Call for Papers: Islands and Film


[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention. The journal Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, based at Texas A&M University, has issued a Call for Papers for a special issue titled Islands and Film, guest edited by Ian Conrich, Kseniia Kalugina, Laura Sedgwick, and Roy Smith. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is October 1, 2017.

Description: It is estimated that there are more than 100,000 islands in the world. The study of these islands is found predominantly within the sciences and social sciences – in disciplines such as Geography, Geology, Zoology, Ethnography, Anthropology, Sociology, Politics and International Relations – and with often a focus on regions such as the Pacific, Southeast Asia, or the Caribbean. With so much of the world’s populations found on islands – from Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Taiwan to Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom – it is unsurprising that cinema has repeatedly turned to island life as a subject. Yet, film studies has largely ignored the geographical, spatial and cultural significance of the many island-set movies. This special issue of Post Script welcomes submissions on any aspect of the theme ‘Islands and Film’. Articles must, however, consider productions in which the island or island life is central to the narrative. Topics include films that depict castaways, warfare, prisons, pirates, horror and science-fiction, colonies, tourism and resorts, isolated rural communities, fishing communities, indigenous culture, beachscapes and seascapes, ocean-life, nature and wildlife. We will also consider non-fiction, relevant interviews and book reviews.

Post Script is a double-blind refereed journal and articles need to be between 5000 and 8000 words, double-spaced and in the MLA style. Deadline for submissions is 1 October 2017, with publication in 2018. Please submit articles and any enquiries to Ian Conrich

For questions regarding Post Script that are not related to this special issue, please contact the general editor, Gerald Duchovnay

For more information, see

[Photo above: Palomino Island (one of two small islands off Fajardo, Puerto Rico that I have always wanted to visit!) from]

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