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Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
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>Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2000 14:47:56 -0400
>From: Avi Santo <[log in to unmask]>
>The Velvet Light Trap, a refereed critical journal of film and
>television studies, is currently seeking submissions for its Spring 2002
>issue. Please post on bullentin boards and/or forward  the following
>attachment of our call to your departmental listservs.
>Our apologies if this is not the proper e-mail address for such things.
>In such cases, kindly forward this e-mail to the appropriate address.
>Thanking you in advance,
>Avi Santo
>Coordinating Editor

The Velvet Light Trap
A Critical Journal of Film and Television Studies
Call For Papers: Beauty Marks: Representations of Beauty and the Body in
Film and Television
Ever-present but difficult at times to discern, discourses of beauty and
the body continually circulate in popular film and television and related
extra-textual materials. These discourses express popular thought: how we
view beauty, the various qualities that we associate with it, and, in
particular, how we see ourselves and others. Embedded in and influencing
these discourses are the dynamics of social and power relations with
respect to gender, ethnicity, race, class, and sexuality on local,
national, and international levels. With these complex dynamics in mind,
what is to be made of images of female and male "beauty" and the body in
film and television, as well as the dynamics of power involved in their
production? Do such images have an impact on our everyday lives?

The Velvet Light Trap is interested in receiving papers that explore and
interrogate these discourses, images, texts, and questions from both
contemporary and historical vantage points. Papers are encouraged to engage
topics related to beauty and/or the body from a variety of scholarly and
theoretical perspectives, including but not limited to historical, textual,
industrial, and reception studies.

Paper topics may include, but are not limited to:
Media celebrity as it relates to beauty and/or the body
Televised sports and body image and/or beauty
Televised national and international beauty pageants
Children's media and representations of the body and/or beauty
Competing portrayals of beauty and the body with respect to the export of
U.S. film and television
Images of beauty and/or the body with respect to gender and/or sexual
Film or television genres and stock images of the body
Racial and/or beauty politics in the casting of film and television
Beauty images, class and consumerism in film and television
Independent and self-made media and alternative images of beauty and the body
The influence of the fashion industry on popular film and television
Film pornography and depictions of beauty and the body
Blackface, yellowface, and other ethnic mimicry in film and television
Body adornment and "defacement" (tattoos, bendis, etc.) in film and television

The Velvet Light Trap is an academic, refereed journal of film and
television studies published semi-annually by University of Texas Press.
Issues are coordinated alternately by graduate students at the University
of Texas at Austin and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After a
prescreening, articles are anonymously refereed by specialist readers of
the journal's Editorial Advisory Board, which includes such notable
scholars as Donald Crafton, Michael Curtin, Alexander Doty, Cynthia Fuchs,
Herman Gray, Heather Hendershot, Barbara Klinger, Walter Metz, Charles
Musser, Chon Noriega, Lynn Spigel, and Chris Straayer.
To be considered for publication, papers should be between 15 and 25 pages,
double-spaced, in MLA style, with the author's name and contact information
included only on the cover page. Queries regarding potential submissions
also are welcome. Authors are responsible for acquiring related visual
images and the associated copyrights. For more information or to submit a
query, please contact co-coordinating editor Mary Beltrán
([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>,
512-471-4071). All submissions are due January 15, 2001.

Please address submissions to:
The Velvet Light Trap
c/o The Department of Radio-Television-Film
University of Texas at Austin
CMA 6.118, Mail Code A0800
Austin, TX 78712

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