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[Commlist] CFP: Special Issue of Revenant Journal - Death and the Screen
Tue Jun 30 21:47:49 GMT 2020
*Death and the Screen*
Call for Papers for Special Issue
Guest Editors Dr Bethan Michael-Fox (@bethmichaelfox) and Dr Renske
is now accepting abstracts for critical articles, creative writing
pieces, and book, film, music, or event reviews for a themed issue on
Death and the Screen, examining how screens, in the broad sense of the
word, have shaped and continue to shape the way we witness, experience
and reflect on death and dying.
Numerous and complex relationships between death and the screen have
already been charted. The dead come back in film, on television and
online. Screens let us not only see the dead but hear them too. As
Penfold-Mounce has emphasised, in a technology saturated world of mass
media, ‘the dead no longer remain silent as the grave’ (2018, p.36).
Whilst relationships between screens and digital media more broadly have
gained attention, so have the dynamics of death and individual screen
media.While some argue that television is one way in which death is
brought into the home, others have examined the ways in which the
representation of dying on television might be problematic or harmful to
In terms of ‘real’ death, it is possible to witness death, dying and
trauma on mobile phones, tablets and laptops simply by scrolling through
social media. Autoplay and ‘live’ features in apps have been critiqued
for the ways they expose people to these images without warning. When
George Floyd’s death at the hands of US police officers was recorded
some people sought this video out, while others have shared their
experiences of deciding not to watch it.
Many people don’t shy away from death and the gory on screen. To what
extent is this a form of escapism and to what extent is it an extension
of their everyday life? And how can you ‘escape’ death on the screen
when death and dying is at the center of the daily news and a theme in
almost any film, television show and now also in advertisements? How do
screen deaths relate to ‘real’ deaths in people’s lives and can such a
distinction even be made?
As screen media become more ubiquitous, these complex and multifaceted
relationships continue to warrant further critical attention. In keeping
with/Revenant/’s positioning as an inter-disciplinary journal
encouraging discussion about the supernatural, uncanny or the weird, we
welcome proposals for submissions that engage with these ideas.
However,/Revenant/also emphasises that the ‘natural’ is part of the
super-natural and as such academic and/or creative engagement with
‘natural’ death and/on the screen, or which complicates the notion of a
‘natural’ death, is also welcome.
We believe a range of different methodological and theoretical
approaches will enrich this special issue and as such urge you not to
feel limited. We encourage proposals for academic articles or creative
responses, which might be poetry, fiction, fanfiction, art, comics,
audio or film that might stand alone or be accompanied by critical
reflections, as well as autoethnographic and/or personal responses.
Submissions that blur the boundaries of these categories are also welcomed.
*Topics or areas of focus might include: *
Making sense of death and dying through the screen
Haunting and/in screen cultures
Weird screen deaths
The ethics of screen deaths
Death and the supernatural on screen
Documentary engagement with death and dying
Adaptation of death (from literature or elsewhere) to the screen
Death and the uncanny in screen cultures
Death, social media and any of/Revenant’/s themes: the uncanny, the
supernatural, the weird or haunting
Personal and/or creative responses to death and the/on the screen
Crises (climate, pandemic, other crises), death and screens
Non-human death and/on the screen
Death in screen gaming
Please submit extended abstracts of 500 words by 5 October 2020 with a
short bio either via the Google Form
Or to:(deathandthescreen /at/ gmail.com) <mailto:(deathandthescreen /at/ gmail.com)>
For creative or innovative submissions please also feel welcome to get
in touch via email (ondeathandthescreen /at/ gmail.com)
<mailto:(deathandthescreen /at/ gmail.com)>to discuss your ideas or propose
your work in a different way.
Reviews of books, films, games, events, and art related to the death and
the screen will be considered (800-1,000 words in length).
If your abstract is accepted, the full submission will be due in April
2021 with a view to publish in late Winter 2021.
Inquiries are welcome and should be directed
(todeathandthescreen /at/ gmail.com) <mailto:(deathandthescreen /at/ gmail.com)>
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