BAFTSS 2020 Conference Bursaries: closed. BAFTSS is offering a limited number of conference bursaries of up to £100 each in order to support travel costs and other relevant expenses. The scheme is open to all PGR students, Early Career Researchers and Independent Scholars wishing to participate in the 8th Annual BAFTSS conference activities. Priority will be allocated to those presenting either a paper or a poster at the Conference, but anyone requiring support in this way may apply. Deadline: closed. Application Form.

Updated 17March 2020

Event cancelled : BAFTSS 2020 Conference “Rethinking Screen Cultures”, University of St Andrews. 16th-18th April 2020.

unfortunately this event has had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus. See for further information. 

At a time when Film, Screen and TV Studies is placing increasing emphasis on interdisciplinary methodologies and fresh objects beyond the traditional canon, this conference seeks to foreground new directions and methodologies in the discipline. These ‘new’ directions often move beyond the screen and this conference will explore the varied ways in which screen media, from early industrial film to VR, is produced, distributed, circulated, exhibited, archived and consumed. Screen Cultures shape our political and social frames of reference, and are frequently at the centre of contemporary global debates, whether around the environment, global finance, citizen activism or ‘fake news’. The conference explores the ways that our discipline – and screen media more broadly –  can challenge, deconstruct and critically analyse a world order historically sustained by screen media. Conference Programme 

Cancelled: The Colour and Film SIG Panel is scheduled for: 09:30 – 11:00 Thursday 16th April 2020, Byre Auditorium, University of St Andrews. ‘Chromatic Materials: Rethinking Colour Cinema through the Fashion Film’. The panel includes presentations by Kirsty Dootson Sinclair, Natalie Snoyman and Lucy Moyse Ferreira. 

Postponed ( more information available soon) The Colour and Film SIG Meeting 2020 was to be held: 11:00 – 11:20 Saturday 18th April 2020 in Parliament Hall at the University of St Andrews. This SIG meeting has been postponed.

Registration Closed event cancelled  Standard rate delegate: £160 (three days) or £110 (two days) Reduced rate delegate (unwaged/unsalaried/students): £80 (three days) or £55 (two days). Registration deadline: closed 

17 March 2020

Announcement: Fifth International Colour in Film Conference, BFI Southbank London. 11th -13th March 2020The event is co-organised by the Colour Group GB and HTW – University of Applied Sciences Berlin and ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors (University of Zurich)  in collaboration with The British Film Institute (BFI) .The event will include screenings, keynote lectures and presentations from international film and colour scholars. Programme Registration Full fee: £118 [Full Fee for Members of the Colour Group, GB, HTW Berlin, University of Zurich, BFI:  £95]; Student: £45 [Student fee for Members of the Colour Group, GB, HTW Berlin or University of Zurich, BFI: £25]

18:30 Thursday 12th March 2020 conference film screening (ticketed separately): Magnificent Obsession (Douglas Sirk, 1954) Introduced by Barbara Flueckiger,  University of Zurich, Switzerland.

updated 24 February 2020

CFP: Frames Cinema Journal Special Issue on The Politics of Colour Media, Issue 17, Summer 2020. Guest Editor: Kirsty Sinclair Dootson. Co-Editors-in-Chief: Ana Maria Sapountzi & Peize Li. Book Review Editor: Patrick Adamson.

Although colour has historically been trivialised as superficial, feminine, cosmetic, and decorative, the 17th issue of Frames Cinema Journal, guest edited by Dr Kirsty Sinclair Dootson, interrogates and celebrates colour as a potent political force. Colour media around the globe, chief amongst them film and television, have established, reinvented, progressed, and aestheticised national, political, social, and cultural profiles, evolving an ideological currency alongside their aesthetic values. This issue of Frames therefore examines the political power of colour media by simultaneously gazing at these intersecting ideological, technical, and aesthetic histories. Precisely because colour does not comprise a single technology or set of visual practices, but a host of interlocking apparatuses and contingent aesthetic principles, we invite submissions that attend to any aspect of chromatic media from around the world. Read More

Deadline for Abstracts (250words) and Bio Notes (150 words): 28th February 2020. Abstract Decision: 9th March 2020.  First Draft Deadline: 27th April 2020

added 27th December 2019

Conference rescheduled.
Darkrooms and Representations: Histories of Photography, Film and Exploration Conference. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Darkrooms and Representations Conference dates postponed (old dates 2-3 April 2020)

New conference dates: 17th -18th September 2020.

