lundi 13 juillet 2009

CFP films studies

CALL FOR PAPERSCANADIAN JOURNAL OF FILM STUDIESREVUE CANADIENNE D’ÉTUDES CINÉ email: The editors of CJFS/RCEC - Charles Acland (Communication Studies) and Catherine Russell (Cinema Studies) at Concordia University, Montreal - seek submissions of manuscripts in film and moving image studies for the following special topics issues: 1. FILM PUBLICS RECONSIDERED: Few concepts have been as influential to contemporary film studies as the concept of the public sphere, as theorized by Habermas, Negt and Kluge. Especially as advanced in Miriam Hansen’s Babel and Babylon, the public sphere has been a central way in which film and media scholars have written about the relationship between text, space and the prospects for democratic life. With this special issue, we are seeking work that reassesses the legacy of this framework. Papers may be exemplary applications of the concept of the public sphere (e.g. examining film festivals or non-theatrical exhibition) or may be theoretical surveys and evaluations. Deadline for FILM PUBLICS RECONSIDERED - September 1, 2009 2. STAR PERFORMANCE: Film and media stars, by definition multi-media figures, evolve as a complex mix of individually embodied- and industrially-generated assemblages of gesture, expression and narrative. This special issue seeks research that specifically addresses the intersection of performance and persona in star-making, and star-sustaining, enterprises. Papers may investigate star performance styles, cross-media manifestations of star personas, and star labour in creative cultural industries. Deadline for submission for STAR PERFORMANCE – December 1, 2009 3. EXPANDED SCREENS: The site, situation and occasion of moving image culture is so varied that it can no longer be contained under Gene Youngblood’s groundbreaking category of “expanded cinema.” Accordingly, this special issue will assemble research that explores the outermost boundaries of the implications and consequences of our broadening screen culture. Future cinema, miniaturized formats, clip culture, game aesthetics, and digital moving image circulation are all possible areas of research attention for contributions to this issue. Deadline for submission for EXPANDED SCREENS – March 1, 2010 As always, we continue to seek high quality research for general topic issues. The CJFS/RCEC is Canada’s leading scholarly venue for moving image studies, refereed using a double-blind review process. We publish innovated research on all topics and formats related to moving image studies. We also regularly publish book reviews. Complete guidelines for contributors can be found in each issue of the journal was well as on our website at Send queries and manuscripts to

dimanche 17 août 2008


Call for submissions for an edited volume on global media, cultures, and identities
We are seeking chapter proposals for an edited volume on global media, cultures, and identities. The volume will examine the relationship between culture, media, and identity in a global world from various disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, in different geographic locations, and with respect to a range of media, both old and new. The collection will combine theoretical reflections with concrete analyses of the modes in which global media shape cultural identities and, conversely, cultural formations influence the political economy of global media.

How do we conceptualize the global culture, media, and identity problematic after the interventions of postcolonialism and poststructuralism, for instance, or as anthropologists, scholars of communication, historians, and literary scholars? Is the global in global television the same as the global audience of the internet? What do media representations of specific cultural discourses of food, fashion, travel, community, or civic engagement tell us about the contingent nature of notions of global identity at work here? Through such questions, the collection will critically examine the very categories and imaginaries of global media, global culture, and global identity.

Submissions are welcome on all relevant topics related to the broad focus of the collection. Contributors are requested to submit a proposal of 500 words as well as a brief biographical note to Rohit Chopra at by September 10, 2008. We will be seeking a publisher for the collection shortly afterward. Full chapters would be due by early 2009.

Project /Volume Editors

Rohit Chopra, Assistant Professor of Communication, Santa Clara University, Email:

Radhika Gajjala, Associate Professor, Department of Interpersonal Communication, School of Communication Studies, Bowling Green State University, Email:

