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Popular Communication is concerned with providing a forum for scholarly investigation, analysis, and dialogue among communication researchers interested in a wide variety of communication symbols, forms, phenomena and strategic systems of symbols within the context of contemporary popular culture.
Interest group members encourage and employ a variety of empirical and critical methodologies with application to diverse human communication acts, processes, products and artifacts which have informational, entertainment, or suasory potential or effect among mass audiences.
NEWS OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
Call for Submissions for a Theme Issue of Journal of Popular Film and Television
“Shifting the Focus: New Directions in Screen Technologies”
During the last decade there has been a revolution in the way viewers receive media. Digital technologies have transformed virtually every arena of image reception, whether it’s large screen movie theaters or new types of home screens, such as the iPad or smartphone. The 35 mm motion picture theater experience is virtually extinct, replaced by an auditorium capable of projecting everything from live events to digital restorations of 70 mm prints. The concept of the living-room TV set is being radically recast as either a massive home theater or a fragmented multi-screen viewing environment.
Whether it’s the ability of “movie” theaters to now transmit high-definition cultural events from all over the world or the ability of viewers to now view media content anyplace and anytime, the advent of new screen technologies has helped to reshape the traditional nature of both the film and television image and how and where it is received.
This special issue of JPF&T is designed to focus on the implications of this transformation, exploring areas such as these:
* How has the new all-digital theater changed the concept of “going to the movies” for filmmakers, film exhibitors, and filmgoers?
* In what ways has digital projection altered what we see and how we see it on the big screen?
* What are the major aesthetic and economic challenges of 3-D film and television?
* What impact has the transition to multi-platform viewing made on TV programming and viewer reception?
* How has HDTV transformed the meaning and the impact of the television image?
* What is the relationship of these digital transformations to previous technological changes in film and television?
* Do digital technologies ultimately erase the boundaries between the film and television industries as well as the film and television experiences for viewers?
This issue encourages a variety of academic, historical, critical, analytical, and theoretical approaches, as well as submissions from authors in the popular press. Submissions should be limited to twenty-five pages, double-spaced, and conform to MLA style. Please include a fifty-word abstract and five to seven key words to facilitate online searches. Send three copies (along with SASE) no later than 1 December 2013 to:
Department of Communication and Media Studies
113 W. 60th Street
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Department of Communication
(Digital Media and Emerging Technologies)
The Department of Communication at Christopher Newport University invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure-track faculty position in social media. This position is effective August 19, 2013. The successful candidate will teach a combination of the following courses: Social Media, Media Audiences, Media and Society, as well as contribute to the major core with courses such as Public Speaking or Communication Theory. We are interested in adding a faculty member who will strengthen our Department in the areas of digital media literacy, emerging technologies, and/or political economy of digital media.
The position is a one-year appointment, with potential for renewal depending upon the incumbent’s performance and University need. The teaching load is 4-4. A hired candidate with a Ph.D. can anticipate an initial appointment of Lecturer. A hired candidate with a Ph.D. nearly completed can anticipate an initial appointment of Instructor.
The Department of Communication has increased the number of majors significantly over the last two years, placing it in the top decile of majors. This position in a growing, collaborative department has a great deal to offer to a person committed to a life of the mind and excellence in teaching. An increasing number of the departments’ students attend conferences, move on to graduate school, and win national awards. Our chapter of LPH has won top awards twice in the last four years. Research and teaching for the department are interdisciplinary, emphasizing the production and reproduction of systems of meaning, knowledge, culture, and behavior.
Located between historic Colonial Williamsburg and the ocean resort of Virginia Beach, CNU is committed to outstanding teaching and learning, undergraduate education, and the liberal studies core; the University is seeking to shelter a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The Fall 2012 freshman class of approximately 1,375 students was selected from over 7,000 applicants with a middle 50% SAT range: 1100-1240 (Critical Reading and Math). Capital improvements (approaching $1 billion) on the beautiful, 260-acre campus integrate the University’s liberal arts vision, nurturing mind, body, and spirit. These include the state-of-the-art Trible Library, home to the most comprehensive maritime research collections in the world; three new academic buildings including a newly opened integrated science building; the Freeman Center athletic complex; and the I.M. Pei-designed Ferguson Center for the Arts, which brings to Virginia the finest performing artists in the world.
Our faculty enjoy an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect that rewards outstanding teaching and fosters active intellectual and creative engagement. CNU faculty are productive scholars and researchers, supported by professional development funds. Faculty and administrators regularly consult and collaborate as the University works to sustain a culture of scholarly inquiry, informed debate, and civic action that enriches students, faculty, and the surrounding community. The result is a supportive and cohesive academic setting in which the University cultivates and carries forward its mission. Competitive salary with excellent health and retirement benefits and a well-designed family leave policy further enhance the CNU workplace. For further information on CNU, please visit our website at http://www.cnu.edu.
To apply, submit a letter of application, vita, graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable for initial screening), a statement of teaching philosophy, a sample of scholarly work, a sample syllabus for a course you typically teach, and four letters of reference to:
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Communication (Digital Media/Emerging Technologies) Faculty Search
Christopher Newport University
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606-3072
Review of applications will begin on April 22, 2013.
