Introduction

Screen Narratives: Order and Chaos
12th Screenwriting Research Network (SRN) International Conference

Porto, Portugal, September 12th-14th, 2019

Hosted by School of Arts, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
and the Research Centre for the Science and Technology of the Arts

 

The Screenwriting Research Network (SRN) is an organization committed to promoting sustained analysis and critical understanding of screenwriting. It holds an annual conference strongly aimed at sharing knowledge on narrative matters. Writers and commentators thus have an opportunity to present their work and/or research and discuss screenwriting in its multiple dimensions (e.g. as a product, a process, an industrial tool).

In 2019, the SRN conference will be hosted by the Research Centre for Science and Technologies of Arts (CITAR), operating within the School of Arts, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Porto). CITAR develops actions to foster both art-based and theoretical-based research in four subject fields: Cinema and Cinematic Art, Heritage and Conservation-Restoration, New Media Art, and Sound and Music. Following on the work that CITAR has been developing on complex narratives, the Cinema and Cinematic Art research group co-organizes the 2019 SRN's conference. We aim to offer participants an opportunity to deepen their knowledge on this issue and to broaden the discussion on screenwriting narratives to the interplay between chaos and order.

The conference will take place in Oporto, a vibrant city which was awarded the distinction of European Best Destination, both in 2014 and 2017. Traditionally known for the Port Wine, it combines heritage with contemporaneity and has a lot to offer its visitors: from cultural activities - art galleries, museums, theatres, proximity to other historical cities, etc. -  to relaxation on the beach, on the wine farms at the Douro valley, or getting in contact with the local gastronomy. Portuguese people's congeniality and communicative skills, comfortable housing and a secure environment are usually valued by worldwide visitors as well.