Rohit Chopra
Department of Communication
Santa Clara University

CFP Bremen

CALL FOR PAPERS "MEDIA CULTURE IN CHANGE" Date: April 29th to May 1st 2009Venue: University of Bremen, Germany 54th Annual Conference of the German Communication Association (DGPuK) Our present cultures cannot be understood beyond the media. If one understands cultures in the widest sense of the word as the whole conflicting way of living, knowing and acting of a major group of people, then they are communicatively mediated: Through communication we become socialized within cultures, and cultural practices are to a large degree expressed in communication. These processes of communication occur increasingly via technical media, beginning with newspapers and journals, through television, radio and film up to the so-called hybrid media of computers and mobile phones. In this sense we can understand our present cultures as media cultures. Taking this as a starting point the conference “Media Culture in Change” has a threefold objective: First aim is to discuss how to describe media cultures within media and communication studies theoretically and empirically. Secondly, the subject of the conference is to reflect how change can be described adequately and also how it can be operationalised. Third, the conference addresses the question of the significance of research on media cultures for the theoretical development of media and communication studies. Papers on the following topic fields are welcome:• Concepts of media culture• Empirical media culture research• Historical dimension of media cultural change• Present relevance of media cultural change• Media politics, public sphere and political discourse cultures• Integration, segregation and conflicts in media cultures• Cultures of journalism, production and organisation• Contents, formats and discourses of media cultures• Everyday life, appropriation and socialisation in media cultures Invited keynote speakers are:• Hans Adler, University of Wisconsin, Madison• Claus Leggewie, Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen• Robin Mansell, London School of Economics and Political Science• David Morley, Goldsmiths College University of London For further information on the conference and the full call for papers please visit the web page Abstracts must be submitted by 15th October 2008 via the online abstract management system, accessible via this web page after 1st September 2008. Responsible for local organisation: Andreas Hepp ( ).

mercredi 23 juillet 2008

seen in le monde; chinese blockbuster

Un blockbuster chinois fait fureur en Asie

Epopée guerrière de John Woo et film le plus cher du cinéma chinois (80 millions de dollars), Red Cliff est en passe de battre les records de recette en Chine et en Asie - avant de se lancer à la conquête du reste du monde. Sorti le 10 juillet en Chine, il a franchi en quatre jours la barre des 100 millions de yuans (9,2 millions d'euros) de recettes, un record. Le démarrage fut excellent en Corée, à Hongkong et à Taïwan. Longue de cent quarante minutes, cette première partie d'un diptyque est exclusivement destinée à l'Asie. Le public y est familier de l'histoire, située il y a mille huit cents ans, à la période chaotique des Trois Royaumes, et déclinée dans d'innombrables adaptations ; l'Occident aura droit, en principe, à un seul film, plus digeste, en 2009.

En Chine, le distributeur de Red Cliff, le groupe d'Etat China Film, qui a le monopole de la distribution des superproductions étrangères, lui a fait place nette : pas moins de 1 400 copies ont été tirées, un record. Qu'importe que le réalisateur, John Woo, soit originaire de Hongkong et qu'il ait effectué le plus clair de sa carrière récente à Hollywood : ce tour de force visuel - effets spéciaux concoctés par l'Américain Craig Hayes (Robocop et Matrix), des figurants par milliers, une bataille navale - marque son retour triomphant en Chine. Et puis ce film sur son passé flamboyant renvoie à la Chine une image de grandeur qui permet d'éviter les débats auxquels mènent les scénarios contemporains.

Huit ans après Tigre et dragon, d'Ang Lee, un autre Chinois (Taïwanais) exilé, et plus gros succès "chinois" dans le monde à ce jour, on mesure les efforts déployés : une trentaine de films à gros budget ont cherché à renouveler le succès du film historique. Financé en Asie, Red Cliff rassemble les producteurs les plus ambitieux de la région, comme le japonais Avex, le coréen Showbox, le taïwanais CMC Entertainment Group, et une pléthore d'investisseurs chinois regroupés autour de China Film Group.

Brice Pedroletti


lundi 21 juillet 2008


Rethinking Visual Narratives from Asia: Intercultural and Comparative Perspectives

The Department of Fine Arts at the University of Hong Kong will host an international conference on Rethinking Visual Narratives from 8-9 June 2009. The conference will bring together approximately fifteen scholars presenting new and original research to discuss how visual narratives function in different cultures and exploring connections and interactions between the arts of Asia and that of Asia and the West. The papers and discussion will consolidate academic understanding of visual narrative theories and augment them through analysis of their potential as a tool for exploring inter-cultural interactions and questioning cross-cultural assumptions. The focus will be on the visual with a cross-cultural dimension and dating to any time period within a broadly defined art historical discipline and material culture studies.

