We are currently reviewing the conference proposals, and will advise individuals around mid-February, when we will provide a link to the conference registration.
Thanks you to everyone that has submitted a proposal, the quality and depth that we have seen so far is excellent.
The history of Console-ing Passions
Console-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 conference
Console-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.
Conference organisers: Christopher Pullen & Peri Bradley
Bournemouth University, Faculty of Media and Communication, Poole, Dorset, UK.
Peri Bradley - Senior Academic in Media Theory
Fiona Cownie – Senior Principal Academic
Laura Crossley - Lecturer (Academic) in Film
Evi Karathanasopoulou – Lecturer in Audio Production
Christopher Pullen - Principal Academic in Media Theory
Christa van Raalte – Head of Department
Alexander Sergeant - Lecturer in Film and Media Theory
Kristin Skoog - Senior Lecturer in Media History
Kerstin Stutterheim – Professor of Media and Cultural Studies
Bronwen Thomas - Director of the Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community
Shelley Thompson - Senior Lecturer in Corporate & Marketing Communications
Candida Yates – Professor of Culture and Communication
Proposers 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 panellist 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.
In 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.
We hope that the information we have provided above is clear and useful and that it has encouraged you to apply. However, if you have any questions about the conference and/or the submission process, please feel welcome to contact the conference organizers at CP2018@bournemouth.ac.uk and they will be happy to assist you further.