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[ecrea] CFP "Home Video & Media Texts" - Post Script Special Issue

Tue Aug 18 01:32:20 GMT 2015

*Call-for-abstracts /Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities/*

*Special Issue: Home Video & Media Texts*

*Editor: Richard Nowell*

Despite exerting an almost unprecedented influence on audiovisual
cultures across the globe, home video has inspired a relatively narrow
range of scholarly inquiry. On the one hand, media theorists and
historians have tended to consider how this multifaceted phenomenon
facilitated changes to the structure and organization of national film
industries, especially that of the United States. On the other, they
have examined the responses of stakeholders such as fans, moral
watchdogs, and state institutions, especially in the United Kingdom. By
contrast, apart perhaps from hardcore pornography, comparatively little
attention has been paid to the ways in which home video shaped the texts
the media industries crafted and disseminated; not only films but also
movie marketing campaigns, companies’ brand identities, and works of
professional criticism, to name but a few. As a consequence of these
tendencies, home video has come to occupy something of an exceptional
position in media historiography insofar as it has yet to provoke the
type of sustained, multi-directional analyses rightly devoted to other
technologies and means of delivery, such as television, widescreen,
multiplexing, DVD, and new media like the internet and mobile
telecommunications. By shifting attention from industrial structures and
the dynamics of various forms of critical reception toward home video’s
affect on texts produced by the culture industries, this issue of /Post
Script/ hopes to contribute to the larger task of deepening
understandings of the economic, aesthetic, and social impact of arguably
the most important change in content delivery and consumption of the
late twentieth century.

Accordingly, submissions of original essays are sought, which may cover,
but are by no means limited to, the relationships between home video and:

  * the types of film produced
  * the types of film imported into a specific country or region
  * the character of specific film genres
  * trans-generic content
  * the content of individual films and series
  * the content of international co-productions
  * multimedia collaborations and tie-ups
  * marketing campaigns and strategies
  * professional magazine and book publishing
  * corporate or institutional branding
  * public personae of media workers

Interviews with industry professionals relating to this topic are also

Those interested in being considered for inclusion in this issue of
/Post Script/ should submit an abstract of *200-300 words *along with an
academic bio of around 100 words, to (richard_nowell /at/ no later
than 30 September 2015. All acceptances will be issued within a couple
of days of this deadline (if not sooner). Please feel free also to
direct any general inquiries about this issue of /Post Script/ to the
aforementioned email address; a swift response is guaranteed.

Completed essays can be expected to be 7,500-8,000 words in length
(including references and bibliography), with final drafts expected late
summer 2016 (exact dates to be confirmed upon acceptance).

RICHARD NOWELLteaches American Cinema at the American Studies Department
of Charles University in Prague. He is the author of /Blood Money: A
History of the First Teen Slasher Film Cycle /(Continuum, 2011), the
editor of /Merchants of Menace: The Business of Horror Cinema/
(Bloomsbury, 2014), and has published essays in several volumes and
journals including /Cinema Journal/, the /Journal of Film and Video/,
the /New Review of Film and Television Studies, /and previous issues of
/Post Script/.

POST SCRIPT is a refereed journal, publishing three times a year for the
last thirty-four years, and is indexed by the Federation Internationale
des Archives du Film (FIAF); The International Index to Film
Periodicals; Film/Literature Index; MLA International Bibliography; An
Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities; Gale, EBSCO, and, the
International Index to the Performing Arts(Chadwyck-Healey).

POST SCRIPT does not publish any work that has previously appeared in
print with the possible exception of a translation of rare material not
generally accessible to scholars.

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