Possible panel topics include, but are not limited to – The place of narrative: architecture and the disposition of imagery Theories of narration
Word and image: illustration and interpretation
Printed texts and images: semiotic dialogue
The social embeddedness of narrative
The role of non-narrative or anti-narrative elements in imagery

Papers will be hosted on the conference website by the end of April 2009. It is expected that a conference proceedings will be published.

Abstracts due on 5 September 2008 by email to -

Dr. Alexandra Green
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Fine Arts, University of Hong Kong

Dr. Alexandra Green
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Fine Arts
Main Building Rm. 235
University of Hong Kong


dimanche 29 juin 2008


Journal of Media Practice Call for Papers Special Issue: A Decade of Media Practice: Changes, Challenges and Choices The Journal of Media Practice is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2009! To mark this anniversary, the Journal is looking for contributions from colleagues involved in media practice around the world, whether as teachers or practitioners. The current decade is witnessing vast changes in the production, consumption and forms of media. With digital technology, video art, documentary, film and other visual media are all going through interesting changes at the institutional, artistic and audience levels. Web 2.0 is blurring the lines between the production and consumption of media, and is opening up new spaces of expression in societies where state censorship hinders freedom of speech in traditional media. It is also instigating changes in web design. Satellite television is consolidating itself as the primary medium in places like the Middle East. Digital radio is opening up new possibilities for broadcasting. More synergies are being created between different media forms, whether between the internet and television, the internet and documentary, or any number of other possibilities. The Journal invites international contributions responding to the changes and challenges in the media practice landscape over the last decade, be it television, radio, video art, documentary, film, screenwriting, the internet, the press, or any other form of print, audio, visual or audiovisual media, and the choices that those changes and challenges have created for media practitioners, institutions and audiences. In addition to academic articles, the Journal encourages the submission of: - Interviews with key media personnel and artists - Reflections by media practitioners on their own practice (whether within institutions or as independent practitioners) - Reviews of exhibitions and other media events - Critical pieces about changes in technology, content and delivery of media products and tools, or the work of media institutions around the world Articles should be 5000 words, reviews 500-1000 words, and critical pieces and reflections between 1000-3000 words. The Editor is happy to discuss other possibilities with potential contributors prior to the deadline below. All submissions are subject to peer review. Please send all completed submissions to The deadline to receive all completed material (full articles, reviews etc.) is October 17, 2008. Informal queries, speculative abstracts and proposals can be sent to the Editor Lina Khatib: in advance of the October deadline. Dr Lina KhatibDepartment of Media ArtsRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UK Journal of Media PracticeCo-Editor: Middle East Journal of Culture & Communication_________________________________________________________________


