CFP – 10 Years of Transnational Cinema: Celebrating Transnational Screens: Theories, histories and practices.

deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
De Montfort University
contact email: 

Date: 9-10 July 2020  

Venue: De Montfort University

De Montfort University’s Cinema and Television History Institute (CATHI) invites scholars and early career researchers to the second conference on Transnational screens. 

This event seeks to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Transnational Cinemas Journal (Routledge) that has just changed its named to Transnational Screens to reflect a changing streaming landscape. This two day conference will reassess the histories, theories, methodologies and practices in transnational screen studies.

Professor Rob Stone from the University of Birmingham will be the keynote speaker at the conference, others to follow.

Transnational screen studies has come a long way since Hjort argued for the necessity for discourses on transnationalism to be conceptualised, reflecting that: 

…to date the discourse of cinematic transnationalism has been characterized less by competing theories and approaches than by a tendency to use the term ‘transnational’ as a largely self-evident qualifier requiring only minimal conceptual clarification (Hjort 2010).

As Deborah Shaw has argued, ‘following the early definitional stages, we can now focus on applications, effects and functions’ in a broad range of genres and scholarship in many areas. ‘These include: early cinema, star studies, remakes / adaptations, feminist film theory, fan studies, exploitation cinema, genre studies, experimental film, the growing area of video essays, sound studies, readings of race, regional / national studies, the business / economics of film, and audience studies, among others’ (Shaw, 2017).

The scope of the conference is to reflect on the evolution of the discipline and ask how representational structures, industry practices and methods have formed and shaped key theories and histories of transnationalism in screen studies; similarly, also, how creative paradigms that includes remixes, adaptations and multifaced variants of remediated texts have paved the way to new transnational frameworks.

The themes of the conference includes but are not limited to:


  • Transnational screen histories
  • Evolution of gender and race in transnational screen studies
  • Stars and transnational stardom
  • Development of Genres
  • Archives and transnational perspectives
  • Transnational audiences
  • Transnational film economies/businesses of cinema
  • Debates on research methodologies
  • Video essays and transnational visions
  • Film streaming and accessibilities
  • Transnational film industries
  • Transnational television
  • Transnational filmmaking
  • Remediation, remakes and transnational narratives

We invite the submission of abstracts for individual proposals and pre-set panels for consideration by no later than 31st March 2020. Each submission should include a 250 words abstract and a biography, to be addressed to Dr Monia Acciari on