Monday, May 15, 2017

Call for Papers - The Velvet Light Trap Issue #82

Media Dialogues

Submission deadline: August 1, 2017

In The Dialogic Imagination, Mikhail Bakhtin posits that media are dialogic—that is, constantly in conversation with one another, relating to each other and altering each other. In contrast to dialectic paradigms, the dialogic doesn’t seek a closed resolution, but rather encourages communication as an ongoing process. For the 82nd issue of The Velvet Light Trap, the editorial board seeks submissions focusing on media dialogues—studies of how entities in media industries and cultures interact, how they are positioned, how they communicate, what they learn from each other, and what new issues their dialogues may introduce to the wider environment. Often it is the case that a study will hone in on a singular figure, concept, technology or industry. While this approach is certainly valuable in the focus and detail it can yield, it may overlook or overshadow the connections, histories, and circumstances which influenced that singular case. An excessive focus on individual actors, singular narratives, and institutional boundaries (whether these are industrial, national, or vernacular) may obfuscate the myriad continuities, hybridities and networks of collaborative meaning-making that shape media cultures. In short, we seek papers exploring and investigating processes rather than results. We invite submissions that primarily consider the links between media entities—conversations that are just as essential to the work as the individual players are. We may find this dialogues on a large or minute scale across a wide array of media fields. As such, we conceive of the dialogic within film and media studies broadly, and invite submissions from a range of potential approaches, topics, and areas of emphasis. Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:

Textual dialogues: historically significant dialogue exchanges within a text; between characters in a narrative; aesthetics of the voice; between sound and image; interactive structures within the text; between text and audience; etc.

Production dialogues: between and amongst above- and below-the-line workers; between producers and directors; between producers and studios; between performers and producers; between technologies and practitioners; etc.

Industrial dialogues: between exhibitors and distributors; between different media industries, as in global or cross-media productions or adaptations; state-of-the-industry analyses, and analyses of state-of-the-industry conversations; between production cultures and economic contexts; etc.

Intellectual dialogues: correspondence (real or imagined) between theorists; interventions or explorations in the space between disparate literatures; intellectual histories of terminology; debates in media historiographies; etc.

Public dialogues: between media makers and audiences; between different publics about media objects, technologies, industries, business models, or ethics; reconsiderations of public media systems and infrastructures; between social networking site owners and users; etc.

Dialogues at intersections of identity: conversations at the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, regionalism and nationalities; etc.

Submissions should be 6,000–7,500 words (approximately 20–25 pages double-spaced), formatted in Chicago style. Please submit an electronic copy of the paper, along with a one-page abstract, both saved as a Microsoft Word file. Remove any identifying information so that the submission is suitable for anonymous review. The journal’s Editorial Board will referee all submissions. Send electronic manuscripts and/or any questions to All submissions are due August 1, 2017.

About the Journal

The Velvet Light Trap is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal of film, television, and new media studies. Graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Texas-Austin coordinate issues in alternation. Our Editorial Advisory Board includes such notable scholars as Charles Acland, Richard Allen, Ben Aslinger, Caetlin Benson-Allott, Mark Betz, Corey Creekmur, Michael Curtin, Kay Dickinson, Bambi Haggins, Scott Higgins, Mary Celeste Kearney, Jon Kraszewski, Lucas Hilderbrand Roberta Pearson, Nicholas Sammond, Jacob Smith, Jonathan Sterne, Cristina Venegas. VLT's graduate student editors are assisted by their local faculty advisors: Mary Beltrán, Ben Brewster, Jonathan Gray, Michele Hilmes, Lea Jacobs, Derek Johnson, Vance Kepley, Shanti Kumar, Charles Ramírez Berg, Thomas Schatz, and Janet Staiger.

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