email.

Website and registration
The Website for the conference will include a wealth of useful information (e.g., registration, travel arrangements, accommodation options), as well as all the updates and the program leading up to the Conference. It will go live in early December.
The conference fee is expected to be in the region of $120 USC /100 Euro.

SRN Conversations #2 is now online!

In this video, JJ Murphy, Kathryn Millard and Alex Munt talk to Rosanne Welch about the SRN conferences they organized in Madison (USA) in 2012 and Sidney (Australia) in 2013.

This is the living memory of the Screenwriting Research Network.

 

SRN Awards 2021 – 2022 – Call for Nominations

SRN AWARDS 2021 – 2022 – CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

 

The SRN AWARDS will celebrate their 3rd edition at the 2022 Conference at Vienna this September 2022.

We invite all members and colleagues to submit Nominations for the best publications of 2021/2022 by the deadline of 31 May 2022 for articles published between 1 June 2021 & 31 May 2022.

Both nominations and self-nominations are welcome.

The Awards this year will be again in two categories: 

 

Best Monograph – for single-authored or co-authored volumes (any format)

Best Journal Article/Book Chapter – Both articles and chapters normally range around 6-8,000 words but the format may vary.

 

While no ratings of journals/publishers will be a factor in the evaluation of submissions, all publications should be scholarly, fully peer-reviewed work underpinned by substantial research specifically in the area of Screenwriting Studies.

Submitted titles must have been published between 1 June 2021 & 31 May 2022.

All submissions will be evaluated independently by our Jury of distinguished academics: Professor Emeritus Tom Stempel, Associate Professor Eva Novrup Redvall and Professor Carmen Sofia Brenes.

Winners will be announced at the 2022 SRN Conference in Vienna.

 

Guidelines for the submission of nominations

All submissions in both categories should be made directly to all three members of the Jury (see contact details below) by 31 May 2022. However, early submissions are most welcome and encouraged.

MONOGRAPHS – Nominees and self-nominees should send hard copies of their monographs directly to each Juror via regular mail/courier. Publishers are usually happy to supply complimentary evaluation/inspection copies: only where this is really not possible (including, for instance, volumes due out very close to the deadline), authors can send a PDF copy of the approved preprint manuscript (in this case via email) as a backup option.

ARTICLES/CHAPTERS – Individual journal articles (i.e. not the whole journal) or chapters (i.e. not the whole book) should be sent as PDF (as per preprint approved draft) directly to the Jurors via email.

 

Contact details for all submissions:

Tom Stempel, 2711 Coolidge Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064, USA. Email: kestrs@ca.rr.com

Eva Novrup Redvall Dept. of Communication, University of Copenhagen, Southern Campus, Karen Blixens Vej 8, 2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark. Email: eva@hum.ku.dk

Carmen Sofia Brenes, School of Humanities and Communication, Universidad Finis Terrae, Av. Pedro de Valdivia 1509, Providencia, RM, Chile. Email: csbrenes@uft.cl 

 

If you have any enquiries, please contact Margaret McVeigh.

SRN 2022 Vienna – Conference Call for Papers

Call for Papers

14th Screenwriting Research Network International Conference:
Globalizing Screenwriting

22nd-24th September 2022

Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

UZA II-Rotunde, Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien

Film Academy Vienna,
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Wien

Essential Information:

Deadline for abstracts: 15th December 2021
Shortlisting/notification of acceptance by: End of January 2022
Early-bird registration: From early March until end of May 2022
Regular registration by: Mid-July 2022
Late registration by: End of August 2022
Submissions via email and contact: stephanie.schwarz@univie.ac.at

Call for Papers:

The SRN is comprised of scholars, writers, and practice-based researchers. Started in 2006, the network has achieved a substantial critical mass over the years – currently counting 700 members from 50+ countries.

The aim of the annual International Conference is to continue, and expand, discussions around the screenplay and to strengthen a rapidly emerging, and global, research network. So far, they have taken place in Leeds (2008), Helsinki (2009), Copenhagen (2010), Brussels (2011), Sydney (2012), Madison-Wisconsin (2013), Potsdam-Babelsberg (2014), London (2015), Leeds (2016), Dunedin (2017), Milan (2018) and Porto (2019) and due to pandemic online, organized by Oxford Brookes in 2021.

