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Athena Tan <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 15 Sep 2010 01:24:19 -0700
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Call for Submissions:


Submission Deadline: October 15, 2010.

This issue of Media Fields Journal brings together interdisciplinary
approaches to media, labor, and mobility. We invite manuscripts, art
projects, and interviews that foreground the dynamic between the
global circulation of media texts and the global dispersion of media
production (the "new international division of cultural labor"). In
popular and scholarly discourse on media, information technology, and
globalization, mobility is often celebrated as a positive, enabling
force without sufficient regard for material concerns and human
subjects. Yet the idea that information and images move ever more
freely across borders elides the fact that workers' movements and
lives are increasingly regulated at multiple nodes, as illustrated by
the recent, widely publicized case of suicides committed by workers at
Chinese factories manufacturing goods for Apple, Dell, Sony, and other
transnational electronics corporations. Scholars in fields such as
cinema and media studies, anthropology, sociology, and communication
have addressed this elision by foregrounding the material realities of
mediated mobilities through work on offshore digital labor,
geographical centers of digital activity and production ("the global
city," "media capital"), the global export of electronic waste, and
material infrastructures of media piracy.

In this issue, we aim to address questions of global worker mobility
and immobility in relation to audiovisual media practices. For
example, in what ways can media texts or discursive strategies mask or
reveal transnational processes and sites of labor? How can the spaces
and speeds of film, video, and other audiovisual media illuminate
varieties of spatial and temporal disjuncture such as those
experienced by "digital nomads" or formed in diasporic media cultures?
How might digital labor facilitate the movement of media products and
information, but not necessarily of laboring bodies? How do new
regimes of creative production simultaneously expand and constrict
workers' lived experiences?

We seek essays of 1500-2500 words, digital art projects, and audio or
video interviews exploring possible relations between media, labor,
and mobility. We encourage approaches to this topic from scholars in
cinema and media studies, anthropology, art and art history,
communication, geography, sociology, and other fields.

Potential topics for articles, art projects, or interviews include:

- The spatial dispersion/outsourcing of different tasks associated
with media production
- Labor and mobile media technologies (cellular phones, MP3 players,
GPS devices, etc.)
- Traces of, or reflexivity about, production in media texts and technologies
- Migrant workers and media
- Labor, media, and modes of travel and transportation
- Labor, media, and bodily (im)mobility
- Virtual labor and mobility in digital media spaces and industries
(video games, online social networks, etc.)
- Reconfigurations of labor under new information and communication
technology (ICT) regimes
- Global media production, distribution, and sovereignty
- Labor, media, and virtual, imagined, and aspirational mobilities
- Representations and aesthetics of labor and mobility in audiovisual media
- Mobility and fandom/fan labor
- Media piracy and questions of labor and mobility
- Mobility and the use of media technologies in labor struggles
- Creative labor, culture, and cosmopolitics

Feel free to contact issue co-editors, Hye Jean Chung and Athena Tan,
with proposals and inquiries. Email submissions to
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For more information and submission guidelines, please visit

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2010.

Athena Tan
Department of Film and Media Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
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Athena Tan
Department of Film and Media Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
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