Call for FEATURES: New and Digital Media

deadline for submissions: 
February 28, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Mediascape (UCLA’S Journal of Cinema and Media Studies)
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                                                                                          Mediascape Features Section Call for Papers

                                                                                                  Fall 2018: New and Digital Media


Mediascape, UCLA’s journal of cinema and media studies, is seeking submissions for the Fall 2018 issue. We invite scholarly articles that address the theme of New and Digital Media.


While cinema and media studies has engaged with the advent of technology since the very start of the field, the scientific, historical, sociopolitical, cultural and experiential implications of a broader range of new and digital media have been the subject of scholarly research and discourse in other fields related to media art, sciences, and technology. The aim of this issue is to bring various inputs from different disciplines together and to further these discussions revolving around new and digital media by which our mediascape is informed.


For this call, the categorization of new and digital media encompasses a broad range of new media art practices, technologies, and mediums in various time periods: from cable television to streaming services, from experimental acoustic arts to popular social media platforms, from user-generated content (UGC) to algorithmic arts, from early computational arts to biometric media, from interactive performances to virtual and augmented reality, and other possibilities you can think of. We welcome papers that critically examine new and digital media via any perspectives from media studies, cinema studies, cultural studies, information studies, and other related interdisciplinary fields. Contributions related to emerging media are also invited.


Possible topical areas could include, but are not limited to:

  • Aesthetics, Epistemologies, and Ontologies Revisited

  • Democratization of the Digital Space: crowd art, open access, participatory experiences

  • Ethics of Networked Media: data privacy, surveillance, vulnerable publics

  • Inclusion, Diversity, and Accessibility of New Media Technologies, Practices, and Spaces

  • Immersion, Engagement, and Interaction: AR/VR/MR innovations, sensory experiences, wearable technologies, social media, the use of new media for educational purposes

  • Issues of Representation On-Screen and in the Workforce: race, gender, ethnicity

  • Materiality and Physicality: new media objects, convergent creative practices

  • Media History and Archaeology: the relationship between old, present, and future media

  • Media and Tech Industries: political economy, institutional structures and policies, the interaction between art, technology, and commerce

  • Research Methodologies: art-based research, cultural analytics, digital humanities

For those who are interested, please send a manuscript of 4,500–7,000 words OR an abstract of 250–350 words, along with a 200-word biography to the section editor Zizi Li by 5 pm PST February 28th, 2018.