BAFTSS 6th Annual Conference 2018

Revolution: Politics, Technology, Aesthetics

University of Kent (12-13 April 2018)


From its origins at the end of the 19th century, the medium of film has been inextricably bound up with technological, political and aesthetic revolutions. The new technology ushered in the new ways of seeing and conceptualizing the world characteristic of modernity and was subsequently enthusiastically embraced and championed by revolutionary movements at various ends of the political spectrum. Television’s impact roughly half a century later was no less dramatic, and in the new millennium, the digital is both reshaping the media landscape and, as the Arab Spring made clear, once more influencing political change.

The 6th BAFTSS Annual Conference, to be held at the University of Kent (12-13 April 2018), will therefore be concerned with the politically revolutionary and technologically or aesthetically innovative aspects of film, television and screen media around the world.

We invite individual papers or panels consisting of three papers (in English) on all aspects related to these broad themes. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Thematically or aesthetically innovative films, filmmakers and film movements.
  • The relationship between film and politics.
  • The impact of new technologies.

We are also delighted to announce that the conference will feature keynotes by the following recipients of the BAFTSS Outstanding Achievement Award, whose works have been revolutionary in their respective fields:

  • Tony Garnett, the pioneering British film and TV producer whose work on The Wednesday Play and with Ken Loach had a lasting impact on British television and socially-committed cinema and who, as chairman of World Productions, continued to innovate into the new millennium.
  • Professor Susan Hayward, a true path-breaker in the discipline of film studies, responsible for pioneering work on the study of national cinemas, stars and the representation of gender and sexualities in film which greatly influenced future generations of scholars.

The conference will also host a special panel discussion chaired by Professor Andrew Higson on the question of screen studies and interdisciplinarity in relation to the current transformations and challenges in academia.

To present at BAFTSS you must be a member in the year on which you submit a proposal and in the year in which you present at the conference. Membership runs from January to December; you can join here.

Forms for panels and individual proposals can be downloaded here:

BAFTSS Individual Conference Proposal Form 2018

BAFTSS Panel Conference Proposal Form 2018

Note that proposals must be sent to the conference organisers by using these forms which when completed should be sent to by 28th November 2017.

You will be notified whether your proposal has been accepted in Jan 2018. Further details about conference registration, rates and awards to be made at the event will follow on future posts.

BAFTSS Postgraduate Research Poster Showcase 2018

 The BAFTSS Executive Committee would like to invite postgraduate members to showcase their doctoral research during the 2018 conference at the University of Kent (Canterbury, 12-13 April 2018).  We will host a display of research posters in a central space at the conference, and offer a prize of £100 to the poster judged to be the winner by a general ballot of delegates.  Our aim is to provide a structured yet comfortable forum for scholarly exchange, while promoting the visibility of the research being conducted within our postgraduate community.

Guidelines: The key to a successful poster is to distill your research into brief text and a clear design that will spark the interest of conference delegates and facilitate conversation with them.  We are looking for a snapshot of your research that engages an audience with the broad lines rather than the forensic detail of your arguments. We are looking for a good balance between text and visuals, and want your poster to be the platform for further discussion with delegates inspired to find out more about your work.  Please see some examples of successful research posters below:

Closing date: Friday 16th March 2018

Please submit your poster as an attachment (in PDF format) in the first instance to the BAFTSS Secretary Sue Harris ( Those selected for display at the conference will have to be submitted in colour-printed A2 size, in either portrait or landscape format, to the conference organisers one week before the conference.

There is a lot of information on the internet about poster design, and these sites give specific ideas and guidance for Humanities researchers:

We look forward to receiving your submissions!