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[ecrea] SRN2017 conference
Fri Oct 07 10:50:41 GMT 2016
*Screenwriting: Fact and Fiction, Truth and the Real*
*Call for Papers*
In order to ensure timely notification and subsequent travel planning,
please note the deadline: Abstracts for original paper presentations and
panels may be submitted until *November 15, 2016*. This date has been
set as it is national vacation time over Dec/Jan in New Zealand and all
committee members already have scheduled leave.
The 10th Screenwriting Research Network (SRN) International Conference
will be hosted by the University of Otago’s Department of Media, Film
and Communication, in partnership with the New Zealand Writers Guild. It
will take place in Dunedin, Aotearoa/New Zealand, on Monday 28th through
Thursday 31st August 2017.
The conference theme is Screenwriting: Fact and Fiction, Truth and the
Real. SRN2017 will examine how we approach/frame our storytelling, in
and from different contexts. This then brings in conventions,
orthodoxies, claims about the real and the truth (which might be
different from the ‘real’), as well as the cultural and industrial
contexts of storytelling practice(s). In other words, how we justify
telling our stories in a particular way and how these shifts impact our
work as practitioners and scholars: for example, in Aotearoa New
Zealand, why it is important to understand different cultural
perspectives which include the very nature of storytelling, if we are to
get (or get to) a particular truth. We want to discuss the role and
function of conventions regarding fact and fiction, as well as
interrogating the practices of certain genres and media.
We invite discussion about screenwriting as an art located somewhere
between fact, fiction, truth, and the real. We are particularly
interested in abstracts for presentations on the following topics:
• In relation to truth claims and narrative, can we separate the
teller from the tale?
• Writing the Real: adapting events into stories
• How does collaborative screenwriting negotiate fact, fiction,
truth, and the ‘real’?
• How do we frame the local, the national, and the indigenous?
• How can we narrate from a transnational position?
• How do specific orthodox screenwriting frameworks affect the tales
• Teaching fact, fiction, truth, and the ‘real’ in screenwriting
• Reflections on narrative theory and conventions
• Screenwriting and Literature: the adaptation of source narratives
• Censorship, ratings, and screenwriting
We would also like to invite abstracts for presentations beyond the
theme of the conference. We are looking forward to abstracts that cover
the wide field of screenwriting studies, including, but not limited to,
the following topics:
• Practice-based research in the field of screenwriting
• Writing for series television
• Different screenwriting practices and formats
• Case studies on individual writers or texts
• Historical perspectives on screenwriting and screenplays
• Screenwriting, the screenplay and different production structures
• Screenwriting and narrative theory in writing for short films
• Screenwriting for games and animation
• Screenwriting for new media forms, online, transmedia, etc. Are
stories fully transferrable from one medium to another?
• How does the digital age change screenwriting?
Proposals for individual presentations and pre-constituted panels:
Time allotted to each paper is 20 minutes plus discussion. Abstracts for
original paper presentations and panels may be submitted until November
15, 2016. Earlier submissions are welcome. Please note: original,
in-person paper presentations only (no repetitions from other
conferences or former SRN conferences. Video presentations are not
Proposals for pre-constituted panels should include no more than three
presenters (20 mins for each paper), the overall issue of the panel,
abstracts for all of the presentations and, if possible, the name and a
short biography of the chair of the panel. The chair should not be one
of the presenters. If a proposal for a panel does not include a chair,
the conference committee will appoint one.
Please send abstracts (250-300 words) as a Word document, with the email
subject heading “SRN2017 Proposal” to: (srn-2017proposals /at/ otago.ac.nz)
Remember to state your name, affiliation and contact information. Also
include a brief biographical statement (100 words) detailing your
publications and/or screenwriting practice.
We are currently in conversation with publishers about an edited
anthology. If you are interested in your abstract being considered for
such a publication, please indicate this in your submission.
The organising committee plans to notify of acceptances/rejections by
mid-December 2016. Please see our SRN2017 website at
www.otago.ac.nz/srn-2017 in the meantime. It will be updated with this
CFP/theme shortly, but currently has helpful general information
regarding Dunedin, New Zealand, and travel planning options.
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