Submission of abstracts/proposals

Proposals/Abstracts can be sent as either a Word or PDF document: please indicate “yourname_PROPOSALTYPE” (i.e. paper, panel, or videoessay; see below) clearly in the file title and in the subject heading of your submission.

Format of presentations/abstracts

After the cancelling of the 2020 conference and the online seminar series we are planning a face-to face conference, the first since Porto 2019.

All presentations, regardless of format, must therefore 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 accept proposals for presentations in the following formats:

Individual papers

Proposals for traditional 20-minute papers, followed by Q&A. They should include:

  • Title
  • Author’s name
  • Affiliation (university, independent, practitioner, etc.)
  • Contact details
  • Abstract (max. 300 words)
  • 4-6 keywords
  • short bio (max 150 words), detailing your research activity, publications and/or screenwriting practice.

Pre-constituted panels

individual papers + Q&A (as per guidelines above) on a shared topic. Proposals for pre-constituted panels can be submitted by any of the presenters or the Chair of the
panel and should include:

  • title of the panel
  • brief outline (100 words maximum) of the overall topic
  • abstracts of all the presentations – no more than 3 papers.

Abstracts should follow the guidelines for individual papers as above and include short bios and contact details of both the speakers and the panel Chair. Wherever possible, the Chair should NOT be one of the presenters. If a proposal for a pre-constituted panel does not include a Chair, the Conference Committee will appoint one. All proposals should indicate “Panel Proposal SRN 2022 in the file title and in the subject heading of the submission email.

Audiovisual essays

Proposals are invited to present an audiovisual essay of 15 minutes maximum, in which the presenter(s) express a position on one of the above topics. It should NOT be a recording of a traditional paper presentation nor an experimental film; rather, it is an audiovisual discourse on a theoretical position. Essays can be submitted both individually or in panels of 3 videos grouped thematically (see guidelines above).

Note: the presence of the presenter at the conference is required.

Shortlisting

We warmly recommend that the abstracts be as well-drafted as possible with a well-
defined research question, a clear focus, and a short summary of the intended

content of the presentation at the time of submission.
We aim to notify acceptance/rejection of proposals by the end of January 2022.

Website and registration

The Website for the Vienna conference will include a wealth of useful information (e.g., registration, travel arrangements, accommodation options, Covid rules), as well as all the updates and the program leading up to the Conference.

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

Contacts

Please address any query regarding abstracts, registration, program, etc. to claus.tieber@univie.ac.at or stephanie.schwarz@univie.ac.at

  • Claus Tieber University of Vienna, FWF-Project (Organizer)
  • Stephanie Schwarz University of Vienna, FWF-Project (Co-Organizer)
  • Claudia Walkensteiner-Preschl, Film Academy Vienna (Co-Organizer)

Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies, University of Vienna
UZA II-Rotunde, Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien

Film Academy Vienna
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Wien

The website for the SRN2021 Research Seminar Series Online is now LIVE… and kicking!

That’s right! The wait is over, the whole event has finally taken shape and as of today you can start accessing all content and information via the website at srn2020.com (I know, but changing the domain name meant additional costs, and if sport events can keep the original 2020 name, why shouldn’t we at least in the URL).

Let’s get to business! The first thing everyone should do is register to SRN2021. Registration is FREE but “required” for everyone – speakers and regular attendees alike. This is because, among other things, while a good wealth of information is freely accessible anyway, the core content of SRN2021 – namely, pre-recorded video-presentations of papers, live panels and related recordings – will only be accessible via password, which you will receive when you register. To register, simply fill in and submit the form that applies to you (speaker or attendee) on the website. Registered delegates will also receive the login details (i.e. link, session ID and password) for all the live panels’ sessions (these will be sent out as invitations around mid-late August).

Then you can take a look at the schedule for the Live panels to get an idea of the incredible amount, variety and originality of the research being presented by our panelists this year. Despite everything that is going on, we still have 20 panels and 76 papers in our line-up. More about this in a minute.

