CFP: Spectator: Media Co-Production (11/29/06; journal issue)

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Hyung-Sook Lee
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Hello all,

Spectator, published biannually by the Division of Critical Studies, University of Southern California, is seeking papers on Media Co-productions for its next issue. Please circulate the information to your colleagues and PhD students.

Thank you.

Hyung-Sook Lee
Postdoctoral Fellow
Critical Studies
School of Cinema-TV
University of Southern California

Call for Papers

Topic Title: Hybrid Media, Ambivalent Feelings: Media Co-Productions and Cultural Negotiation
Spectator Volume 27, Issue 2 (Fall 2007)

Description of topic
This issue of Spectator seeks papers that explore diverse aspects of media co-productions and their significance in national, regional, or global contexts. The long history of media co-productions has displayed greatly varied meanings and modes of practice. Recent film and TV co-productions all over the world are usually voluntarily done to augment the practical and economic gains of collaborators in the ever expanding global media markets. However, some other cases, such as seen in the careers of European émigré filmmakers in Hollywood during the silent film era or in the Korea - Japan film co-productions during the colonial period demonstrate that the collaborations were done as inevitable choices under pressing socio-political circumstances. Whereas there are occasions in which co-productions happen simply on the level of the merger of finances, some others further involve the exchange of technical talents and/or performers.

The effects of co-productions also vary widely. The changed mode of media production from national to transnational collaboration reconfigures the operation of media industries, as well as transforms the textual qualities of resultant media products. Sometimes, the co-produced media can rekindle national and historical sensibilities among audiences by the way the presence of "the other" is treated in the production, as is witnessed in the recent controversy over the East-West co-production of Memoirs of a Geisha.

Facing a new phase of active global media co-productions in both East and West, this issue of Spectator will examine the various ways in which economic, cultural, and political interests converge and also are contested in media co-productions over the history. Academic essays, interviews, and book reviews that pursue to explore, redefine, and/or expand the concept of co-productions are all encouraged for submission.

Deadline for Submission
November 29, 2006

Spectator is a biannual publication and submissions that address the above topics in the following areas are now invited for submission:

. co-produced TV series, films, documentaries, etc
. major studios, co-production, and corporate effects
. regional co-productions vs. global co-productions
. genre and film co-productions
. co-productions and the issue of identity
. co-productions and the issue of language
. issues of translation and translatability in co-productions
. co-productions and issues of remakes and adaptation
. stars in co-produced media
. visible vs. invisible co-productions
. post/colonial history and media co-productions
. diaspora media as co-productions, etc.

Manuscripts to be considered for publication should be sent to:

Hyung-Sook Lee
Critical Studies
Lucas Instructional Bldg., Room 405
School of Cinema-TV
University of Southern California
LA, CA 90089-2211
ATTN: Spectator Submission

One copy of manuscript should be submitted as well as a copy on disk. Submissions can also be e-mailed directly. Manuscripts should include the title of the contribution and the name (s) of authors. As well as the postal address, e-mail address, and phone numbers for author who will work with the editor on any revisions. All pages should be numbered consecutively. Contributions should not be more than 5,000 words. They should also include a brief abstract for publicity. Authors should also include a brief biographic entry. Rejected manuscripts will not be returned.

Articles submitted to the Spectator should not be under consideration by any other journal.

Book Reviews may vary in length from 300 to 1,000 words. Please include title of book, retail price and ISBN at the beginning of the review.

Forum or Additional Section contributions can include works on new archival or research facilities or methods as well as other relevant works related to the field.

Electronic Submissions and Formatting. Authors should send copies of their work via e-mail as electronic attachments. Please keep backup files of all disks. Files should be Microsoft Word in PC or Mac format, depending on the editor's preference. Endnotes should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style.

Upon acceptance, a format guideline will be forwarded to all contributors as to image and text requirements.

Current Board for Spectator

Founding Editor: Marsha Kinder
Managing Editor: William Whittington
Issue Editor: Hyung-Sook Lee

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