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Screenwriting in a Global and Digital World

6th Screenwriting Research Network International Conference

August 20 – 22, 2013

University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

This is a call for papers for the annual international conference on 
screenwriting research, this year organized by the Department of 
Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. The 
Screenwriting Research Network is a research group that commenced in 
2006 within the Louis Le Prince Research Centre, at the Institute of 
Communication Studies (ICS), University of Leeds. The Screenwriting 
Research Network now consists of academics as well as practitioners 
interested in research centered on screenwriting studies. The network 
has achieved a critical mass in recent years with conferences taking 
place in Leeds (2008), Helsinki (2009), Copenhagen (2010), Brussels 
(2011), and Sydney, Australia (2012). The sixth conference widens the 
geographic spread of the network to North America, taking place in 
Madison, Wisconsin, USA (2013).

The Screenwriting Research Network is comprised of scholars, writers, 
and practice-based researchers devoted to rethinking the screenplay in 
relation to its histories, theories, values and creative practices. The 
aim of the conference is to continue, and expand, discussions around the 
screenplay and to strengthen a rapidly emerging, and global, research 
network. The Journal of Screenwriting, first published in 2009, stands 
as testament to the vitality of the screenwriting network across 
traditional and practice-based research. This is in addition to growth 
in the publication of screenwriting monographs by scholars in the 
network, including books on screenwriting by Steven Price, Steven Maras, 
J.J. Murphy, and Jill Nelmes, among others. The new Palgrave Studies in 
Screenwriting series grew out of this organization. The SRN is also 
building an online forum for scholars and practitioners interested in 
this subject.

The key theme of this next conference is “Screenwriting in a Digital and 
Global World.” This speaks to the complex and changing nature of 
screenwriting as a result of both digital technology and globalization. 
The conference hopes to raise questions about past, current, and future 
creative practices in scripting in various forms of media, both old and new.

Keynote speakers will be confirmed early in 2013.

The conference is interested in all types of research related to 
screenwriting in its many forms. We would like to invite abstracts for 
research presentations on (but not limited to) the following topics:
- Cross-cultural collaboration in screenwriting
- Screenwriting traditions in different national contexts
- Screenwriting and transnationalism
- Screenwriting and the pressures of globalization
- Industry changes in the digital age and what it means for writers of 
film and television
- Transmedia storytelling — “world building” and constructing narratives 
that reach across
multiple platforms
- Writing for online video as a new genre and profession
- The history of screenwriting around the globe, including Hollywood
- Questions of authorship in highly collaborative digital media projects
- Database narratives and interactive, non-linear storytelling
- Writing for games (including video games and ARGs)
- Theorizing and analyzing screenwriting software
- Screenwriting archival research
- Theorizing screenwriting and the screenplay
- Reflections on narrative theory and dramaturgy
- Practice-based research
- Case studies on individual writers or texts
- Genre-orientated considerations of screenwriting and the screenplay
- Adaptation in moving image screen works
- The role of writing in non-fiction film, television, and other forms 
of media
- Screenwriting for animation
- Writing for episodic television
- Screenwriting in independent cinema
- Alternative forms of scripting

Call for Papers

Time allotted to each paper is 20 minutes plus discussion. Abstracts 
(250-300 words) may be submitted until January 1, 2013. Earlier 
submissions are welcome. Please remember to state your name, affiliation 
and contact information. Include a brief statement (100 words) detailing 
your publications and/or screenwriting practice.

Please send your abstract as a WORD document, with the email subject 
heading “SRN Conference Abstract” to: [log in to unmask]

More information on the program as well as cost, traveling and 
accommodation details will be available on this website as it becomes 

The conference is supported by a grant from the Anonymous Fund of the 
University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is being organized with assistance 
from the Department of Communication Arts at UW-Madison and the 
Screenwriting Research Network.

Conference Co-Directors:
Professor Kelley Conway and Professor J. J. Murphy, Department of 
Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

Eric Hoyt
Assistant Professor of Communication Arts
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vilas Communication Hall 6052
821 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706-1497
(608) 262-1637
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