Call for Papers

Transnational Screenwriting: A Dialogue Between Scholars and Industry

Special International Screenwriting Research Network Conference 2015

May 7 – 9, 2015

School of Communication, Universidad de los Andes
Campus San Carlos de Apoquindo
Av. Mons. Alvaro del Portillo, 12.455, Las Condes
Santiago (Chile)

Spanish Version – Versión en español

Call for Papers

This is a call for papers for a Special Screenwriting Research Network (SRN) Conference, which will take place at the School of Communication, Universidad de los Andes (Chile).

The key theme of the conference is “Transnational Screenwriting”. The Conference understands screenwriting as the creative process from a story idea to its screen realization in film, television, gaming and other platforms; and transnational screenwriting as a multifaceted activity moving across cultural, geographical, linguistic and economic borders. Special attention will be given to the dialogue between writers and producers.

The SRN Conference is interested in all types of research related to screenwriting. The following are some of the questions we would like to examine:

-How can transnational screenwriting be described?

-How can writers and producers collaborate successfully in a transnational project?

-Can transnational screenwriting find a common denominator? And if so, where?

-How can the local flavor be preserved in a global context?

-What is gained and what is lost in the translation/adaptation process?

-Are there aspects, such as style and/or structure, involved in screenwriting that truly trascend boundaries and become common in a transnational context?

-What are the challenges faced by the partners in an international production?

-What are some key issues involving authorship and collaboration, reception and financing, in this kind of projects?

-What is the impact of the transmedia phenomenon in transnational screenwriting processes?

-How do specific national practices and policies regarding promotion, public and private funding, domestic and foreign quotas, and issues of censorship shape transnational projects?

-What are the approaches to examine the relationship between core story ideas and the transnational creative process?

Organizers are interested in fostering a fruitful dialogue between the screen practitioners (writers, producers, directors) and the scholars around the fascinating subject of transnational screenwriting.

Time allotted to each paper is 20 minutes plus discussion. Presentations can be held in English or Spanish.

Abstracts (250-300 words) may be submitted until November 15, 2014 (Last deadline: April 8, 2015) – in English or Spanish. Earlier submissions are welcome. Please remember to state your name, affiliation and contact information. Include a brief statement (100 words) detailing your publications and/or screenwriting practice. You also can add a link to your website, imdb or similar online presentation.

Please send your abstract as a word document, with the email subject heading “SRN Conference Abstract” to: Carmen Sofia Brenes,

Registration value:
USD 150. It includes lunch during the three days, coffee breaks, transport from the hotel (meeting point) to the university and back to the hotel and simultaneous interpretation during the morning sessions.

The SRN is a research group that began in 2006 with a 1-day conference at the Louis Le Prince Research Centre, at the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS), University of Leeds. The Screenwriting Research Network now consists of academics as well as practitioners interested in research centered on screenwriting studies. The network has achieved a critical mass in recent years with Annual Conferences taking place in Leeds (2008), Helsinki (2009), Copenhagen (2010), Brussels (2011), Sydney (2012), Madison, USA (2013) and Postdam, Germany (2014).

The SRN consists of scholars, writers, and practice-based researchers devoted to rethinking the screenplay in relation to its histories, theories, values and creative practices. The SRN launched a webpage for scholars and practitioners interested in this subject at

The Journal of Screenwriting, first published in 2009, stands as testament to the vitality of the screenwriting network across traditional and practice-based research. The Palgrave Studies in Screenwriting series grew out of this organization.

More information on the program as well as accommodation details will be on the blog as it becomes available.

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