"History and Digital Media" - META section of MEDIASCAPE issue on "History and Technology in Cinema, Media, and Visual Culture"

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History and Digital Media

META section of MEDIASCAPE - Call for Papers

Creators of digital media products have significantly altered methods of film production, distribution and exhibition over the last decade, which has in turn effectively reshaped academic approaches to film studies. Scholars who once examined the medium of "film" rather narrowly, as predominantly text-based, now face with the advent of new technologies a radically transformed field. Through this process, the archive has undergone substantial changes as well. Film has become a ubiquitous medium, readily accessible for both professionals and amateurs. How has the progression of digital media technologies shaped the role of history in film and media studies?

The META section of MEDIASCAPE is looking for short essays and/or video essays that examine this central question in regards to the relation between history and digital media. Submissions may address subjects which include, but are not limited to:

The History of Digital Media
How did digital media evolve and how do scholars approach this phenomenon in film studies? What are the implications of digital media for cinema, and what are the connections and incongruities that exist between the histories of film and digital media?

Film History in the Digital Age
How has the practice of film history changed with the advent of the digital archive? How is film viewed, discussed and perceived in light of the ubiquitous presence of digital media and what advantages or disadvantages do digital media technologies pose?

Historicity and Film Discourse
How does history figure in the digitally-designed sphere of contemporary film? How do critics engage with digital media to examine film historical issues? How does digital media promote or stifle film historical education?

If you have questions about META submissions, or wish to submit a paper or project for consideration, please contact Kelly Lake and Matthias Stork at Meta.Mediascape@gmail.com with the subject header "MEDIASCAPE META" 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 http://www.tft.ucla.edu/mediascape. Andy Young and Andy Myers, Co-Editors-in-Chief, welcome your queries, comments, and suggestions by email at mediascape@tft.ucla.edu.

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@tft.ucla.edu.

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.