2017 Call for Papers

30-31 March 2017, Edinburgh

Edinburgh International Film Audience Conference (EIFAC) returns in 2017 with a new conference team and official affiliation with Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. The two-day conference continues EIFAC’s proud tradition of bringing together empirical film and media researchers to discuss, debate and explore audience engagements with moving image past and present. EIFAC showcases the small, yet mounting, pool of film scholarship that moves away from classical textual modes of research to include empirical fieldwork. We also welcome work from media areas outside of Film Studies – Communication Studies, Games Studies, Television Studies, and Media Studies. As such, we welcome research papers on non-film subject matter or indeed empirical research on film/cinema emerging from non-film disciplines (i.e. Sociology, Tourism, Cultural Studies). We are particularly interested in new directions in audience research within the broader digital media landscape.

EIFAC provides an arena where new and experienced researchers in academia can come together to share their enthusiasm for audience research in a friendly and supportive environment. Whilst the conference may well appeal primarily to academics, it invites contribution from those working in the film industries (production, distribution, exhibition, policy-making). Industry-academic collaborations have been developed at past EIFAC conferences, and it is the continued aim of the organising team to further enhance dialogue between academics and industry professionals. The conference will be a platform where researchers can better understand the challenges faced by practitioners in ‘knowing and engaging their audience,’ where practitioners are shown the value of empirical scholarship as a cost-effective resource available to them, and where collaborative partnerships can come to life.

The conference will include a keynote address (TBC), invited industry panel, series of 20-minute research papers, and short presentations for research-in-progress (targeted at PG students).


All papers should be concerned with empirical research on film/media audiences. We are particularly interested in papers that explore the following issues/themes, however, we also welcome papers on other interesting topics:

  • Text and audience in empirical research
  • New methodological directions in audience research
  • Online audiences
  • Film event audiences
  • Curated media experiences
  • Child and youth audiences
  • Transnational film audiences
  • Transnational and diasporic audiences
  • Screen tourism and audiences
  • Rethinking cinephilia
  • Contemporary cinema audiences
  • Fan audiences
  • Cult audiences
  • Taste culture

Work in Progress

We continue to offer a showcase for work in progress. This is a great opportunity for Masters and PhD students to share research they are working on and receive helpful feedback from their peers. Work-in-progress papers will be delivered in the usual presentation format, only as shorter talks (15 mins).

Submitting Abstracts

Paper proposals should include title, abstract, 3-5 key bibliographical references, and the name/s of the presenter/s and institutional affiliation/s, which collectively should be no more than 300 words. We also ask potential presenters to include a short biography (maximum 100 words).

Work in progress proposals should include title, short abstract, 2 key bibliographical references, and the name of the presenter and institutional affiliation, which should collectively be no more than 200 words. We also ask work in progress presenters to include a short biography (maximum 50 words).

Abstracts should be submitted as virus-free Word or PDF attachments to Lesley-Ann Dickson ldickson@qmu.ac.uk no later than the extended deadline of Friday, 27th January 2017.  Please note the category you are submitting for in the email subject line (‘Paper Proposal’ or ‘Work in Progress Proposal’).

Referees will review abstracts and all contributors will be notified of the outcome by late January 2017. Abstracts that are longer than prescribed will not be considered.

Student Award

There will be an award for the best student paper, which can include undergraduates as well as postgraduates (subject to proof of status).

Conference Dates and Location

The conference will take place over two days (30th and 31st March 2017) in the heart of Edinburgh. One of the main attractions for participants is that we only run single track sessions – no more difficult decisions about who to go and listen to or the awful experience of presenting to just a couple of people whilst everyone else has gone to hear the famous speaker! Everyone is guaranteed a decent audience plus 20 minutes to present their paper followed by 15 minutes of questions. We operate a strict time-keeping policy and all papers must remain within the allocated 20 minutes (or 15 minutes for work-in-progress papers).

Key Dates

  • CFP Submission Deadline – Extended:  20th January, 2017
  • Acceptance/Decline Notifications – Mid-January 2017
  • Preliminary Conference Programme – Late-January 2017
  • Conference Registration Deadline – Friday 24th February 2017
  • Final Paper/PowerPoint Submission – Friday 24th March 2017
  • Conference Dates – Thursday 30th and Friday 31st March 2017

Organising Committee

  • Dr Lesley-Ann Dickson
  • Dr Marty Zeller-Jacques
  • Dr Michael Stewart
  • Robert Munro
  • Jordan Phillips
  • Katrina Macapagal
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