Industry-focused research and pedagogy within film and television studies has dramatically increased in recent years. While the importance of industrial conditions in shaping the production and circulation of film and television texts has been of longstanding importance to scholarly debate, the impact agenda, an increased emphasis on graduate employability, and the embedding of the notion of the creative industries in public, policy and academic discourses have increased the relevance of the screen industries to research and pedagogy. Likewise, the transformations in industrial practice associated with convergence, conglomeration, digitisation, democratisation and the ‘culturalisation’ of economies have brought into view the multiple and contradictory impacts the screen industries have on economies, culture and the environment. Industry-focused research is often interdisciplinary, drawing upon methodological and epistemological traditions from the humanities and social sciences. The members of the Screen Industries SIG feel that these and other factors make industry-focused research both a key source of innovation in the field of film and television studies, and an important locus requiring specific and sustained critical engagement.
The Screen Industries SIG works to reflect, promote and advance historical and contemporary industry-focused research within film, television and screen studies by providing a forum for interdisciplinary communication and exchange, and a platform for the dissemination of cutting edge scholarship. ‘Industry-focused research’ is understood in broad terms. Specific areas of concern include, but are not limited to:
- The multiple cultural, economic, social and environmental impacts of the film, television and screen industries;
- Critical analysis of the relationship between screen industries and institutions and the academy, in terms of research and pedagogy, policy and practice;
- The relationships between screen industry structures, organisation and practices, and audio-visual form and aesthetics;
- The advancement of interdisciplinary methodologies for the production of industry-focused knowledge and critical analysis;
- Questions of equality and social justice in all aspects of the film, television and screen industries, including labour markets, labour processes, organisational and institutional structures, distribution and circulation, consumption and representation.
The BAFTSS Screen Industries SIG has links with the European Communications Research and Educational Association (ECREA) Media Industries and Cultural Production thematic section, chaired by David Hesmondhalgh.