Call for Papers: Journal of Screenwriting Special Issue on Trauma & Screenwriting

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Call for Papers
April 3, 2023
Subject Fields: 
Film and Film History


The Journal of Screenwriting is calling for articles for a Special Issue with a focus on trauma and screenwriting, to be published November 2024.


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The journal wants to emphasize the importance of trauma inclusively, across eras, geographies and genres from diverse perspectives. This may arise from an analysis of bodies of work, from individual scripts, or from case studies where trauma has been significant for screen stories.  


Articles may include (but are not limited to) the following topics: 


  • Case studies on individual screenwriter’s work, collaborations
  • Trauma in the life and work of the screenwriter 
  • Trauma in screenwriting and for screenwriting 
  • Trauma as screenwriting 
  • Screenwriting to overcome trauma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder and screenwriting 
  • Trauma, memory, remembering and screenwriting 
  • Collective trauma and screenwriting 
  • Child abuse, trauma and screenwriting 
  • National and global tendencies regarding trauma and screenwriting 
  • Commemorating trauma 
  • Transnational trauma and screenwriting 
  • Trauma, intersectionality and screenwriting
  • Trauma, time and screenwriting 
  • Trauma in screenwriting drafting, editing, in narrative, plot, structure, character/s 
  • Trauma in story as secret, authenticity, fantasy 
  • The hidden overt and covert text 
  • Theories and practices of trauma and screenwriting (especially in relation to duration and time via Bergson, Levinas, Sartre, Irigaray, Derrida and Deleuze)


In the first instance, please email abstracts of up to 400 words and a short biography, no later than 3 April 2023 to the editor of this special issue: Jason Lee  


Following confirmation, articles of between 4000 and 8000 words should be sent by 18 November 2023 directly to the editor following the journal’s house style which can be accessed here:


Peer review acceptance/rejection will be completed by the end of March 2024. Rewrites will be due by the end of July 2024

The Journal of Screenwriting is an international peer-reviewed journal published three times annually by Intellect and is abstracted and indexed by Thomson Reuters: ISI Web of Knowledge, MLA and FIAF. It explores the nature of writing for the screen image; this includes not only writing for film and television but also computer games and animation. The journal highlights current academic and professional thinking about the screenplay and intends to promote, stimulate and bring together current research and contemporary debates around the screenplay whilst encouraging ground-breaking research in an international arena. The journal is discursive, critical, rigorous and engages with issues in a dynamic and developing field, linking academic theory to screenwriting practice.

Contact Info: 

Special Issue Editor

Jason Lee

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