CFP: [20th] The Future of Politics & Media (movement media e-journal; deadline extended 1/6/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Bryce J. Renninger

Call For Papers: The Future of Politics & Media
Movement 1.2
In this historic presidential election, the interactions between media and
politics were as symbiotic as they perhaps have ever been. However,
virtually all interactions between the two can be seen as all three of the
biological types of symbiosis at once â€" mutulastic, parasitic, or
commensal. With various new media outlets and new movements in global,
national, and local politics, there is much work to be done on the most
effective ways to think about these interactions. The future of politics
and media is the subject of Issue 1.2 of Movement. Some potential questions:

 How do 24-hour news networks and websites contribute to political discourse?
 How have forces of globalization affected political media in the US and
in other national contexts?
 How do national and transnational news outlets differ in their political
 What is the role of blogging in the 21st Century political landscape?
What is the difference between an organization or news company having a
blog and a regular Joe or Jane Sixpack having his or her own blog?
 How is the political establishment reacting to new media types and
outlets? How do political organizations use new media for processes such
as community organization, information dissemination, recruitment, rumor
spreading, or smearing?
 How are political stars (e.g. Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama,
the Kennedy’s) formed? To what purposes are they utilized? How do
pre-established media stars (e.g. Jesse Ventura, Al Franken, Arnold
Schwarzenagger) make the transition to politics?
 How do entertainment media affect contemporaneous politics? One may
consider the satire of The Daily Show, Colbert, SNL, or W. or political

These questions can be treated as mere starting points. It is not
necessary for proposals to be focused on US politics in isolation or at
all. Comparative studies and studies of non-US media/politics are
encouraged. Submitted papers need not solely be limited to addressing
these specific questionsâ€"any proposals related to the subject at large on
topics not specifically addressed here are encouraged as well. In addition
to being futuristic in aim, papers are strongly encouraged to engage with
media and political history.

Please send 300-400 word abstracts addressed to
by December 6. You will be contacted by January 10 as to whether or not
your paper has been chosen for publication.

A brief description of the journal:

Media, as history has shown, has never been a static concept. And as the
form and definition of various media continue to change, “media studies”
changes as well. Movement, simply put, is a journal dedicated towards
looking to the future in studies of the moving image. Movement aims not
only to conceptualize the future of “media,” but also to examine how
studies in visual media can be adapted to the ever-changing agents,
consumers, and distributors of such media.

Movement was created by graduate students, and is intended as a voice for
scholars of all ages to commentate, analyze, and speculate on the future of
media. As audio-visual media becomes more complex and pervasive,
understanding such media becomes more essential to perceiving the world
around us. Movement welcomes papers that aim to develop a progressive
understanding of contemporary visual media. This also means rethinking the
past, and Movement encourages submissions that aim to expand or challenge
established studies in order to develop a more complete understanding of
the future of visual media.

Movement 1.1 will be available late December at

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