CFP – “Digital History” — Features for MEDIASCAPE issue on “History and Technology in Cinema, Media, and Visual Culture"

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MEDIASCAPE, UCLA's Journal of Film, Television, and Digital Media
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The digitization of culture writ large — and the archive in particular — necessitates a reevaluation of the study of both media history and mediated history. How does the transformation of the past into ones and zeroes affect our conception and study of history? Who owns and operates the digital archive? What is lost in the continual upgrade of technology?

MEDIASCAPE is seeking articles that explore new, neglected, or underdeveloped areas in the field of “Digital History” within all areas of media studies. Topics may included, but are not limited to:

• The effects of digital archives on the study of film and television history.
• The transformation of our relationship with mediated history due to the ease at which content creators can dig up cultural artifacts.
• The speed and depth of which the cultural recycling of history has transformed digital media.
• The voices and artifacts of underrepresented groups (ie. LGBT, race, ethnicity, gender, etc.) that get marginalized or left out of the digital archive.
• The dissemination of archived information towards the public at large.
• The increasingly transitory nature of media formats and platforms.
• The history of digital convergence.
• The requirement of multi-platform engagement in historical analysis.
• The historical nature of hyperlinked and embedded media.
• The metadata and organization of digital history.
• The disposability, fragility, and impermanence of digital archives.

Feature submissions should offer a new and unique perspective on digital history in the field of film, television, and digital media, and are encouraged to address more than one area of moving image culture. Papers are accepted from both faculty and graduate students, and should be 15-25 pages in length, formatted with MLA endnote citations, and include a brief biography of the author. Please direct feature section questions, proposals, and submissions to Matthew Perkins at by January 15th, 2012.



MEDIASCAPE, UCLA's online, open-access journal for film, television, and digital media, is now accepting submissions for its next issue. This next issue considers the theme of History and Technology in Cinema, Media and Visual Culture.

MEDIASCAPE is proud to publish high quality work that combines the cutting edge of critical and historical analysis with an impulse to explore the possibilities of digital publishing. We are eager to work closely with authors to publish high-quality work that embeds content, video essays, and/or interactive applications. Our journal also publishes traditional scholarly essays, but we encourage all authors to consider graphic and video aids.

MEDIASCAPE is peer-reviewed, published annually, and accessible online at Andy Young and Andy Myers, Co-Editors-in-Chief, welcome your queries, comments, and suggestions by email at

General Guidelines:

All submissions should follow MLA Style guidelines, employ endnote citations (not parenthetical citations), and comply with the following formatting requirements:

• No cover page, with title instead centered at the top of the first page of the article
• Language of document set to English
• Double spaced paragraphs in 12 point font
• 1" Margins
• Endnotes rather than footnotes
• Images correctly sized outside of word (sizing them in word slows web editing process) and then placed within the word document's layout where they should appear at publication

Because of the peer review and editorial processes of the journal's different sections, it may take as long as eight to twelve weeks for decisions on submissions to reach the writers. General email inquiries can be sent to

MEDIASCAPE Copyright Policy:

Articles appearing in MEDIASCAPE are accepted on the basis that the material is the original, uncopied work of the author or authors. The ownership of manuscripts for publication in MEDIASCAPE shall reside with the author(s), though MEDIASCAPE reserves exclusive first rights of publication. This means that MEDIASCAPE alone may publish the article for the first time, and the author(s) may not publish the piece elsewhere for a period of 6 months following initial publication.

Following the 6 month first-rights period, the author will retain full rights and ownership to the material, and will be free to re-publish the manuscript elsewhere, provided that full and appropriate credit for first publication be given to MEDIASCAPE. In exchange for retaining author ownership rights post-publication, MEDIASCAPE requires that authors not submit their manuscripts simultaneously to other journals/publishers while under consideration for publication in MEDIASCAPE.

Note on images: MEDIASCAPE uses images by permission of the original creator(s), or under the parameters and protections afforded non-profit, educational use by the principles of Fair Use.

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