The Archive (film, TV, new media)

full name / name of organization:
contact email: CFP: The Archive is the University of Texas at Austin, Department of Radio-TV-Film's journal of television and new media.

Due Date: Friday, May 7, 2010

"Silences enter the process of historical production at four crucial moments: the moment of fact creation (the making of sources); the moment of fact assembly (the making of archives); the moment of fact retrieval (the making of narratives); and the moment of retrospective significance (the making of history in the final instance)." –Michel-Rolph Trouillot, "Silencing the Past"

For this special issue, we are soliciting columns that use media archives as sources and explore archives as objects of study in themselves. In particular, Flow seeks to problematize the rhetoric of "new," "digital," "ephemeral," and "interchangeable" with regard to our multifaceted media landscape and ask: In what very real ways do we form, practice, and extract from the archive? How does the archive function as a connection between the past and the present (and an example of the past's place in the present)? How does media function in the archive and as an archive? How can archival study be used to further public knowledge and historical consciousness? Which voices are filtered out, and which gain admission to the archive? What about the "unarchivable" — affective, unwriteable, experiential?

In a sense, this special issue will itself be an archive: What is the current state of the mass-mediated past?

Some possible subjects include:

* Social media as archive
* Film preservation
* The actor's, producer's and director's archive
* Queer temporalities and media practices
* Trauma, public memory, media
* News gathering
* The Internet as archive and archiving the Internet
* DVDs as television archives
* Mobile technology as archive
* Reproducibility across media
* TV networks as archives–TV Land/Nick at Nite, ESPN Classic, AMC, History channel
* Popular media in national or official archives

Flow has a longstanding policy of encouraging non-jargony, highly readable pieces and ample incorporation of images and video. Please send submissions (attached as a Word doc) of between 1000-1500 words to no later than May 7, 2010. Images must be accompanied by a hyperlink to their original source on the web or other image credits.