Call for Chapter Proposals: “Ridley Scott’s Gladiator: In Recognition of the Twentieth Anniversary of the Film”


Vernon Press invites chapter proposals on the theme: “A Hero Will
Endure”: Essays on the Twentieth Anniversary of Gladiator for an edited
collection, edited by Rachel L. Carazo (Northwestern State University).

All areas of study, with a common goal of representing the cultural and
material impact of the film since its release in May 2000 are invited to

The scope of the present call is broad. All topics regarding the film’s
impact on material, social, and academic culture will be considered.
Possible topics include (non-comprehensive list):

The impact of Gladiator on notions of the hero
The enduring image of Maximus
The impact of the film on classical studies/students
The impact of the film on the academic curriculum
Material aspects of fandom (posters, collectibles)
The endurance of certain images/themes from the film
The film on social media
Changes in the way of perceiving the film over time
The effect of Gladiator on other epic/award-winning films
Cosplay and convention events

How to submit your proposal:

Please submit one-page abstracts/proposals to or, including a short biographical note.
More information on what we look for in a proposal is available on our

Information on the call is also available at:

Call for Papers: BAFTSS 7th Annual conference 2019

Intersecting Identities: Race, Sex, Nation

University of Birmingham, 25 to 27 April

Intersectionality as a concept was born at the end of the 1980s, and has proven influential ever since as a method for analysing film and media productions as well as in the fields of critical race and disability studies, feminist theory and transnational studies. In the words of Kimberlé Crenshaw in 2017, ‘Intersectionality is a lens through which you can see where power comes and collides, where it interlocks and intersects’.

The 7th annual BAFTSS conference, to be held at the University of Birmingham on 25, 26 and 27 April 2019, will be concerned with intersecting identities in all their forms (racial, sexual, national and transnational, cultural, political and gendered/generic). It will provide an opportunity to debate how the study of identities has developed since the early decades of screen studies, where it is now, and how the discipline should take it forward.

Conference highlights include:

  • The presentation of the BAFTSS Outstanding Achievement Award to Pam Cook (Professor Emerita, Southampton).
  • Confirmed Plenary Speaker, Prof Rosalind Galt (Kings College London)
  • Poster Competition for Postgraduates (with a cash prize, winner decided by delegates in a secret vote!) – details will be released shortly.
  • Dedicated skills/careers event for PhD students.
  • BAFTSS Annual General Meeting.
  • BAFTSS Special Interest Group meetings – SIG Convenors will be contacted about this soon.

We invite individual papers or panels consisting of three papers, in English, on all aspects of this broad theme:

  • intersectionality as a concept
  • intersecting identities in film narratives
  • identity politics in industrial contexts
  • intersectionality and authorship
  • intersections of race and sex/sexuality
  • intersections of sex/sexuality and nation
  • intersections of race and nation

Details about the conference and forms for individual proposals and panels can be downloaded here:

Completed proposal forms should be sent to by Friday 14 December 2018. You will be notified whether your proposal has been accepted in January 2019.

The conference fee will be £160 (£80 unwaged) for 3 days or £110 (£55 unwaged) for 2 days (Thurs/Fri or Fri/Sat). Instructions on how to register will follow early in 2019.

A number of bursaries of up to £50 towards travel costs will be available to registered PhD students whose papers or posters are accepted. Information about how to apply for one of these bursaries will follow when we notify you that your submission has been accepted.​


Call for Papers: HoMER Conference 2019, Nassau, The Bahamas, 26-28 June 2019

HoMER 2019 Conference 2019, Nassau, The Bahamas, 26–28 June 2019
Hosted by The University of the Bahamas

CfP – Anchoring New Cinema History
Deadline for proposals, 15 November 2018
Letters of acceptance/rejection, 1 December 2018

The HoMER Network invites submissions for general paper entries, as well as a designated roundtable, panels, and workshops to be presented at the 2019 conference, which will take place at The University of the Bahamas from 26-28 June 2019.

New Cinema History, as an approach focusing “on the circulation and consumption of film” and examining “cinema as a site of social and cultural exchange” (Richard Maltby, 2011) has turned out to be very productive. It brought together both young and veteran scholars who believed that it was more fruitful writing film history with an eye for the social, economic and geographical aspects of cinema cultures, than merely an art history of the moving image or a critical reading of films. At the last HoMER@NECS conference in Amsterdam, members of the panel ‘New Cinema History: What’s Next?’ called for more theoretical and methodological grounding of our research. In the Homer 2019 conference Anchoring New Cinema History we would like to start answering that call. Presentations are welcome to critically explore the conference theme of Anchoring New Cinema History through the interdisciplinary lens of academic Film and Cinema Studies, Social Geography, Memory Studies and Economic History, etc.

Since its beginning the HoMER network has been instrumental in bringing together researchers working in the New Cinema History tradition, not just as a platform to present their work but also as place to meet colleagues to collaborate with. In the upcoming HoMER conference we propose to stress the network function of HoMER, both in welcoming young scholars as in creating interdisciplinary opportunities for collaborative work. The 2019 HoMER conference aims to exploit the established strong connections of people, and places the HoMER network can offer, in order to invite new and old members to engage in new collaborative research. This will be articulated in two main streams:

SPACES and PLACES – Connections and comparisons (either pre-constituted panels or individual papers)

The SPACES and PLACES Stream of the conference will aim to investigate the geography of cinema. This can be expressed both through the exploration of familiar and new spaces of cinemas, such as cinema theatres but also pop-up cinemas, community cinemas, and virtual cinemas. It will also include both well researched geographical areas and new territories and locations, such as South and Central America, Africa, Central Asia and South-East Asia. These new uncharted territories will be of great value on their own to reconnoitre the position of different countries in relation to cinema practises. They will also provide connections and comparisons with existing body of work on Europe, America, Canada and Australia.

By looking at this extended geography of cinema, possible topics and questions to explore might include (but are certainly not limited to):

Environment, space, and place
Cinemas and urban transformations, transition and change
Cinema practices, policies and external bodies (local authorities, communities, self regulating associations)
Memories and topographical references

THEORIES AND METHODOLOGIES – (special discussion sessions and presentations)

The THEORIES AND METHODOLOGIES Stream of the HoMER conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on and discuss some key areas of research within the HoMER network, with the aim of suggesting new directions in the field and developing new theoretical and methodological approaches, or reintroducing and adapting existing approaches that proved to be useful. These key areas can be suggested by members when submitting a paper proposal (or just by emailing the HoMER Co-ordinators). A dedicated session of this stream will include:

Small group discussion (1 hour) on the key areas, followed by presentations (10 min) to the HoMER participants and a further discussion (20 min). Possible key areas to explore might include (but are certainly not limited to): Cinema and Memory; the Economics and business of film; Programming and film popularity; Paratextual analysis; the Digital challenge; Distribution and spreading of films; Impact of research to non-academic audiences.

Moreover, in a speed dating session, junior researchers will be given the opportunity to team up with experts to discuss their individual methodological and theoretical concerns. If you are interested in this (both juniors and experts), please email the Co-ordinators.

Send abstracts of 250 to 300 words, plus 3 or 4 bibliographic entries, and a 50-word academic biography to conference co-ordinators, Clara Pafort-Overduin ( and Daniela Treveri Gennari ( Updated Information will be posted at:

Programming Committee:
Clara Pafort Overduin
Daniela Treveri Gennari
Monique Toppin
Jessica Leonora Whitehead
Mario Slugan
Talitha Ferraz
Maria Luna

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