UPDATE: Mediascape (1/15/06; journal issue)

full name / name of organization: 
Erin Hill
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Below please find our updated CFP. There is a new submission date, some
changes to the features section call, and a new call for our review

Erin Hill

UCLA's film, television, and digital media e-journal, Mediascape, is now
accepting submissions for the features and reviews sections of its
spring issue. This journal, a place for articles pertaining visual
culture, is peer-reviewed and published on a bi-annual table. The
deadline for submissions is January 15, 2006.


Taking into account the increasingly blurry line between all of the
different components that make up the modern media landscape, the
features section has adopted an inter-disciplinary and inter-media
approach to scholarly discourse on the three main facets of contemporary
visual culture: film, television and digital media. As such, the section
seeks contributions from all areas within media studies, from film
theory to moving image archiving, and welcomes contributions from other
academic fields, such as history, literature, music, economics,
political science, etc., as well as from media practitioners outside of
academia altogether. The guiding principle uniting these contributions
will be the perspectives, however disparate, that they offer on the
mediascape that is common to all of us as media scholars, practitioners
and consumers.

Submissions for the features section need not address the larger issues
described above, so long as they offer a unique perspective on film,
television, digital media, or any other aspect of moving image culture,
preferably encompassing more than one. Though articles should be of a
high level of scholarly rigor, the journal will not be read exclusively
by media scholars. Writing should therefore be readable enough to be
enjoyed by those outside of the field of media studies and indeed
outside of the academy altogether.


Mainstream film, television and digital media reviewing tends to be
constrained by an industry model that requires writers to gain access to
the objects of their review through publicity agents, press kits and
press screenings, leading to a homogeneity of perspectives, and limiting
reviews to objects that are newly available for purchase –in effect
reducing these reviews to simple announcements of the latest releases.
This model also limits reviews to the film/TV/digital media text, which
essentially gives industrial and business factors a free pass. For these
reasons, Mediascape's reviews section calls for reviews written outside
of the industry model described above, and examining not only film,
television and digital media texts, but also the institutions and
apparatuses that shape the way we as consumers, fans, and academics make
meaning of them, such as festivals, books, award shows, restorations,
fan magazines, conferences, DVDs, press kits, movie theaters,
peer-to-peer technologies, soundtracks, televisions, advertising,
reviews, websites, retailers, or any combination of the above.

The reviews section also seeks to become a forum for the international
exchange of ideas and perspectives, in order to break from the local or
national centrism of conventional review journalism. However, there is
no pretension of possessing a "global" viewpoint. Instead, contributors
should bring to the forum their own cultural locatedness in hopes of
contributing to a larger, international exchange of ideas. In pursuit of
a more complete comprehension of global film circulation and reception,
Mediascape's review section is also interested in publishing foreign
language reviews in English and vice versa.

Submission guidelines:

Submissions should follow MLA Style guidelines and should employ the
parenthetical, in-text method of source citation. Digital copies of
accompanying illustrations should be sent as jpegs or adobe files.
Permissions are not the journal's responsibility. Because of the peer
review and editorial processes of the journal's different sections, it
may take as long as eight weeks for decisions on submissions to reach
the writers.

To submit a feature article, please email a copy of your manuscript in
Word format to erinhill_at_ucla.edu. Feature submissions should range from
between 15 and 25 double-spaced, manuscript pages. Some exceptions will
be made with regard to length in either direction; however, it is
preferred that the author stay within the 15-25 page range.

Please direct reviews section questions, proposals, and submissions to
Reviews should be a minimum of 2,500 words, although exceptions may be
granted. There is no maximum word limit, provided work is readable,
structured, and visually appealing in the online format.

General email inquiries can also be sent to erinhill_at_ucla.edu.


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