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Call For Papers | The Flowing Image: The Ocean On-Screen

Published: 16 May 2024

We are delighted to issue a call for papers for our upcoming hybrid conference (MS Teams and Highfield Campus) taking place 28-29 August 2024 on the topic of 'The Flowing Image: The Ocean on Screen'.

'The Flowing Image' will consider the significance of historical and contemporary representations of the ocean in digital, film and moving image works. Since the invention of the film camera, the sea is a site which has drawn great interest from both practitioners and audiences.

We invite scholars, practitioners, artists and activists exploring film and digital media as a mode for socio-political and scientific communication or those who use moving image works for oceanic research more broadly. To encourage intersectional and transdisciplinary discussion, we welcome scholars analysing and using film as a form of oceanic enquiry from disciplines including, but not limited to: Film Studies, Visual Cultures and Art History, Anthropology, Political and Social Sciences, International Relations and Development Studies, Earth and Ocean Sciences, History, Women and Gender Studies, Race and Indigenous Studies, Decolonial Theories, Music and Sound Studies, and Literary and Cultural Studies.

Abstracts are invited on topics and disciplines including, but not limited to moving-image representations of the ocean through:

  • Non-narrative film and shorts
  • Narrative film and shorts
  • Digital media
  • Experimental film
  • TV and film series
  • Video Games
  • Social media

We invite individual proposals for 20-minute papers, as well as proposals for panels (three 20-minute papers or four 15-minutes papers), roundtables, screenings or workshops and creative sessions. Please send an abstract (200-300 words), a brief biography (150 words) and 3 to 5 keywords to and by 31 May 2024.

Please let us know if for visa or funding purposes you might need an early response and/or an invitation letter, we will aim to prioritise these requests.

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