Call for Papers

London: Gateway to Cinema and Media Studies

July 18-20, 2019

Notre Dame London Global Gateway
1-4 Suffolk Street
London SW1Y 4HG

As the inaugural event for SCMS Partners, the University of Notre Dame will partner with the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) and King's College London (KCL) to present the summer symposium, “London, Cinema and Media Gateway,” July 18-20, 2019.


This symposium will bring together scholars for three days of discussion about London’s rich history and complex future in relation to cinema and media studies. The symposium explores the meaning and import of London in film and media studies as a production center for film and TV production, as location, and as representation. It considers London’s role as a hub for distribution and global media flows, and also for film theory and criticism. We seek papers that address the broad span of London’s history, from early film forward, as well as the changing landscape and meaning of London in the context of Brexit.


Possible topics to be explored include:

London in Film and TV

London as Location

London as Production Center

London and Global Media Flows

London and Film Theory

London and Cultural Studies

London Festivals and Exhibition

London and Television Production

London, Film and City Branding

London and Media Consumption


Keynote, Thursday, July 18 (held at King's College):

Charlotte Brunsdon, Professor in Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick, author of Television Cities: Paris, London, Baltimore and London in Cinema: The Cinematic City since 1945


Participants do not need to be members of SCMS, but members will receive a discount on their registration.


Proposals are due by February 1st, 2019. Proposals can be submitted via email to:


We will provide speakers with information about hotels but will not provide a block of rooms.


For questions, please contact Program Chair Elizabeth Evans,