Connections, Proximities, Mediations

Call for Submissions for the cinemedia journal:

cinemedia is the online, student-run journal of the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University.  We seek innovative critical essays, films and other media (including new media, videographic essays, interactive and generative essays, and other works that challenge media boundaries), focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on student work.

Topic: Connections, Proximities, Mediations

Submission Deadline:  April 23, 2021

For Submission Details, see: https://cinemedia.media/submitguide/

Send Submissions (or Queries) to:  cinemedia@sfsu.edu

The pandemic has highlighted issues of proximity and distancing, connection and disconnection. From classes to political demonstrations, anniversaries to viewing parties, connections are now increasingly mediated.  Yet, connection, proximity, and mediation have long been central to thinking about media, technology, social and political relations, and notions of identity.

This call for submissions seeks work that explores how figurations of connection and diffusion, proximity and remoteness, are deployed in contemporary media, and how those figurations might be rethought in more complex, less binary terms. To what extent should these media networks and connections be seen as spatial, and where are those spaces located? If media connectivity can be mapped, how might those connections be rerouted, détourned, jammed, or regenerated?  Is connectivity better figured in terms of relationality, intersectionality or “the local”?  Or should media be seen more as a matter of “dispersion” or “drift” than connection?

On the other hand, media and connectivity need not be seen only in spatial terms. Media have often been linked to temporality and memory, and thus are arguably never fully present, but spectral and out of joint.  How should we imagine the proxemics of mediatic specters, the tangled but evocative networks of memory, as well as our connections to the ghostly, repressed bodies of history that inevitably haunt the present?  What forms are most appropriate to present the return of these historically oppressed/repressed peoples, cultures and memories?

In what instances should connectivity or sharing be considered oppressive? Does connectivity demand a corresponding “right to opacity,” to escape classification, to remain masked?

cinemedia invites essays, films, video and interactive essays, or other media forms that examine, critique, or simply explore the questions above or any other issues related to the concepts of Connections, Proximities, and Mediations.

Topics may include:

  • The Politics of [Over-]Sharing
  • Coded bias, Race, Identity
  • Social media and Misinformation
  • Facial Recognition, Data Mining, Panoptics, Surveillance
  • Memory, Digital Cinema, Nostalgia
  • Space, Distance and Connection in Media
  • Biopolitics in the Digital Age
  • Hauntology and Media
  • Online Personas and Representations
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