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MSMI Call for Papers: Special Issue on "Musical Screens"
full name / name of organization:
Liverpool University Press
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Music, Sound, and the Moving Image
Special Issue Editor: James Tobias, Associate Professor, UC Riverside (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deadline for 300 word proposals: May 1 2014
This special issue of Music, Sound, and the Moving Image will be dedicated to position papers analyzing "Musical Screens" in transmedia contexts. We seek contributions that will attempt to stake out the crucial histories, contemporary practices, and methodological innovations for understanding musicality across digital screen cultures, and amidst ongoing digital media transitions.
Contemporary transmedia production and reception practices make clear the ways in which networked platforms (including mobile devices) expand modalities of production, distribution, and reception for media commodities. At the same time, digital transitions have made patently clear the value of musical meanings, values, and effects as cinema, television, and radio industries have incorporated online distribution, amp up digital rights and licensing strategies, and invest in social media. Musical invention and digital transitions are firmly entangled across globalizing mediascapes, presenting new challenges for cultural critiques of subjectivity, affect, sociality, and cultural and subcultural form. Finally, advances in computation continue to enable new possibilities and new affordances for visualization and sonification that are especially relevant to studies of musicality across media.
In these contexts, historical uses of musical or sonic instrumentality for affective transformations, whether positive (as in "music therapy") or destructive (i.e., in theaters of war or in interrogation practices) make clear a broader set of problems around ethical uses of musical media and media effects more generally.
This special issue of Music, Sound, and the Moving Image dedicated to musical invention, digital transitions, and cultural critique thus calls for both position papers that will stake out the key range of relevant methods and concerns for the analysis of music and musicality in digital screen cultures as well as of the histories and ethical potentials relevant to them.
We are especially interested in transdisciplinary approaches which might mobilize affect theory, new theories of labor and media, ethics, studies of gender and sexuality including or beyond queer theory, critical race and ethnicity theories, post-colonial or de-colonial theories, etc., along with film or video music studies, production and reception studies, etc.
Send 300 word proposals for papers by no later than May 1st 2014 to: email@example.com.
Topics for position papers may include but need not be limited to:
1. Industrial or hyperindustrial transformations and musical media commodities