Seventh Annual Cultural Studies Association (U.S.)Marriott (at the Plaza), Kansas CityApril 16-18, 2009 Expected plenary speakers include:Michael Bérubé, Pennsylvania State UniversityMarc Bousquet, Santa Clara UniversityOrit Halpern, New School for Social ResearchMichele Janette, Kansas State UniversityE. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern UniversityKarim Murji, Open University (U.K.)Cary Nelson, University of IllinoisAmit Rai, Florida State UniversitySangeeta Ray, University of MarylandMaria Josefina Saldaña-Porillo, New York UniversityJeff Williams, Carnegie Mellon University Also, the popular Journal Salon feature will continue. Journals expectedare:Cultural CritiqueCultural Studies/ Critical Methodologies Dialectical AnthropologyFlowGendersMediations Deadline for Proposals: September 15, 2008. This conference, which uses Open Conference Systems developed by the PublicKnowledge Project , enables participants to submitabstracts online at Thewebsite for submissions will open August 15, 2008. Call for Papers and Sessions The Cultural Studies Association (U.S.) invites participation in its SeventhAnnual Meeting from all areas and on all topics of relevance to CulturalStudies, including but not limited to literature, history, sociology,geography, anthropology, communications, popular culture, cultural theory,queer studies, critical race studies, feminist studies, postcolonialstudies, media and film studies, material culture studies, performance andvisual arts studies. All participants in the Sixth Annual meeting must pay registration fees byMarch 16, 2009, to be listed and participate in the program. See theregistration page of this website for details about fees. If you have any questions about procedures for submission or other concerns,please e-mail us at: We welcome proposals in the followingfour categories: 1. INDIVIDUAL PAPERS Proposals for individual papers are due September 15, 2008. Successful papers will reach several constituencies of the organization andwill connect analysis to social, political, economic, or ethical questions. They should be submitted online on the conference website. Successfulsubmission will be acknowledged. If you do not receive an acknowledgmentwithin 24 hours, please resubmit. The acknowledgment will say that yourproposal has been ''successfully submitted,'' which does NOT mean yourproposal has been accepted. All paper proposals require: a. The name, email address, department and institutional affiliation of theauthor, entered on the website.b. A 500-word abstract for the 20-minute paper entered on the website.c. Any needed audio-visual equipment must be noted following the abstract inthat space on the site. 2. PRE-CONSTITUTED PAPER SESSIONS, ROUNDTABLE SESSIONS, OR WORKSHOP SESSIONSProposals for pre-constituted sessions are due September 15, 2008. Roundtables are sessions in which panelists offer brief remarks, but thebulk of the session is devoted to discussion among the panelists andaudience members. Workshops are similarly devoted primarily to discussion,but they focus on practical problems in such areas as teaching, research, oractivism. No paper titles may be included for roundtables or workshops. Pre-constituted sessions should NOT be submitted on the website, but shouldbe sent to with the words ''Session Proposal'' in the subjectline. All proposals will be acknowledged, but please allow at least twobusiness days before inquiring. All session proposals require: a. The name, email address, phone number, and department and institutionalaffiliation of the proposer. b. The names, email addresses, and department and institutional affiliationsof each participant. c. A 500-word overview of the session, including identifying the type ofsession (panel, roundtable, workshop) proposed. For paper sessions, alsoinclude 500-word abstracts of each of the papers. Paper sessions should havethree or four papers. d. A request for any needed audio-visual equipment. All AV equipment must berequested with the proposal. 3. DIVISION SESSIONSDivision sessions are due September 15, 2008. A list of divisions is available at . Divisions may elect to post calls on thatsite for papers and procedures for submission to division sessions or handlethe creation of their two division sessions by other means. Division chairswill submit their two panels/workshops/roundtables directly to the programcommittee by September 15, 2008 (directions will be sent to the divisionchairs). Proposals for divisions should NOT be submitted on the website orto 4. SEMINAR PROPOSALSProposals for seminars are due September 15, 2008. Seminars are small-group (maximum 15 individuals) discussion sessions forwhich participants prepare in advance of the conference. In previous years,preparation has involved shared readings, pre-circulated ''position papers''by seminar leaders and/or participants, and other forms of pre-conferencecollaboration. We particularly invite proposals for seminars designed toadvance emerging lines of inquiry and research/teaching initiatives withinCultural Studies broadly construed. We also invite seminars designed togenerate future collaborations among conference attendees. Once a limitednumber of seminar topics and leaders are chosen, the seminars will beannounced through the CSA's various public e-mail lists. Participants willcontact the seminar leader(s) directly who will then inform the ProgramCommittee who will participate in the seminar. Seminars will be marked inthe conference programs as either closed to non-participants or open toother conference attendees as auditors (or in other roles). Examples ofsuccessful seminar proposals from previous years are linked in here (if youare reading this on the website). All seminar proposals require:a. A 500-word overview of the topic designed to attract participants andclear instructions about how the seminar will work, including details aboutwhat advanced preparation will be required of seminar participants.b. The name, email address, phone number, mailing address, and departmentaland institutional affiliation of the leader(s) proposing the seminar.c. A brief bio or one page CV of the leader(s) proposing the seminar.d. A request for any needed audio-visual equipment. All AV equipment must berequested with the proposal. Since seminars typically involve discussion ofpreviously circulated papers, such requests must be explained. Seminar proposals should be sent to: Bruce Burgett, Professor and Interim Director, Interdisciplinary Arts andSciencesUniversity of Washington and Colin Danby, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences,University of Washington Bothell Those interested in participating in (rather than leading) a seminar shouldconsult the list of seminars and the instructions for signing up for them,available at afterOctober 15, 2008. Deadline to sign up will be November 14, 2008. Deadlinefor seminar leaders to submit final lists of participants (minimum 8individuals, in addition to the seminar leader or leaders) will be November21, 2008.