As you all know, SRN2021 Online replaces (or, at least, will do its best to try) our Annual Conference, which had to be cancelled. Switching online meant having to adjust to the unusual format but also gives us the opportunity to make the most out of what it offers. Therefore, the SRN2021 experience is not limited to the “live” sessions: it starts before (essentially, NOW) and it continues afterwards, with the website as your central control hub for everything – as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1)    PRE-RECORDED PRESENTATIONS: all speakers have been asked to submit their papers as pre-recorded 15’ video-presentations; they will then attend their respective live Q&A panels in a few weeks’ time. Given the number of papers, the best approach is to watch as many presentations as possible ahead of the live sessions so as to be able to make an active contribution to those. On the website you can find all the abstracts and bios, and you can easily access (via password) all the presentations. A dozen or so are already online (many thanks to those of you who submitted early!) and most other submissions are expected in the next week or two – I will upload them on the website on a daily basis.

2)    LIVE PANELS: bookmark the dates on your calendars if you haven’t done so already. We kick off on Tuesday 31 August, then continue in September, on Friday 3, Wednesday 8, Monday 13 and Friday 17. The full schedule is available as a PDF document: the reference time zone is UTC/GMT (i.e. UK time), but you will find downloadable versions for all time zones (at least those of our speakers). And you can also access the programme for each individual day. The schedule is now pretty much final although some tweaks might still occur.

As per previous emails, on each day we will have two sessions so as to give delegates from all geographic areas a chance to attend at least one (colleagues from Europe can easily attend both). Unless you turn into owls you will probably miss a few sessions when it’s night time in your country: not to worry because we will record all of them and make them available ASAP as catch-up via the website. However, please please please do try and attend as many as reasonably possible: we do need lively panels to make this work. And remember that, on top of the regular panels’ Q&As, the live sessions also include the two keynotes, the AGM, the EC Elections, a round table, the SRN Awards, the Working Groups, plus time to network with colleagues. Again, info on all of these are available on the website.

Q&As: each panel will last on average 45 minutes (a little longer if it’s a panel of five). How to ask questions to our speakers? During the live session you can ask questions either in person or via chat (the chair/host will moderate these). But you can also submit your comments/questions on the website when you watch the presentations; in this case, the relevant chairs will collect them and forward them to the speakers during the live panels.

3)    The AFTERPARTY: I am planning to organize a few extra one-off events with special guests (I’m still working on this though). If things go to plan these will be in late September/October/early November. These will likely be informal chats with writers and/or producers, and/or workshops with colleagues, and/or more ad-hoc networking sessions to foster collaborations with SRN colleagues. Plus, last but not least by any means, in November we will have the ECR Symposium organized by Ann Igelström – you can find the details to submit your proposals on the website (as well as on the SRN website). The deadline is 10 August, so hurry up! And yes, if you are an Early Career Researcher you can submit to the Symposium even if you are already participating in SRN2021 (with a different paper, though).

Specific dates and events aside, the website (and all its content) will remain available to all registered delegates for the next two years, thus giving all of you plenty of time to check out research strands you might be interested in and get in touch with colleagues for potential future collaborations.

As you can see, there’s enough on the website to get you going for a long time so better get started straight away, right? I have done my best to redesign it and hopefully you will be able to navigate it as smoothly as possible: however, if you spot any errors, or bump into anything that doesn’t seem to be working properly, do give me a shout and I will try to fix it. For instance, I tried to optimize the website so it can be accessed from computers, tablets and phones, but it looks like older devices might have some issues displaying some content.

You will notice a few pages on the website still marked as “Coming soon”. These are still under construction and will become available within the next few days. One of these, for instance, will allow you to search for content in different ways based on your interests. If you are not familiar with Zoom (the videoconferencing platform we will be using for our live sessions) you will soon find guidance and tips on the website. Or, again, the specific pages for individual days of the live panels. I will send out weekly updates from now on, each one focusing on a few specific things in the lead-up to the live sessions.

One final reminder: on Day 4 (13 September) we will hold our AGM and the elections of three new members of the Executive Council of the SRN. Please consider standing for election: the call for nominations was issued last month, is available on the SRN website here, and you will soon find the relevant info on the SRN2021 website as well. The deadline to submit your nominations is 16 August and we will set up a secure online voting system in the forthcoming days.

This is it for today.

Do explore the website, register right away, get watching the presentations, mark the dates on your calendar and start enjoying SRN2021!