THE VELVET LIGHT TRAP A CRITICAL JOURNAL OF FILM AND TELEVISION STUDIES CALL FOR PAPERS: IDEOLOGIES Recent areas of inquiry have problematized the practice of ideological textual analysis in film and television studies. Many scholars in cultural studies, feminist studies, reception studies, queer studies, ethnic, race, and post-colonial studies have argued that texts are polysemous; spectators are elusive, multiple, contradictory, and often unruly. Hegemonic meanings are not merely imposed upon a passive viewers. Rather, spectators are historical, material subjects with agency and desires who actively "make meaning" out of texts. In addition, industries and contexts are as equally important as the text "itself" when dealing with issues of "meaning." Moreover, related theoretical interventions by these scholars have shown that the classroom is an undeniably politicized space where ideologies are reproduced, circulated, and enacted. With these problems in mind, how do we address the question of continuing to do ideological textual analyses after the intervention of this scholarship? Is there a place in the academy for this type of scholarship? Does ideological textual analysis need to be transformed? How? What are the implications for this in terms of pedogogy? Possible topics for submission: ¤ Exemplary 'New ideological analyses' that attempt to solve parts of these problems ¤ Histories and theories of ideologies Ð Methodologies for bridging the theoretical gaps between text/context/industry and/or spectator/audience member and the implications these may have for ideological analysis. Ð Essays that discuss the ideological underpinnings of ideological interpretation; psychoanalysis; feminist theory; queer theory; ethnic, race, and post-colonial theory; poststructuralism/postmodernism; ethnography; and reception theory as they apply to media studies. ¤ Critical pedagogy, ideology, and the media studies classroom. Papers should be between 15 and 25 pages, double-spaced, in MLA style. All submissions are due January 15, 1998. All submissions will be refereed by the journal's Editorial Advisory Board. Send manuscripts to: The Velvet Light Trap Radio-Television-Film University of Texas at Austin CMA 6.118 Austin, TX 78712 Questions? Please contact Bryan Fruth <[log in to unmask]> or Frances Guilfoyle <[log in to unmask]>. ---- Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the University of Alabama.