Call for papers: Spies on British Screens, 17th – 19th June 2016, Plymouth University

Proposals are invited for a conference which will explore the continued popularity of spy and intelligence thrillers on British cinema and TV screens as well as offering new interpretations of previous aspects of the genre.

Taking place at Plymouth University from 17th-19th June 2016, multiple panels will discuss the genre, its origins and evolution. Discussions can also consider how our expectations and ideas of real-life surveillance culture are shaped by screen representations.

The Organisers are currently negotiating the possibility of linking scholarly publications to the conference and it is anticipated that selected papers will be published in a journal and/or edited collection.

Papers might cover but would not be limited to:

  • Gender within the genre
  • Class and the spy genre
  • The evolution of the spy genre
  • History and the spy film or TV programme
  • Screening intelligence in the War on Terror
  • Spies and documentaries
  • Multi-media adaptations
  • The James Bond phenomenon
  • ‘Cloak and Dagger’ vs Techno-spies
  • Satirising the intelligence community
  • How these genres inform popular impressions of the intelligence community

Panel proposals or individual papers of up to 20 minutes length are welcome.


Submit a maximum 500 words abstract to:

Dr Nicholas Barnett:

Dr Kim Edwards:

Dr Laura Crossley:


Deadline for Submission: 20th April 2016

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