CFP Screening the Past Special Issue Screen Attachments

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Paola Voci
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Call for Papers

Screening the Past* Special Issue 2011
Editors: Catherine Fowler and Paola Voci

Screen Attachments: New practices of viewing moving images

Film and media studies have developed key models for understanding cinema spectators, media users, fans and consumers of moving images. Yet these models do not adequately account for new practices of viewing moving images. Outside the black box of the cinema auditorium screens and viewers behave differently; consequently new screen attachments are formed. In this special issue we invite proposals that explore relationships between viewers and screens that exceed the active/passive binary that has haunted all discussion of the spectator and media audiences. Papers may consider new practices of viewing: in transport (i.e., on planes, cars, subways, etc); in museums; in public spaces; in the home and in sacred places.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Passionate attachments: the relationship between the viewer and the screen as something that is embodied, intimate, subjective, shared, collective, unsanctioned, and/or ritualized.

Theorized attachments: re-thinking film and media theory to address the new of spaces and places of spectatorship building on the recent work of: Francesco Casetti; Anne Friedberg; Barbara Klinger, Janet Harbord, and others.

Shared attachments: questions of ownership, gifting and sharing as related to social networking and virtual identity; national and/or transnational circulation.

Abstracts of 300 words accompanied by a brief author bio should be sent to by May 15 2010. Please feel free to address any enquiries to this address.

Completed essays will be required by January 15 2011.

For further information about the editors see:
The ARC-ERA ranking of international scholarly journals rated Screening the Past A* (i.e., A+) in the Historical Studies Category, and also in the Film, Television and Digital Media category.

Published with the support of La Trobe University and the Cinema Studies Program in the School of Communications, Arts and Critical Enquiry.