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SECOND REMINDER FOR PAPERS:
 
_The Velvet Light Trap_: A Critical Journal of Film and Television. #44,
Fall 1999
 
Beyond the Image:
Race & Ethnicity in the Media
 
Traditionally, the study of film and television has approached the issue of
race & ethnicity by examining the image on the screen, cataloguing
characterizations and comparing them to real social conditions.  While this
approach has yielded many fruitful analyses concerning racial & ethnic
representations, recent interdisciplinary developments have offered new
theoretical, historical, and critical paradigms that have opened up fresh
possibilities for conceiving race and ethnicity in relation to the media.
Concurrently, the topic of race & ethnicity has taken on greater importance
in scholarly debates of all disciplines, moving from the margins to a more
central position within academia. In light of these disciplinary shifts,
_The Velvet Light Trap_ invites papers offering new insights on race &
ethnicity within film and television studies.
 
Possible topics for this issue may include but are not limited to:
 
Mainstream Industrial Practices
* Targeting Racialized Audiences
* Ghettoization of Ethnic "Others"
* Co-optation of Marginal Identities
* Integration of Industry Personnel
* Production Financing
* Advertising Strategies
* Crossover Appeals
 
Politics of Representation
* Social Construction of Race & Ethnicity
* Intersections with Multiple Axes of Differentiation
* Immigration & Ethnic Coding
* Hybrid Identities
* Whiteness & the Media
* Racial & Ethnic Borders
* Diasporic Cultures
* Displacing Race & Ethnicity
* Intraracial Issues
 
Audiences & Reception
* Racial Variations of Reception Practices
* Questions of Taste
* Transnational Ethnic Identities
* Audience Feedback & Backlash
* Exhibition & Geography
 
Textual Practices
* Independent Modes of Production
* Documentary & Television Journalism
* Race & the Avant Garde
* Indigenous Media
* Music & Racial Politics
* Race & Genre Studies
* Visual Style
 
Methodological Questions
* Historiography of Ethnicity
* Race & Media Pedagogy
* Ethnographic Practices
* Redefining Categories of Race & Ethnicity
* Positioning Race & Ethnicity Research in Academy
 
Papers should be between 15 and 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 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 Chris Becker
(608-256-3740, [log in to unmask]) or Jason Mittell (608-246-3020,
[log in to unmask]). Submissions are due September 15, 1998, and
should be sent to:
 
        _The Velvet Light Trap_
        University of Wisconsin-Madison
        Department  of Communication Arts
        821 University Avenue
        Madison, Wisconsin USA  53706-1497
 
_The Velvet Light Trap_  is an academic, peer-reviewed journal of film and
television studies. The journal is published bi-annually in March and
September by the University of Texas Press.  Issues are edited alternately
by graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin and the
University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The Editorial Advisory Board includes
such notable scholars as Rhona Berenstein, Matthew Bernstein, Manthia
Diawara, Herman Gray, Henry Jenkins, Lynne Joyrich, George Lipsitz, Charles
Musser, Chon Noriega, and Lynn Spigel.
 
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Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
University of Alabama.