“War, Conflict and Human Rights in Contemporary Global Film” (A conference at Solent University, 13 May 2020)

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Dr Terence McSweeney, Southampton Solent University and Dr Stuart Joy, Southampton Solent University

“War, Conflict and Human Rights in Contemporary Global Film” (A conference at Solent University, 13 May 2020)


Deadline for proposal submissions: 

January 31st 2020

Full name/ name of organization: 

Dr Terence McSweeney and Dr Stuart Joy, Solent University, Southampton

Contact email: 



Proposals are invited for papers to be delivered at the one-day international conference, “War, Conflict and Human Rights in Contemporary Global Film(13 May 2020). The conference seeks to explore and interrogate the representation of war, conflict and human rights on global screens by providing a forum for a dynamic roster of speakers which will combine seasoned academics with early career researchers and PhD candidates. In what is becoming a burgeoning arena of Film Studies (see Mette Hjort and Eva Jørholt’s African Cinema and Human Rights [2019] or Fernando J. Rosenberg, After Human Rights: Literature, Visual Arts, and Film in Latin America, 1990-2010 [2016]), scholars have acknowledged the tremendous capacity the cinematic arts have to influence our understanding of the world, but “War, Conflict and Human Rights in Contemporary Global Filmaskswhat role does film play in the framing of debates pertaining to war, conflict and human rights in the turbulent first decades of the twenty-first century?

Keynote speakers: Dr Emma Sandon (Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck, University of London) and Dr Frances Pheasant-Kelly (Reader in Screen Studies, Director Centre for Film, Media, Discourse & Culture, University of Wolverhampton)

We invite papers for submission on any aspect connected to the day’s central theme.

Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to:

  • The contemporary war film
  • Human rights and conflict in cinematic case studies around the globe
  • Migration and statelessness in national and transnational film
  • The image of the refugee in global screen culture
  • Human Rights cinema in the Trump era
  • The ethics of cinematic representation in the twenty-first century
  • Representations of the body in contemporary War film
  • Representations of torture in film
  • A particular film-maker’s body of work (for example Shawkat Amin Korki, Kathryn  Bigelow, Mohamed Al-Daradji, José Padilha, Jean-Marie Teno)
  • Human rights, conflict, war and memory studies
  • Human rights and genre film (science fiction, superhero film, horror film)
  • Surveillance technologies and human rights cinema
  • Human rights in the realm of artificial intelligence and robotics


Proposals for twenty-minute presentations to be emailed to terence.mcsweeney@solent.ac.uk or stuart.joy@solent.ac.uk with a submission deadline of 31 January 2020. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and include a short biography.

About Us

The conference will be run by Dr Terence McSweeney author of The ‘War on Terror’ and American Film: 9/11 Frames Per Second (EUP, 2014), Avengers Assemble! Critical Perspectives on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Wallflower, 2018) and director of the award-winning documentary film Blowback: The 9/11 Wars in Global Film (2018), and Dr Stuart Joy author of The Traumatic Screen: The Films of Christopher Nolan (forthcoming Intellect, 2020), co-editor of The Cinema of Christopher Nolan: Imagining the Impossible (Wallflower, 2015) and Through the Black Mirror: Reflections on ‘the Side Effects’ of the Digital Age (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

We look forward to receiving your submissions!