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Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference

Wednesday, 1 July 2015 to Friday, 3 July 2015 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

QUT Gardens Point P Block, Brisbane, Australia

Welcome to the XVIIth Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (FHAANZ) Conference to be held at the Queensland University of Technology between Wednesday 1 July and Friday 3 July 2015. For the first time in the conference’s history, FHAANZ will be held in association with the Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand (SSAAANZ).

The Conference provides a valuable opportunity for scholars, archivists, educators, policymakers, filmmakers and post-graduate students to present ideas and discuss issues pertinent to screen studies and screen history.

Over the years FHAANZ has provided an important forum for historical research while also acting as a critical meeting place for contemporary screen studies debates more broadly. The XVIIth FHAANZ conference builds upon this tradition, and rather than defining a specific conference theme, it invites proposals on all aspects of screen studies and history from aesthetics and philosophy to digital media and creative practice.

On a final note, the conference convenors are very excited to host the event in Brisbane and look forward to abstracts and panel proposals for what we hope will be a diverse, insightful and thought provoking event.

Mark Ryan and Ben Goldsmith, Conference Convenors



Provisional Program Now Available

*Please note: This program is subject to change.

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Handbook Now Available

Please click here to download the FHAANZ 2015 conference handbook.


2015 FHAANZ Best Paper Prize - Sponsored by Currency Press



Susan Kerrigan, The spectator in the filmmaker: reflecting on continuity using cogitative semiotics and filmology

Highly Commended papers

Samantha Lindop, Female Subjectivity and the Femme Fatale in Born to Kill

Eliza Waterhouse, A revolution in motion: the political orientations of Palestinian film from ‘third’ to ‘world’

Andrew Couzens, Visions of Australian Colonial Authority in Captain Thunderbolt (1953), Robbery Under Arms (1957) and Eureka Stockade (1949)



Call for Papers 

The XVIIth FHAANZ Conference is currently seeking submissions for paper and panel presentations on any aspect of screen studies and film history.

The Organising Committee is pleased to announce the 2015 FHAANZ Best Paper Prize. Currency have offered a $200 book voucher to be used on any Currency Press print or ebook as a prize for the paper that best enhances the knowledge and understanding of cinema.

For further details please click here.


Submissions Close: Friday 27 February 2015


Book Launch Directory of World Cinema: Australia and New Zealand 2

The second edition of the Directory of World Cinema: Australia and New Zealand 2 (2015) edited by Ben Goldsmith, Mark David Ryan, and Geoff Lealand (published by Intellect) will be launched during the conference. Building on and bringing up to date the material presented in the first edition, this volume continues the exploration of the cinema produced in Australia and New Zealand since the beginning of the twentieth century. Accompanying the critical essays there are almost 70 new film reviews, complemented by full-colour film stills and significantly expanded references for further study. From The Piano to Red Dog, from Pictures to The Orator, Directory of World Cinema: Australia and New Zealand 2 continues this comprehensive treatment of two similar – but also different – consistently fascinating national cinemas. Website:

We want to know about your Australian/NZ cinema or screen studies book for the 2015 FHAANZ Conference!

As part of the 2015 FHAANZ Conference there will be a showcase of Australian and New Zealand cinema, or general screen studies, books published by conference attendees in the last 6 months. So if you have a book that has recently been published or will be published before the conference let us know and we will get in touch to talk with you about having copies available for purchase and having other promotional material available etc. Let us know at


FHAANZ/SSAAANZ Postgraduate Workshop at The University of Queensland

Date: Tuesday, 30 June
Time: 2–6 pm
Location: Michie Building (building 9), UQ, St Lucia
Convenor: Associate Professor Jane Stadler

RSVP: by 5pm on Monday, 1 June

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