Contemporary Screen Narratives

Storytelling's Digital and Industrial Contexts

Finalised Programme

Details of the finalised programme for the Contemporary Screen Narratives conference, to be held on 17 May at the University of Nottingham, can be found here.

Please note that, due to the possibility of industrial action being held by East Midlands train drivers on the conference date, we have made changes to the preliminary programme.

A full list of presenters’ abstracts can be found here.

Registration Closed

The registration deadline for the Contemporary Screen Narratives conference has now passed. Finalised programme details are coming soon.

Registration Open

Contemporary Screen Narratives Conference

Date: Thursday 17 May 2012

Location: Portland Building, University Park, University of Nottingham

Keynote presentations:

HENRY JENKINS (University of Southern California)

JASON MITTELL (Middlebury College)

This one-day international conference looks to trace connections between the narratives of contemporary screen media and their conditions of production, distribution and consumption. Speakers will explore, throughout the day, the ways in which stories and their on-screen telling are informed by contemporary industrial and technological contexts across such media as film, television, comics, theatre and videogames.

Conference panel titles:

  • Transmedia
  • Adaptation
  • Videogames
  • Transmedia 2
  • Digital Mediation
  • Industry/Production
  • Promotional Surround
  • Interactivity
  • Paratexts

Registration fee, which includes lunch, refreshments and a wine reception, is £25. To pay (via card), please click here. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY 4 MAY 2012.

To view the preliminary programme for the event, please click here. (Programme is subject to small changes.)

To view presenters’ abstracts for the event, please click here.

To view travel and accommodation tips for the event, please click here.

If you have any queries, please contact: Anthony Smith,

Conference Update

The CFP deadline for this conference has passed.

Abstracts are currently under review.

Abstract authors should be notified regarding the outcome of their proposal before Sunday 18 March.

Full conference programme (complete with registration details) is forthcoming.

Revised Deadline for Conference Submissions

Revised deadline for Contemporary Screen Narratives conference.

Deadline for proposal submission is now: 4 March 2012.

Conference is to be held on 17 May 2012 at the University of Nottingham.

Keynote speakers: Henry Jenkins and Jason Mittell.

Click here for original call for papers.

Conference CFP

Contemporary Screen Narratives: Storytelling’s Digital and Industrial Contexts

Conference to be held on 17 May 2012

Hosted by Department of Culture, Film and Media, University of Nottingham

Keynote speakers: Henry Jenkins and Jason Mittell

This one-day conference looks to trace connections between the narratives of contemporary screen media and their contexts of production, distribution and consumption. We refer here to narrative as the presentation and organisation of story via the semiotic phenomena of image, sound and written/spoken word. We anticipate that speakers will explore ways in which stories and their on-screen telling are informed by contemporary industrial and technological conditions. We invite contributions from postgraduate and early-career researchers working across screen-based narrative media, such as film, television, comics, literature, video games and other areas of new media. We are interested to receive all paper proposals pertinent to the conference topic, though we particularly welcome those that engage with the following themes and questions:

Industrial determinants. In what ways are stories and their telling contingent on the production cultures, distribution methods, revenue models and governmental policies that configure a given creative industry?

Digital Technologies. How has the construction and/or reception of narratives been influenced by digital production equipment, distribution tech, online platforms and consumer hardware devices?

Seriality and Transmedia: In what ways do serial narrative forms, whether disseminated within a given medium or across multiple media, reflect industrial and technological contexts?

Audio and Visual Styles: How are the sounds and visions of contemporary screen narratives informed by conditions of production and reception technologies?

Paratextual Surround: In what ways do promotional materials, practitioner discourses, fan cultures and critical/journalistic responses discursively frame screen narratives? 

Send abstracts of 250 words to both:

Anthony Smith -


Aaron Calbreath-Frasieur -

Papers should not exceed twenty minutes in length.

The deadline for proposal submission is Monday 13 February 2012.