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MEDIASCAPE, UCLA's open-access peer reviewed journal for film, television,
and digital media, is still accepting submissions for the features section
of its next issue.
*FEATURES - “Mediating Urban Spaces”*
The Features section of Mediascape seeks submissions that account for the
plurality of ways in which media centers and the films, television
programs, video games, digital media, and other forms of media are
understood, as well as how they create, represent, and structure certain
understandings of urban spaces, and how urban spaces account for the
presence of media centers.
We recognize that media does not flow in merely one direction. Indeed, as
much as we are interested in studies of how the media centers of Los
Angeles, New York -- or, more broadly, national and transnational media
centers -- project certain ideas about the urban spaces around them, we are
equally interested in work that analyzes how urban spaces absorb and
represent the media centers which encapsulate, or run parallel to, them
(such as how billboards, bus ads, and other forms use urban space to
process the presence of these industries).
Beyond narrative feature filmmaking and mainstream television, we are also
interested in approaching these far-reaching questions in a variety of
media forms such as documentary, independent and government-funded
productions, gaming, journalism and news discourse, and digital media.
Further, discussions of the relationship between urban centers and media
centers need not be restricted to contemporary media. We are equally
interested in historical explorations, such as visions of modernism in
early 20th century cinema, as well as how historical urban centers have
been reconstructed (such as Los Angeles in the films *Chinatown *and *L.A.
Features seeks submissions that account for the multiple, complex ways
that urban and media centers and spaces interrelate, how they visualize and
map each other, and how they make this space legible through their visual
Topics may include but are not limited to...
* Urban spaces in 3D or animation
* How media work to re-fashion urban spaces (*Inception* and L.A.)
* Urban spaces as part of genre discourse (*film noir*, superhero films)
* Urban centers and fractured narratives (*Nashville*, *Short Cuts*)
* Historical re-imaginings of urban spaces (*Gangs of New York*, *Chinatown*
* Urban centers as viewing centers (reception studies, self-reflexive
* Do singular identities of “urban spaces” like New York City exist in a
globalized media culture?
* Video games and explorations of urban spaces (*L.A. Noir*e*, Fallout*,
* Mapping of urban spaces in different mediums.
* Journalism in new urban war zones (Arab Spring, media discourse on Egypt,
* National cinemas and varying representations of urban centers
* Interactivity between media producers and urban planners (Politics of
location shooting, etc.)
* Distribution of urban, national, transnational markets
Feature submissions should offer new, unique perspectives on the mediation
of urban spaces, and are encouraged to traverse multiple modes of thinking.
Papers are accepted from both faculty and graduate students, and should be
15-25 pages in length, formatted with Chicago endnote citations, and
include a brief biography of the author. Please direct feature section
questions, proposals, and submissions to James Gilmore, Dennis Lo, Laura
Swanbeck, and Daniel Langford at
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*April 30, 2013.*
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