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September 2010, Week 1


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Darcey West <[log in to unmask]>
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Here is a list of current calls for In Media Res. Proposals need only be a sentence or two and should be sent to [log in to unmask] More information can be found on the In Media Res website at

Banned Books Week  Sept. 27  Oct. 1
This week is the American Library Association's Banned Books Week--a national event highlighting threats to our intellectual freedom. We seek submissions on a range of topics relating to banned books, including intellectual freedom, reading, and censorship. ALA's List of Frequently Challenged Books can be found here -

Animals in the Media  Oct. 4-8
To coincide with the release of Secretariat on October 8, consider the state of animals in media.  Potential topics might include: wildlife documentaries (for example, the August series Blood Dolphins), oil spill photography, advertising campaigns, fiction filmmaking (Secretariat and Legend of the Guardians), and computer gaming avatars (Epic Mickey).  Historical examples are also encouraged.

Branding Week  Oct. 25-29
Branding and promotion are becoming increasingly important in the media industry, not only in promoting programming but also in creating a cohesive network/conglomerate brand. Topics can include: rebranding initiatives such as SyFy or TruTV, cross-promotion across sister networks, the burgeoning New Line Cinema studio brand of genre films or establishing a successful niche brand such as Nickelodeon or MTV.

Regional Elections  Nov. 1-5
To mark the general election in the U.S. on November 2, In Media Res seeks curators with an interest in politics. While we welcome contributors with a take on the national political scene, this invitation particularly reaches out to curators wanting to address regional and local issues for your part of the country.  Curators wanting to discuss international elections are also welcome.  Possible topics include political advertising, nonprofit or minority voter-awareness campaigns, polling, journalism, cable news, cable fake news, the Tea or Coffee Parties, among many others.

Sports & Media: Football/Futbol  Nov. 8-12
Address the current state of college, pro, or international football and media.  Topics could include the role of student athletes, the relationship between football and soccer, the World Cup, the recent academic conference reorganizations, etc.

Harry Potter Franchise  Nov. 15-19
To coincide with the release of the penultimate Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part I (11/19/2010), address the relationship between visual media and the Harry Potter franchise.  Examples of topics might include (but are in no way limited to): adaptation, global circulation and/or reception, film style, authorship, the Harry Potter theme park, marketing and advertisement, branding, the end of the franchise, paratextuality, etc.

Spectatorship & Film  Dec. 13-17
The film industry has continued to evolve and change ever since its introduction, with certain fads reappearing at various points as technology continues to develop (and as ticket sales slump) with each passing year. With the rise of On Demand and the release of DVDs shortly after a film's release, cinemas have had to find ways of drawing in crowds. Scheduled to coincide with the holiday releases, this week will discuss film spectatorship of the past, the present, and postulate how it might be in the future.

Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite