naturalized institutional/cultural censorship versus film/media that illuminate the lived experiences of marginalized people

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture
contact email: 


A popular site such as ShortList offers lists of what it presents (without qualification) as the best movies of a decade or genre and the best shows to watch on streaming services. The site was first launched in 2010 as an adjunct to Shortlist, the free British weekly magazine designed for young professional men. After its print edition ended in 2018, ostensibly became a venue no longer aimed at white, upwardly mobile (British) men. Today, it presents itself as providing a “new way of ordering your world and helping you find the best of everything [in] entertainment, tech, style, home, health & fitness and food.”


The Projector is developing a series of issues featuring research articles that will examine the tacit or explicit censorship enacted by institutions and socio-economic groups that regularly engage in the Orwellian project of “ordering your world” and “helping you find the best of everything” in film and media. Research articles in the upcoming issues will also explore and contextualize film-media productions that step outside of naturalized aesthetic and/or cultural norms to illuminate the experiences and perspectives of people historically consigned to the margins of film and media narratives. Case studies will come from U.S. and global film-media.



Topics might include but are not limited to


Patterns in reviews or film/media scholarship


Censorship by interest groups, regional groups, religious groups


Demographics of film/television/digital content executives


Cultural-institutional gatekeepers


Institutions or organizations that foster alternative productions


Individuals who have created institutions that support women and film/media-makers of color, e.g., Ava DuVernay,


Productions that receive critical acclaim but have audience reviews emphasizing that the film/show “is not for everyone,” meaning men, e.g., Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)


Productions that employ avant-garde strategies to disrupt prevailing conventions of depicting underrepresented individuals and communities


Productions that revisit events, genres, or narratives to explore overlooked realities/perspectives



Initial deadline: October 31, 2020 – with submissions accepted throughout 2021


Consult the journal’s format and submission guidelines well before submitting material: 


Send submissions to Cynthia Baron


For inquires, contact Cynthia Baron