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Lucas Hilderbrand <[log in to unmask]>
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Call for Papers: 
Spectator special issue on 
Media Access: Practices, Policies, and Historiographies
Volume 27, Number 1 (Spring 2007)

“Access” has been one of the primary discourses of electronic media, from broadcasting to 
videotape to the 
Internet. Typically, attention to access has focused on production, operating from the 
premise that providing 
production resources such as cameras, editing equipment, and airtime or bandwidth will 
democratize the 
media. But access is not only a matter of the means of production; it is also a question of the 
means of 
reception. This special journal issue focuses on this second conception of access: how we 
access, use, 
historicize, and preserve electronic media. 
Video technologies have radically expanded our access to films, television programming, art, 
documentation. Yet, for general audiences as well as scholars, access to our media history—
both textual and 
technological—is often challenged by the loss of original recordings, technological 
obsolescence, lack of video 
releases, copyright restrictions, and archival policies. At times, fans, citizens, archivists, and 
scholars have 
intervened to developed methods to store, collect, circulate, and teach media works that 
would otherwise be 
ephemeral. This special issue seeks to examine such strategies for media access and 
historiography, both 
institutional and amateur, analog and digital, political and personal. These efforts have 
become essential for 
cinema and media scholars to study saved texts, yet such practices have not been sufficiently 
reflected upon 
within the discipline. How have these pro-access practices enabled media historiography, 
influenced the 
content industry, and directed policy? And how should they?

Deadline for Submissions: November 20, 2006

Spectator is a biannual publication and submissions that address the above topics in the 
following areas are 
now invited for submission:
•	How has home video changed the ways audiences access and understand film and 
television history?
•	How have VHS and DVD changed film and media pedagogy and historiography?
• How have media regulation and policy responded to the demands of audiences and 
scholars? How can we 
learn from such examples to lobby current or future policies?
•	What are the impacts of audiences on access—and of access on audiences? 
•	How have person-to-person exchange methods, such as eBay, downloading networks, 
and YouTube, 
created new means of media access? And how do we document and research such practices?
•	What media projects are being archived and/or preserved? What is at risk of being lost? 
What role should 
scholars play in archival and preservation advocacy? 
•	What are the connections between fair use and access? How far can we argue fair use 
defenses for 
scholarly reproduction? 
•	How do territorial distribution practices and rights policies complicate transnational 
media distribution 
and research?
• What is happening in terms of preserving local media production—and what needs to be 
• How might we conceive of the aesthetics of access?
•	What are the impending problems and solutions for archiving and researching digital 
media works? How 
will we be able to access today’s digital media ten, twenty, or thirty years from now?

Queries about submissions should be emailed to the issue editor Lucas Hilderbrand at 
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Manuscripts to be considered for publication should be sent to:

University of Southern California
School of Cinema-Television
Critical Studies
Lucas Building, Room 405
Los Angeles, CA  90089-2211
Attn: Lucas Hilderbrand

One copy of manuscript should be submitted as well as a copy on disk.
Submissions can also be e-mailed directly. Manuscripts should include the title of the 
contribution and the 
name (s) of authors. As well as the postal address, e-mail address, and phone numbers for 
author who will 
work with the editor on any revisions. All pages should be numbered consecutively. 
Contributions should not 
be more than 5,000 words. They should also include a brief abstract for publicity. Authors 
should also include a 
brief biographic entry. Rejected manuscripts will not be returned.

Articles submitted to the Spectator should not be under consideration by any other journal.

Book Reviews may vary in length from 300 to 1,000 words. Please include title of book, retail 
price and ISBN at 
the beginning of the review.

Forum or Additional Section contributions can include works on new archival or research 
facilities or methods 
as well as other relevant works related to the field.

Electronic Submissions and Formatting. Authors should send copies of their work via e-mail 
as electronic 
attachments. Please keep backup files of all disks. Files should be Microsoft Word in PC or 
Mac format, 
depending on the editor's preference. Endnotes should conform to the Chicago Manual of 

Upon acceptance, a format guideline will be forwarded to all contributors as to image and 
text requirements.

Current Board for Spectator

Founding Editor
Marsha Kinder
Managing Editor
William Whittington
Issue Editor
Lucas Hilderbrand

Subscription Information
Individual issues cost $10.00. Institutional rate for US and Canada is $30.00 USD. All others 
$40.00 USD. Please 
contact the subscription editor for bulk discounts. To order a subscription, please send 
$15.00* for the current 
volume year to:

University of Southern California
School of Cinema-Television
Critical Studies
Lucas Building, Room 405
Los Angeles, CA  90089-2211
Attn: Spectator Subscription
Tel:    (213) 740-3334
Fax:    (213) 740-9471

*If you subscribe now, you will receive one back issue free (based on availability).  For 
additional back issues, 
contact subscription manager and include $12.00 per issue.

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