"Technologies of Media History" - Reviews for MEDIASCAPE issue on "History and Technology in Cinema, Media, and Visual Culture"

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Technologies of Media History
Reviews section of MEDIASCAPE - Call for Papers

For the upcoming issue of MEDIASCAPE, Reviews is seeking submissions that investigate how various technologies of media enable history to be read, constructed, interfaced with, interfered with, or disseminated. The history of the moving image is dependent on the technologies used to facilitate a dialogue amongst the audience, the text, and the extra-text. Digital Media artists and their audiences have experienced significant technological shifts in the multi-faceted medium with which they engage, leading to novel styles and new spaces of representing history. Complicating the ways in which history is (re)recorded and (re)created by "older" media technologies, film is now a ubiquitous medium, one that permeates our everyday consciousness while persistently forging its own historical account. In general, the history of how media has evolved to its present forms is rich and varied. This history is intimately connected with the conversations between consumers and creators, and also dependent on the technologies of production, distribution, and exhibition.

The following are a few questions that researchers may pursue and explore in essay, video essay, or other audiovisual formats in reviews for the upcoming issue of MEDIASCAPE:

Crafting History/Historical Revision
How do the technologies employed by media creators enable them to tell stories of history in contemporary works? What role does fact play and how do media scholars approach historical incompatibilities presented by technology?

Historical Memory in Film
What are the different ways in which media technologies project memories onto the filmic narrative? How is the filmic narrative engaged through memory and identity?

Media Technology and Economy
How successful and effective have "virtual" technologies been in transforming or redefining the production, distribution, and reception of entertainment for audiences? How have these technologies transformed the business of entertainment in terms of production, distribution and consumption?

The Technologies of Film History Pedagogy
How do the technologies of teaching film history affect the types of film history taught in higher education institutions, and can these discursive frameworks be completely mapped to their institutional roles? Are its methods effective and appropriate for cultivating a new generation of film and media scholars raised on threats of the "death of cinema"?

Reviews must be original, and creativity (in argumentation and/or style) is encouraged. Reviews should be a minimum of 2,500 words, although exceptions may be granted. The maximum page limit is 20 pages, and the work must be readable, structured, and visually appealing in the online format. Please direct reviews section questions, proposals, and submissions to Dennis Lo, Dana Covit and Janell Rohan at mediascapereviews@gmail.com by January 15th, 2011.



MEDIASCAPE, UCLA's online, open-access journal for film, television, and digital media, is now accepting submissions for its next issue. This new 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.