About Our Seminars

Generally, the below information pertains to our regular face-to-face seminars held each year at universities around Sydney. In light of the COVID-19 restrictions in 2020, we are holding our seminars on Zoom until further notice. Please see this year’s program and visit our social media for more details.

SSSN Seminars and Workshops
Research seminars in film, television, and screen-based media studies

  1. Our series of SSSN Seminars and Workshops are a regular part of the annual schedule for the Sydney Screen Studies Network. These seminars provide a showcase and forum for local scholars, researchers, and industry practitioners – ranging from research students to early-career researchers – to present on their work.
  2. The guiding principle is for the presentations/workshops to be focused on film, television, and screen-based media studies and to create sustained engagement with the key concerns and themes on and around screen studies.
  3. Attendees typically consist of a number of academic staff, researchers, visiting scholars, as well as Honours/Masters/PhD level students in screen studies. However, all interested parties are welcome to attend.
  4. Seminars are normally held on Tuesdays, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, approximately once a month. They are normally held at Room 327, Robert Webster Building, UNSW Kensington Campus. We also frequently hold them at the presenter’s home university.
  5. Seminars can take a number of formats to fill the 1-2 hour timeslot (including but not limited to):
  • A talk/presentation for 30 minutes to an hour, followed by Q&A.
  • A talk/presentation for 5 to 15 minutes, followed by a screening of a film, television episode/s, video, etc., of your choice.
  • A three-person panel organized around a common theme or topic, with each panelist delivering a 20-minute paper, followed by Q&A.
  • An interview with an invited speaker with the interviewer being a research student or early career researcher.
  • A presenter/respondent session, where a presenter delivers a paper/talk for 30-45 minutes, and a respondent has 15 minutes to comment on and reflect on the paper/talk followed by audience Q&A.
  • A three-person roundtable discussion centered around a keyword, talking informally about their take on this keyword in the discipline.
  1. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided once the official Q&A has concluded, to encourage presenters and attendees to remain for a period of convivial discussion.
  2. We typically podcast our seminars, and they are made available through our website and through commercial podcatchers, such as Apple Podcasts.
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