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 will therefore be concerned with the politically revolutionary and technologically or aesthetically innovative aspects of film, television and screen media around the world.

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

  • Ken Loach: In a career spanning over half a century – from the ground-breaking television work of The Wednesday Play to last year’s Palme d’Or winning I, Daniel Blake via such timeless classics as Kes – Ken Loach has established himself as arguably Britain’s most important living filmmaker. He is also the perfect embodiment of the conference’s central theme.
  • 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 final programme for the conference is now available: Conference Schedule & Programme.

Registrations for the BAFTSS conference have now closed. For all enquiries, please email

PG students presenting papers or posters can apply for a travel bursary here.

Information about general practical matters (directions, accommodation, etc) is available here.

For any enquiries regarding the conference, please contact .


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 ( BAFTSS will arrange and pay for printing of those selected for display at 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!