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[Commlist] Synoptique Vol 8, No 1 - Becoming Environmental - published

Tue Mar 19 16:25:00 GMT 2019

We are excited to announce that Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studieshas just released its new issue, 8.1, “Becoming Environmental: Media, Logistics, and Ecological Change”, guest-edited edited by Patrick Brodie (Concordia University), Lisa Han (UC Santa Barbara), and Weixian Pan (Concordia University).

This special issue tackles the most recent debates on the increasing entanglements of global economies of extraction and the circulation of media. Contributions to this issue expand the understanding of media, taking into account how they become constitutive to the environment and subject formation within it.

Moreover, this issue includes a separate large festival review section, with pieces on events from Montreal and beyond.

Please take a look at the table of contents below and review the selection of articles on our site: <>. We invite you to share any pieces that strike you with your peers.

We also invite you to look at our new Call for Papers on “Animating LGBTQ+ Representations: Queering the Production of Movement”:


SYNOPTIQUE Vol. 8, No. 1. Becoming Environmental: Media, Logistics, and Ecological Change


Patrick Brodie, Lisa Han, and Weixian Pan

Peter Lešnik – Michelangelo Antonioni’s Images of the Planet in the Anthropocene

Ila Tyagi – Spatial Survey: Mapping Alaskan Oilfield Infrastructures Using Drones

Sydney Hart – Senses of Place at the Border: Visual Cultures of Mobility at Canadian Airports

Ilia Antenucci – The Making of Urban Computing Environments: Borders, Security, and Governance

Solveig Suess – Distributed Resistance, Streamlined Silk

Coastal Media Dossier (edited by Alix Johnson)

Alix Johnson – Introduction to Coastal Media

Liz Miller – The Shoreline

Shirley Roburn – Coastal Communications

Zahirah Suhaimi – Kelong: Politics for Life in the Johor Straights

WhiteFeather Hunter – blóm + blóð


Liz Miller, with Kim Grinfeder, Evan Karge, and Grant Bemis – SwampScares: A Creative Practice of Commoning in Florida’s Swamps

Deborah Cowen and Kay Dickinson, interviewed by Patrick Brodie – A Conversation on Media and Logistics

Book Reviews: Becoming Environmental

Léa Le Cudennec – Richard Grusin (ed.) After Extinction

Tyler Morgenstern – Michael Osman. Modernism’s Visible Hand: Architecture and Regulation in America

Miguel Penabella – Derek P. McCormack. Atmospheric Things: On the Allure of Elemental Envelopment

Miles Taylor – Sara Ann Wylie. Fractivism: Corporate Bodies and Chemical Bonds

Festival Reviews

Ylenia Olibet – FNC 2018: Festival Gender Politics after #metoo

Matthias Mushinski – Vision Festival at Tufts: Free Jazz/Social Justice

Lola Rémy – ‘Yours in Sisterhood’: Rethinking the Feminist Archive at RIDM 2018

Marco Meneghin – Poetics of Change: Soda Kazuhiro’s Retrospective at RIDM 2018

Cole Armitage, Victoria Berndt, and Alexandre G. Vermeil – Les Sommets du cinéma d’animation 2018: A Network of Animated Bodies

Jordan Gowanlock – Hump! 2018

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