Applications received after April 22, 2013, will be accepted but considered only if needed.
Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.
Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully committed to Access and Opportunity.
Dear Popular Communication division members,
Happy new year from your incoming editors! Popular Communication now receives all manuscript submissions electronically via ScholarOne. Manuscripts should be submitted at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/popcomm. ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, and facilitates the review process and internal communication between authors, editors, and reviewers via a web-based platform. ScholarOne technical support can be accessed at http://scholarone.com/services/support. To email us, please use firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patrick Burkart, Miyase Christensen, Mehdi Semati, and Nabeel Zuberi
Dynamics of Global Cinema: Peripheries, Infrastructure, Circulation
at the U of Navarra, Pamplona (Spain)
10-11 May 2013
Co-organised by Dina Irdonavoda (Center for Film Studies, U of St Andrews, UK) and Alejandro Pardo (Department of Film, TV & Digital Media, U of Navarra, Spain).
Conditioned by digital innovation and wider possibilities for the global circulation of film, people experience cinema in new ways. The ‘digital disruption' brings about more intense trans-border flows of niche and previously little-seen cinematic content.
Traditional distribution – where studios control box office revenues by releasing films for coordinated showing in a system of theatres and then direct them through an inflexible succession of hierarchically ordered windows of exhibition and formats – is radically undermined by new technologies and migratory patterns. Various dissemination intermediaries that controlled and shaped distribution until recently, are gradually disappearing, and previously lesser-acknowledged nodes gain in importance. Film distribution as we know it is increasingly turning into a fraction of the multiple ways in which film travels around the globe.
New business and circulation models force a rethink of issues of intellectual property, trigger mutations in the film festival landscape, and give growth to a new type of cosmopolitan cinéphilia. The result is a new landscape of transnational film infrastructure, an intricate plethora of circuits and revenue streams that accelerate and take over previously known patterns of film circulation and, perhaps, lay the groundwork for a new mode of address. Due to the vitality of growing alternative channels of dissemination, previously rarely seen cinematic material can now be seen and appreciated.
In the context of the planned symposium, we hope to address a range of issues that touch on matters of cinematic transnationalism, the national, the supra- and sub-national, composite film cultures, infrastructure (including production base, financing, capital, markets, co-production, policy), circulation (including distribution, diasporic channels, on-line channels, film festivals, but also migrations and resources), mode of address (format mutations, language, supranational aesthetics and narratives, but also identity and talent).
•Prof. Tim Bergfelder, U of Southampton (UK)
•Prof. Chris Berry, King's College London (UK)
•Prof. Efrén Cuevas, U of Navarra (Spain)
•Prof. Alberto Elena, U Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
•Prof. Dina Iordanova, U of St. Andrews (UK)
•Prof. Onookome Okome, Alberta (Canada)
•Dr. Dorota Ostrowska, Birkbeck College (London, UK)
•Prof. Alejandro Pardo, U of Navarra (Spain)
•Prof. Rob Stone, U of Birmingham (UK)
•Prof. Cindy Wong, CUNY (USA)
Programme and abstracts are available at:
Travel and accommodation:
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Stefanie Van de Peer: email@example.com
Prof. Dina Iordanova: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Alejandro Pardo: email@example.com
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
(edited collection on Contemporary Uses of Fairy Tales)
I invite submissions for an edited collection of essays on contemporary uses of fairy tales in popular culture. The collection will focus on recent reinterpretations and reboots of classical fairy tales, ways the contemporary texts address the original tales and narratological implications of the repetitions and adjustments of these stories. In essays that explore the functions and consequences of fairy tale reboots, remakes and updates, authors will consider the ways fairy tale generic conventions have been revised over time, representations of race, gender, class and sexual identity, the roles of archetypes, mythic tropes and patterns and the emergence of self-referential and meta-tales within these texts.
Essays may also address fan culture influence on contemporary tales, opportunities for interactivity and the roles of stars in fairy tale reboots.
Text focus could include television series, feature-length films, comic books and graphic novels, games and animation.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
•Fables (Bill Willingham/Vertigo, 2002-present)
•The Red Shoes (Kim Yong-gyun, 2005)
•Lost Girls (Alan Moore/Top Shelf, 2006)
•Hansel and Gretel (Yim Pil-Sung, 2007)
•Sydney White (Joe Nussbaum, 2007)
•Bluebeard (Catherine Breillat, 2009)
•The Sleeping Beauty (Catherine Breillat, 2010)
•Red Riding Hood (Catherine Hardwicke, 2011)
•Hanna (Joe Wright, 2011)
•Beastly (Daniel Barnz, 2011)
•Once Upon a Time (ABC, 2011-present)
•Grimm (NBC, 2011-present)
•Snow White and the Huntsman (Rupert Sanders, 2012)
•Mirror, Mirror (Tarsem Singh, 2012)
•Hansel and Gretel (Anthony Ferrante, 2013)
•Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Tommy Wirkola, 2013)
•Jack the Giant Slayer (Bryan Singer, 2013)
Submit a two-page proposals by the deadline of 19 June 2013 to Dr. Melissa Lenos at firstname.lastname@example.org