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>>CALL FOR PAPERS
>>         THE VELVET LIGHT TRAP
>>         A CRITICAL JOURNAL OF FILM & TELEVISION
>>         NUMBER 58, FALL 2006
>>
>>Narrative & Storytelling
>>Much has been written about the industrial implications of mass media
>>conglomeration, the rise of digital technologies, and media
>>convergence.  How can media studies begin to talk about changes in
>>narrative conventions of Hollywood cinema and established television
>>genres in relationship to shifting industrial practices, social mores
>>and political climates?  As narratives become more intertextual,
>>hypertextual, and transmediated, how can we master them sufficiently
>>to study them academically?  Have new technologies helped media
>>producers to rewrite old rules, creating more challenging and distinct
>>media spectacles?  How can contemporary narrative conventions and
>>storytelling techniques be theorized as imitations and innovations of
>>old standards?  How do storytelling techniques emerge in relation to
>>viewer experiences and industrial imperatives?
>>         The Velvet Light Trap invites papers that explore social, 
>> industrial,
>>textual, and audience-centered questions about narrative and
>>storytelling techniques in the media from both historical and
>>contemporary perspectives.
>>
>>Possible topics may include (but are not limited to):
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>>       Classical/post-classical debates about film form
>>       Narrative strategies in relation to industrial imperatives
>>       Narrative comprehension and the serial form
>>       Non-fiction narratives
>>       Evolutionary psychology and human predisposition to narrative
>>       Processes of narrative comprehension in the spectator
>>       Role of the audience in the construction of narrative
>>       Forms that challenge the boundaries of narration
>>       Canon, revisionism, and re-imaginings
>>       New forms/innovations in narrative style
>>       World-building, spatiality, and temporality in the narrative universe
>>       Evolution of narrative forms within television genres
>>       Analyses of texts that challenge dominant conventions of storytelling
>>       Storytelling in a transitional media era
>>       Storytelling as a cultural practice
>>       Secondary/ancillary texts and their impact in understanding narrative
>>       Narrative structures
>>       Series, sequels, and spin-offs
>>       Transmedia storytelling
>>       Cultural convergence
>>       Video game narratives
>>       National cinemas and storytelling practices
>>       Genre experiments
>>       Avant-garde film narratives
>>
>>Papers should be between 6,000 and 7,500 words (approximately 20-25
>>pages double-spaced), in MLA style with a cover page including the
>>writer's name and contact information.  Please send four copies of the
>>paper (including a one-page abstract with each copy) in a format
>>suitable to be sent to a reader anonymously.  All submissions will be
>>refereed by the journal's Editorial Advisory Board.  For more
>>information or questions, contact Ben Aslinger ([log in to unmask]),
>>Derek Johnson ([log in to unmask]), Caryn Murphy
>>([log in to unmask]), or Brad Schauer ([log in to unmask]).
>>Submissions are due September 1, 2005, and should be sent to:
>>The Velvet Light Trap
>>University of Wisconsin  Madison
>>Department of Communication Arts
>>821 University Avenue
>>Madison, WI USA 53706-1497
>>The Velvet Light Trap is an academic, peer-reviewed journal of film
>>and television studies.  Issues are coordinated alternately by
>>graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the
>>University of Texas-Austin.  The Editorial Board includes such notable
>>scholars as Charles Acland, Peter Bloom, David 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.
>>
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>Michele Hilmes
>Professor of Media and Cultural Studies
>Director, Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
>Department of Communication Arts
>University of Wisconsin-Madison
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>6040 Vilas Hall
>821 University Ave.
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Michele Hilmes
Professor of Media and Cultural Studies
Director, Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
Department of Communication Arts
University of Wisconsin-Madison

6040 Vilas Hall
821 University Ave.
Madison, WI  53706

608-262-2543
608-262-2547
608-262-9953 fax 

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