Lugano conference & new management team

A big thank you to all delegates for your enthusiastic participation in the Film Studies Section of the ECREA conference in Lugano! We very much enjoyed meeting you and discussing our film research efforts together.


At the conference, a new management team for the ECREA Film Studies Section was elected. Gertjan Willems (University of Antwerp/Ghent University) and Sergio Villanueva Baselga (University of Barcelona) are happy to continue their work as chairs for another two years, while they welcome Mariana Liz (University of Lisbon) to join the team! More information on our planned activities will follow soon. A big thank you to Laura Rascaroli (University College Cork), who’s stepping down after six years of much appreciated work for the Film Studies section!


ECREA conference Lugano & elections

The preliminary conference programme for the 2018 ECREA conference in Lugano (Oct. 31 – Nov. 3) was recently published: As you will see, all the Film Studies panels are scheduled in the same room (EX-ASILO Room 7) and on the same day: Thurday, November 1.

At the Lugano conference, a new management team (a chair and two vice-chairs) has to be elected.

Laura Rascaroli (University College Cork) has reached the maximum term of six years in the section’s management team, so she has to step down. A big thank you to Laura for all your great work, such as the organization of the great 2017 ECREA Film Studies conference in Cork!

Gertjan Willems (Ghent University/University of Antwerp; candidate for chair) and Sergio Villanueva Baselga (University of Barcelona; candidate for vice-chair), expressed their interest to continue their engagement in the section’s management team. They propose to form a team with Mariana Liz (University of Lisboa; candidate for vice-chair).

The candidacy of this team should not prevent you from putting yourself forward. Candidates can express their interest in running for the position of chair or vice-chair by sending an email to the current chair ( We should also point out that ECREA strongly encourages its Sections to respect regional and gender balance in the constitution of its management teams. We sincerely welcome your interest in this!

The election will take place during our business meeting in Lugano (November 1; 13:30-14:30h at EX-ASILO Room 7). I would like to ask you to send me expressions of interest not later than October 1.

Looking forward to meeting you in Lugano!

All the best,

Gertjan, Laura and Sergio

CFP: ECREA 2018 conference Lugano

We warmly invite you to submit your abstract to the Film Studies section of the ECREA 7th European Communication Conference (ECC) to be held in Lugano, Switzerland, 31 October – 3 November 2018. The overarching conference theme is “Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation”. The Film Studies section invites contributions that deal with film from a variety of perspectives.

For submissions and further information, we refer to:

Central conference theme

This conference aims to analyse and to address the theme “Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation” in communication from a multiplicity of perspectives.

First, the conference examines the issues of “core” and “margins”, inviting scholars to stretch the boundaries of media and communication research as an academic discipline. We welcome presentation of research that seeks to take communication and media studies to new territories and new fields of application.

“Stretching” media and communication research means bringing attention to underdeveloped fields of research and bringing theories, approaches and methods from other academic fields and disciplines into view. Academic subjects previously not concerned with aspects of mediated communication now acknowledge the role of media and communication processes for their discipline. This is both a challenge and an opportunity for the future role and socio-cultural impact of media and communication research.

Second, the key conference theme of centres and peripheries means reconsidering geographical, cultural and linguistic borders or boundaries. Many areas of media and communication research have been dominated by American and European scholarship, but these traditions can learn methodological and theoretical insights coming, for example, from Asian, South American and African research. In this regard, as the subtitle of the conference emphasizing “translation” suggests, this also requires re-examination in the continual dominance of the English language in academic affairs. There is no doubt that the English language has become the lingua franca in the scientific community, allowing scholars from different countries to communicate and to access each other’s work. Nevertheless, the English language-centrality needs to be questioned and discussed in a plurilingual setting such as the Swiss context and, in particular, when findings in other languages are marginalized, considered peripheral or less important. This is why special panels addressing this topic will be organised during the conference.

Reconsidering borders, however, goes beyond mere reflection and deals with the materiality of communication flows. In the present global context of migration and mobility, and where terms such as flow, mobility, multi-cultural, multi-perspective, transcultural, hybrid and fragmented are ubiquitous, the issue of what we consider as communicative centres and peripheries is highly important. We thus also invite contributions that focus on the stability and fragility of the concepts of “centre” and “periphery”. This topic addresses historical and spatial instability, understanding and explaining how certain physical or immaterial entities become centres – or peripheries – for certain issues in critical times (e.g., the Silicon Valley for technological innovation related to the Internet, online communication and network societies).

Third, the key concepts of centres and peripheries in communication are associated with economic and political power. Communication flows often go from rich (central) countries to poor (peripheral) ones. Within single countries distribution of resources are often unequal in terms of information and connectedness between privileged and unprivileged areas (e.g., urban peripheries and rural areas). People in disadvantaged areas are often excluded by flows, forms and practices of communication that are taken-for-granted in richer regions. In this regard, we also welcome contributions addressing European “divides”, exclusions or fights for inclusion from a communication perspective.