Keynote Speakers: Dr Geir Kløver (Director, The Fram Museum), Dr Lawrence Napper (Senior Lecturer, King’s College London), Bryony Dixon (Curator of Silent Film, British Film Institute). Programme     Registration. £60 (students, concessions). £80 (salaried, full fee).

The role of photography and film has often been relegated to that of illustration, yet its uses – as a visual record, in scientific research, education and travelogues – have been varied and at times ingenious. From experimentation with technologies in extreme environments (telephoto lenses, glass plate negatives, flashlight photography, chrono-photography, photomicrography, cinematography) to the practices that have emerged through ethnographic studies, meteorology, astronomy, oceanology, cartography and the documentation of wildlife, the mediation of photography and film has made otherwise inaccessible geographies visible. Yet, this ‘window’ on to the world is constructed, it is made using materials and techniques which tell a story: from a physical trace of the environment to a record of scientific and cultural practices.

This interdisciplinary conference examines the history of exploration through film, photography and photographers, scientific techniques, artistic practices and in the mediation and display of museum collections for exhibition: from photographic materials and technologies to the darkroom practices that shape visual representations and underpin or counter voyage narratives. It brings together scholars, photographers and archivists who work on the histories, theories and philosophies of photography, film and audio-visual forms which intersect with narratives of exploration: its politics, ideologies (gender, class, imperialism) their subversion and subtexts through to its use in educational and entertainment forms both past and present. Read more

Enquires: Lizelle de Jaeger Dr Liz Watkins

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update 17 March 2020

BAFTSS SIGs Newsletter details of  the funding schemes and the past and upcoming events that have been organised by the British Association of Film Television and Screen Studies’ Special Interest Groups 2017-1019. 

The BAFTSS Special Interest Groups were initiated in December 2016. Since that time the SIGs have organised research and public engagement projects from symposiums on the Persistence of Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, conferences on subjects such as Psychoanalysis, Nationalism and Ideology, film screenings, workshops asking questions such as “Has Documentary Film Failed?” and those that continue to examine the relationship between filmmaking, theory, practice and the Academy. 

added  20 October 2019


Announcement: the BAFTSS Colour and Film SIG Report on activities (2016-2018)   is available (authored January 2019).


Past Events Organised by the BAFTSS Colour and Film SIG. The Special Interest Group in Colour and Film has organised several seminars, symposia and sponsored panel proposals read more 

Past CFPS and Funding. For a list of past Calls for conference papers, publications, funding opportunities and events read more


BAFTSS Colour and Film SIG: Journeys through Colour: experimentation, realism and artifice in non-fiction travel films. Seminar. 18:00-20:00 Tuesday 27th February 2018, Royal Anthropological Institute, London. This public event was sponsored by BAFTSS and the RAI, an independent charity organisation. It is not affiliated with current UCU actions. Speakers: Professor Jeffrey Geiger (University of Essex), Jan Faull (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Dr Liz Watkins (University of Leeds). Introduced and chaired by Dr Natasha Eaton (University College London). Full abstracts, bio notes and photographs

RAI Jan Faull Noel

Journeys through Colour Seminar, Royal Anthropological Institute (London) February 2018.

BAFTSS Colour and Film SIG: Colour in Context Symposium. 11:00-18:00 Friday 23rd March 2018. University of Bristol.  Key note speaker: Professor Lynda Nead, Birkbeck. ‘Greyscale and Colour: the Hues of Nation and Empire c.1945-60.  Abstract

CFP Colour in Context Symposium This call has closed. Colour in Context Symposium Full Programme Abstracts and Delegate Biographies

The Colour in Context Symposium was organised in conjunction with a Screening and Workshop event: When the New Wave Came to Bristol: Remembering Some People (Clive Donner, 1962) at the Watershed, Bristol 24th March 2018.


Screening and Workshop Event: ‘When the New Wave Came to Bristol’ at the Watershed (Bristol, March 2018).

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