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Janet Staiger <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 4 Oct 2005 10:10:44 -0500
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Apologies for re-sending, but I have heard that this call for papers has 
been filtered out for some individuals (hence the editing).  Thanks, Janet 
Staiger.  Queries should go to VLT editor, Leslie Delassus 
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Call for Papers: P**n*gr*phy (hereafter P)

P has always been a ubiquitous, yet peripheral, part of the motion picture 
industry. Various events throughout the latter half of the 20th century 
have given p films a more visible presence in the public sphere. But as p 
becomes increasingly widespread and accessible, media scholars have largely 
resisted it as an object of inquiry. Despite annual revenues currently 
surpassing those of Hollywood and much of the sports industry, p still 
remains "obscene" in the sense that film theorist Linda Williams recently 
used the term -- "off-stage" or "out of public view." Over the last fifteen 
years, scholars have inched p closer and closer to center stage. Issue #59 
of The Velvet Light Trap will continue in that tradition. The editors seek 
essays that build on the momentum of recent scholarly work and address p in 
its varied forms.

Possible topics for this issue include but are not limited to:
    * Connotations of the words "p-grapy" or "p**n"
    * Genres
    * Sexually Explicit Art Cinema -- (e.g. Patrice Chereau, Catherine 
Breillat, Andrew Repasky McElhinney, Baise-Moi, Porn Theatre)
    * P from non-Western countries
    * Teaching p
    * Amateur p
    * Production companies
    * The avant-garde as p / p as avant-garde
    * Questions of "the real" and evidence
    * Feminist interventions
    * P stars as celebrities / celebrities as p stars
    * Documentaries about p- (e.g. Shooting P, Sex: The Annabel Chong 
Story, Inside Deep Throat, P Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy, Kamikaze 
Hearts, Wadd: The Life and Times of John C. Holmes)
    * Films about p - (e.g. The Fluffer, Demonlover, Orgazmo, Wonderland, 
Boogie Nights, 8MM, Inserts)
    * Softcore vs. hardcore
    * Changing definitions of p
    * Exhibition/distribution
    * Delivery systems
    * Queering p
    * Internet p
    * Canon formation
    * Narrative strategies
    * Technology
    * Theories of the visible and audible
    * Intersections with race and class
    * Censorship
    * Rating systems
    * P Auteurs
    * P Classics
    * Careers in p

To be considered for publication, papers should be between 4,500 and 7,500 
words, 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 Leslie Delassus ([log in to unmask]). All submissions are 
due January 15, 2006.

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-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 Charles Acland, David William Foster, Sean Griffin, Bambi 
Haggins, Heather Hendershot, Charlie Keil, Michele Malach, Dan Marcus, Nina 
Martin, Tara McPherson, Walter Metz, Jason Mittell, James Morrison, Steve 
Neale, Karla Oeler, Lisa Parks, and Malcolm Turvey.

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