Submission and deadline

Proposals for individual papers, panels, and posters can be submitted to one of ECREA Sections, Temporary Working Groups and Networks through ECREA 2018 submission platform until 28 February 2018. Submission opens on 11 December 2017 on

Abstracts should be written in English and contain a clear outline of the argument, theoretical framework, and, where applicable, methodology and results. The maximum length of individual abstracts is 500 words. Panel proposals, which should consist of five individual contributions, combine a panel rationale with five panel paper abstracts, each of which shall be no more than 500 words.

Please note that participants can be nominated as the first (presenting) author in one accepted submission only. If more than one contribution with the same first (presenting) author is accepted, the participant stated as the first (presenting) author will be asked to decide which paper he/she wants to present. There is no restriction on the number of presentations where a conference participant is listed as co-author and participants can still act as chair or respondent of a panel.

All proposals must be submitted through the conference website until 28 February 2018. Early submission is strongly encouraged. Please note that this submission deadline will not be extended.

Abstracts will be published in a PDF Abstract Book. Full papers (optional) will be published via the conference submission system and available to registered attendants after logging into the system.

Please consult the guidelines for your submission on the conference website.



Submission system opens: 11 December 2017 Submission of paper and panel abstracts and posters: 28 February 2018 Notification of Acceptance: 7 May 2018 End of Early Bird Registration Fee: 31 August 2018 Presenters’ registration deadline: 15 September 2018 Deadline for submission of the full papers (optional): 1 October 2018

We are looking forward to your contribution. Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the ECREA 2018 Conference Secretariat at


CFP: Remaking European Cinema

The ECREA Film Studies section is happy to sponsor the symposium ‘Remaking European Cinema – A symposium on the theory and practice of the film remake in a European context’, taking place on 1 June 2018 at Ghent University, Belgium.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
– Professor Thomas Leitch, University of Delaware
– Professor Lucy Mazdon, University of Southampton
– Dr. Iain R. Smith, King’s College London

CFP and more information can be found at



ECREA Film Studies Section Conference. 10–11 November 2017, University College Cork, Ireland

Conference website:

European cinema has evolved from a homogenous and selective object of study, mostly shaped by frameworks of national industry, identity and culture, to a much more diversified field, reflecting the shift to a post-colonial, post-communist, post-national, globalised Europe. In the context of an increasingly diverse but also split society, in which social polarisation is on the increase due to the crisis of the Eurozone and the decline of the welfare states, and in which popularism and nationalisms are on the rise, resulting in the strengthening of the Fortress Europe project, this conference aims to turn the spotlight on the less-represented and less-audible voices in European cinema in all its forms: fiction, documentary, mainstream, art house, independent, exploitation, art film. With an inclusive focus encompassing issues of production, distribution and reception, of representation and of form, of dissent and of control, the conference invites contributions that engage from a wide range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches with the politics of difference and with the representation and/or expression of alternative viewpoints in European films / in films made in Europe.

Abstracts are invited on topics related to Multivoicedness in European Cinema, including but not limited to:

    • Multivoicedness in national and transnational European cinemas
    • Peripheries, borders, and grey areas: falling between the cracks, speaking from the margins
    • Ethics and/or aesthetics of alternative voices
    • Audiodescription, subtitling and dubbing of multivoiced films
    • Cultural and market negotiations: translating cultures, crossing borders
    • Participation, dissent, resistance: audiences, politics, and public discourse
    • Alternative European cinemas and the global market
    • Other voices: niche markets, new forms of consumption
    • Deterritorialising identities, becoming migrant/minoritarian
    • Polyglot cinema: speaking from multiple subject positions
    • Genders and genres: decentering and in-betweennes
    • Alternative film festivals and other cinemas
    • Speaking in tongues: the audiences of multivoiced films
    • Queering European cinema
    • Nonfiction and commitment: documenting the silenced subject
    • Speaking for oneself: multiple forms of first-person filmmaking
    • Transnational, cosmopolitan, global: what European cinema
    • A continent in motion: multiple commitments, divided belonging
    • The New Europeans in films / making films
    • Margins of industrial practices, alternative forms of production, distribution and reception
    • Speaking parts: person, character, actor, star

The conference will also be the host to special panel sections prepared by the HoMER (History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception) and FFRN (Film Festival Research)

Abstract submission: Please submit your abstract (max 300 words) along with key references, institutional affiliation and a short bio (max 150 words) or a panel proposal, including a panel presentation (max 300 words) along with minimum 3, maximum 4 individual abstracts.

Submission deadline: May 2nd 2017.
Proposal acceptance notification: June 23rd 2017.

Please send your abstract/panel proposals to the conference email address:

Submissions for the HoMER section should be sent to Daniela Treveri Gennari: and submissions for the FFRN section should be sent to Skadi Loist:

ECREA membership is not required to participate in the conference. Delegates will be required to contribute towards administrative and catering costs.

Conference details: The Conference is hosted and supported by the Department of Film and Screen Media, University College of Cork, Ireland:

Conference organisers: Sergio Villanueva Baselga (Universitat de Barcelona), Anders Marklund (University of Lund), Laura Rascaroli (University College Cork), Gertjan Willems (Ghent University).