What’s This Space? Screen Practice, audiences & education for the future decade

Upcoming Conference Details

Conference DateWednesday 15th - Friday 17th July 2015
Conference LocationFlinders University – Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Conference ProgramConference Program
Conference RegistrationRegistration

ASPERA Annual Conference 2015: What’s This Space? Screen Practice, audiences & education for the future decade

The ASPERA conference is an annual opportunity for academics, filmmakers and postgraduate students to present and discuss their ideas, projects, teaching & research as they relate to the field of contemporary screen production.

The 12th Annual Conference of the Australian Screen Production Education & Research Association (ASPERA), was held at Flinders University Victoria Square Campus on Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th and Friday 17th July 2015.

Call for Papers (now closed)

The conference convenors invite papers, panels and topics for roundtable discussion, interactive workshops, poster presentations and micro talks (5 minute presentations) that address the following theme (with other ideas also being considered): What’s This Space? Screen practice, audiences and education for the future decade.

The spaces in which screen stories are viewed and the way in which we consume them has, and is continuing to change rapidly. This years ASPERA conference will examine, discuss and explore the multiplicity of screens and the impact they have on production, education, screen communities and audiences in the 21st century. We invite you to consider how traditional creative screen practices are changing and being challenged by the range of screens we now engage with, the content we consume and the spaces in which this is undertaken. We will be publishing fully refereed conference proceedings again this year, via the ASPERA website.

Topics you may wish to address include:

  • The shape of the contemporary screen industries
  • Current screen practices
  • Spaces and screens
  • Documentary forms, narratives and distribution
  • Transmedia storytelling
  • Emerging screen funding models and distribution
  • Screen and digital media production pedagogy
  • Social media as a production platform
  • Participatory content production
  • Digital workflows
  • Mobile screens
  • Screen research through the PhD Film
  • Old and new collaborative practices

Participants are also encouraged to put forward proposals for exhibits, practical workshops or demonstrations. We look forward to talking to you about your requirements.

Important Deadlines:

Abstracts to be submitted by Friday 13th March 2015  (now closed)
Successful submissions will be notified by Monday 30th March 2015 (now closed)
Full draft paper for double blind peer review by Friday 1st May 2015

Submission guidelines:

All proposals must include the following information:

  • Name, title and affiliation of each author (please indicate student authors)
  • An extended abstract (500 words) describing the presentation, including
  • Illustrations or diagrams for installation as needed
  • Requirements for technical support (e.g. AV, space, electrical)
  • First author’s name and page numbers on all proposal pages

Refereed conference proceedings

We will be publishing fully refereed conference proceedings again this year, via the ASPERA website. If you would like the opportunity to have your paper (3500 – 5000 words) published, then you will need to send a full draft for double blind peer review by the 1st May 2015. You will receive two peer review reports prior to the conference, giving you time to develop your ideas in accordance with the reviewers’ suggestions. Final papers will then be due shortly after the conference, to be published before the end of 2015. Further details (including a style guide) will be available at a later date.

Please make it very clear in your e-mail if you are submitting a full paper for peer review. We will not be able to offer this opportunity to papers that are submitted closer to and after the conference.

Conference Committee

The 2015 ASPERA Flinders University Conference committee consists of Alison Wotherspoon, Helen Carter, and Cole Larsen, from the Department of Screen and Media, in the School of Humanities and Creative Arts, Flinders University.

The 2015 ASPERA Conference team would like to thank the staff from the School of Humanities and Creative Arts for their support including Dean of School, Prof Diana Glenn, Manager School Administration Judy Kuckhahn, School Administrative Officer’s Ellen McFarlane, Lynn Hill, Katy Hasenohr, Screen and Media Technician’s Scott Castledine and Todd Pursche.

Conference Convener

Dr Alison Wotherspoon, Flinders University
Email: Alison.wotherspoon@flinders.edu.au
Ph: (08) 8201 2290

Getting There

Adelaide is connected by regular flights to all Australian capitals. The airport is located only 7 km from the city centre with bus and taxi services into the city. Flinders University, Victoria Square is in the centre of the city.

Conference Venue

Victoria Square is Flinders University’s City presence located in the heart of the city of Adelaide. It is an alternative location where we provide information to students and teach a selection of our courses and topics.

Industry Drinks at Rising Sun Pictures

5.15 pm Wednesday, 15th July, 2015
180 Pulteney St, Adelaide SA 5000 Australia
T: +61 8 8400 6400

Rising Sun Pictures was founded in May 1995 by Tony Clark, Gail Fuller and Wayne Lewis who named it after the Rising Sun Inn in Adelaide, South Australia, where the first board meeting was held over a Coopers Ale on a Chesterfield. Now with over 100 films under our belt, Rising Sun is one of the most well-established, independently-owned visual effects companies in the world.

Conference Dinner

6.30 for 7pm, Thursday, 16th July,
Venue: Citi Zen Restaurant
401 King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Information About Adelaide

Lonely Planet


Flinders at Victoria Square is centrally located in the heart of Adelaide. It is across the square from the Central Markets and Chinatown and surrounded by hotels, cafes and restaurants.

Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury

2 Flinders Street, Adelaide, SA 5000 Australia
Contact: Sue Trevana
T: +61 8 8115 8888
M: +61 420 315 221

The Adina is directly across the road from Flinders at Victoria Square. The Adina is offering ASPERA delegates the following rates:

  • Studio Apartments for $186 per night
  • One bedroom Apartments for $203 per night

Fully self contained apartments – full kitchen and washing facilities. 2 bedroom apartments which accommodate up to 4 people are also available.

Hilton Hotel

The Hilton Hotel is on the south-western side of Victoria Square, diagonally across the square from Flinders at Victoria Square.

The Hilton is offering ASPERA delegates the following rates:

  • King Hilton Guest Room $130 per night for single or double rate.
  • King Hilton Deluxe Room $155 per night for single or double rate.

They are also offering Breakfast for $28.00 per person.

A website (POG) has been created in order for Aspera attendees to book their accommodation allowing you to make your booking at any time, day or night and receive a confirmation immediately at the contracted group rate.

Other options

The conference is centrally located and there is a wealth of accommodation options near the venue ranging from backpackers to boutique hotels. So if the above don’t suit your budget jump online or email us at: asperaconference@gmail.com.

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