Console-ing Passions Feminist and Media Studies Conference

deadline for submissions: 
January 26, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Christopher Pullen / Bournemouth University
contact email: 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CONSOLE-ING PASSIONS International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism July 11-13, 2018 Bournemouth University,Faculty of Media and Communication,Poole, UK Bournemouth University is now accepting proposals for Console-ing Passions 2018.New Deadline for submissions: 23.59 (Greenwich mean time) 26 January 2018. Please use the submission template found on the Bournemouth University Console-ing Passions web site: click on the "Download the Proposal Template” link (see Proposal Guidelines below).Submissions should be sent to: The history of Console-ing PassionsConsole-ing Passions was founded in 1989 by a group of feminist media scholars and artists looking to create a space to present work and foster scholarship on issues of television, culture and identity, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality.  Over the years since the first conference took place at the University of Iowa in 1992, Console-ing Passions has expanded to become not only the most important conference for scholars studying gender in television but also one of the top conferences for scholars of media generally.  Console-ing Passions has only ever taken place twice before in the UK, in 2001 (University of Bristol) and 2013 (De Montfort University). The focus of this conferenceConsole-ing Passions at Bournemouth University welcomes a wide range of proposals for individual papers, pre-constituted panels and pre-constituted workshops that consider television, video, audio or new media alongside gender, sexuality, race and/or other intersectional components of identity.  Proposals for the presentation of video, audio, or new media creative works are also invited.Whilst the conference organisers invite a broad and diverse range of proposals, as global trends reveal the rise of populism, nationalism and resistance to migration, special preference will be given to panels, workshops and creative works that focus on these themes.   As part of this, the conference plenary sessions will focus on intersections of feminism and migration, including confirmed presentations from:·        Floya Anthias: Professor of Sociology and Social Justice (Emeritus) at Roehampton University, London, UK, whose recent work includes Paradoxes of Integration: Female Migrants in Europe (2013).·     Kerstin Stutterheim: Professor of Media & Cultural Studies at Bournemouth University, who will present a self-reflexive documentary focusing on the migrant’s concept of home.·        Representatives from the International Queer & Migrant Film Festival in Amsterdam will address the event, offering insight into their diverse social and cultural work. The 2018 conference at Bournemouth University within the Faculty of Media and Communication offers a democratic arena for diverse voices, framing aspects of media production and performativity as much as academic enquiry.  Console-ing Passions is also accepting undergraduate proposals, so please encourage interested undergraduates to apply. The conference organizers hope to make final decisions on submissions by mid-February, 2018.Conference organisers: Christopher Pullen & Peri Bradley, Bournemouth University, Faculty of Media and Communication, Poole, Dorset, UK.Email: Proposal GuidelinesProposers or attendees may submit one paper or creative project and one CP workshop.Individual Papers: Individuals submitting a paper proposal should provide an abstract of 250 words, a short bio and contact information. Co-authored papers are acceptable.Panels: Panel coordinators should submit a 250-word rationale for the pre-constituted panel as a whole. Coordinators should also submit a 250-word abstract, a short bio and contact information for each panel participant.  Panels should include 3-4 papers. Co-authored papers are acceptable. Panels that include a diversity of panelist affiliations and experience levels are strongly encouraged.CP Workshops: We invite proposals for a limited number of pre-constituted workshop round-tables that focus either on scholarly topics in the field or matters of professional interest. We are especially interested in round-tables that are likely to engage wide participation by conference attendees and which reflect our field’s diversity of cultural identities, institutions, methodologies and professional rank or employment status. Proposals should be submitted by an organiser, who will propose a subject area for discussion (250-word abstract) including responses (of 150 words) from 5-7 respondents. Proposals should also include a brief bio and contact information for the organiser and each participant.Creative Works: We invite proposals for video, audio, or new media screenings or exhibits. Each proposal should consist of a 250-word abstract (including details of the length and format of the work), a short bio of the producer/director and contact information. If the work is viewable online, please submit a URL. Registration FeesIn line with the long-standing political ethos of Console-ing Passions, Bournemouth University aims to keep registration costs as low as possible, including the provision of low-cost university lodgings (subject to availability) in order to encourage a diverse and stimulating conference, where a range of voices are heard. Full details will be available soon after conference proposals have been accepted.   Conference CommitteePeri Bradley - Senior Academic in Media TheoryFiona Cownie – Senior Principal AcademicLaura Crossley - Lecturer (Academic) in FilmEvi Karathanasopoulou – Lecturer in Audio ProductionChristopher Pullen - Principal Academic in Media TheoryChrista van Raalte – Head of DepartmentAlexander Sergeant - Lecturer in Film and Media TheoryKristin Skoog - Senior Lecturer in Media HistoryKerstin Stutterheim – Professor of Media and Cultural StudiesBronwen Thomas - Director of the Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and CommunityShelley Thompson - Senior Lecturer in Corporate & Marketing CommunicationsCandida Yates – Professor of Culture and Communication