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Console-ing Passions

International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism

Console-ing Passions Conference

Venue: Fusion Building, Talbot Campus

11-13 July 2018

Conference registration open 

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the conference, for both accepted presenters and attendees only. A draft version of the programme is now available (pdf 2.96mb)

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).
  • Lily Parrott: A co-founder and project manager the Migration Collective and the London Migration Film Festival, will discuss her professional experience  as a practitioner within the refugee and migration sector, which she has worked in for a number of years.
  • 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.


Conference Committee

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

Dr 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

Proposal Guidelines

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.


Registration for the conference is now open, for accepted presenters and attendees only. Please book here.  

Any Questions

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 and they will be happy to assist you further.