The program

NECS Conference 2021 will take place online from June 7th to 13th.

Here you can find the program.

To get access to the Conference, please, go HERE (log in is required).

Nuove lezioni siciliane – Kamal Aljafari Workshop

The Sicilia Queer cultural association, in collaboration with Institut français – Palermo and Goethe-Institut Palermo, Università degli Studi di Palermo and NECS – European Network for Cinema and Media Studies is announcing a call for applications for the selection of participants to the practical and theoretical workshop to be held by director Kamal Aljafari, in Palermo between 29th of May and 5th of June 2021. The objective of the workshop is to provide an opportunity to know and experience the personal approach of the Palestinian director, one of the most poetic and visionary in the international cinematographic landscape, an opportunity for exchange and discussion, useful to the cultural growth and professional enrichment of each participant. During the workshop, participants will develop and carry out a cinematographic product under the supervision of Kamal Aljafari.

The workshop will last one week (from the 29th of May to the 5th of June 2021) and about 12 (twelve) students will be accepted. The week will consist of 30 hours of laboratory activity, alternating theoretical and practical activities as described in detail further in this program. At the end of the week, a short movie will be produced thanks to the collaboration between students and director. The workshop will also include a series of evening screenings of a selection of movies by Kamal Aljafari, followed by discussions and meetings with the audience. The workshop will take place in several areas of Palermo, to be specified as the start date approaches. Participants must see to their own accommodation needs, considering that the Sicilia Queer filmfest will make agreements with local facilities to provide suitable lodging.

Participants to the workshop must bring their own video equipment (e.g. camera, DSLR, smartphone) and a personal computer to handle the different phases of the audiovisual elaboration. There will be no age limit. There are no specific requirements regarding prior filming experience, as the main focus of the workshop will be on cinematographic narration and the relationship between documentary and fiction. A good level of English (B2) is mandatory

To apply, fill out the pre-registration form online at the following link no later than 12:00 noon on 22nd of May 2021

All applicants must also send an e-mail to including the following documents, preferably in PDF.

• copy of a valid ID
• curriculum vitae
• portfolio
• motivational letter

The list of admitted applicants will be published after the 25th of May 2021 on the Sicilia Queer filmfest website and Facebook page.

Here you can find the Workshop Program


Due to the persistent uncertainty caused by the world-wide pandemic, the NECS Steering Committee, in consultation with the NECS 2021 Local Organizing Team, has decided to hold the 2021 Palermo conference entirely online from June 7th to 13th.

The conference theme remains unchanged: Transitions: Moving Images and Bodies. And all papers, panels, and workshops accepted in early Spring of 2020 are automatically accepted to the 2021 conference. In order to maintain the spirit of live discussion and exchange, while addressing organizational needs, we’ve decided to refrain from pre-recorded sessions and hold all panels, workshops and keynote sessions as live online events.

Despite the challenges of holding an online conference with participants from around the globe, we aim to make the best of the online format and its specific affordances. Due to the scale of our conference (featuring over 150 panels), we need to reconsider the programming strategy (also with reference to the date range of June 7-13). Thus we need all the accepted presenters and panel organizers to fill in the registration poll before 10 January 2021. The form will be distributed before the winter holidays.

We are doing our best to provide our membership – scholars from various countries and nationalities – with the most feasible solution for collaboration and the exchange of ideas. We believe this is possible only by ensuring a stable environment in full compliance with the diverse demands and limitations arising during this global pandemic.


We are happy to announce that this year’s NECS topic is ” Transitions: Moving Images and Bodies”.
We highly encourage you to submit your papers.

You can find all the details here.



We are proud to announce that NECS 2020 CONFERENCE will take place 18-20 June 2020 in Palermo.

The University of Palermo (Sicily) dates back to the 16th century and is now, with about 50.000 students and staff members, one of the largest universities in Italy. Three years ago, the Faculty of Humanities (Scienze Umanistiche) introduced a new Art, Music and Film Studies program.
Its staff and students look forward to welcoming the NECS community next summer.

Call for Papers will be published soon.