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Posted By Administration, Friday, October 2, 2020
Updated: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Call for Chapter Proposals for an Edited Collection

Working Title: Governing Genealogies of Film Education


Hadi Gharabaghi, Drew University

Terri Ginsberg, The American University in Cairo

Contributions are sought for an edited scholarly collection, the purpose of which is to introduce readers to a nascent, critical historiographic approach to the formal study and deployment of cinema based upon extensive archival research into the declassified governing paper trail located in government, university, and philanthropic foundation archives in the United States and other imperial locations, and of traces left behind in postcolonial and neocolonial state institutions. We invite research that dovetails investigation of production culture and the cinematic public sphere with exposure and analysis of governmental policy and bureaucratic processes. The primary objective of the volume is to shed light on the institution and institutionalization of film and, more broadly, audiovisual education as an international academic discipline, as well as of media governance through the governmentality of university and state programming at bureaucratic and aesthetic levels with complex and lasting implications for global cultures and subject positions. The volume’s secondary objective is to assess and reflect in this genealogical context on the precarious state of film studies today as an academic discipline, and hence on the crisis facing an increasingly disposable labor force of film scholars and teachers who have come of professional age at the very moment at which the serious study of cinematic and disciplinary articulations of race, colonialism, and transnationalism has achieved a certain institutional acceptance and legitimacy. We especially invite work that unearths previously unvisited collections and offers original research and theorization.

 The volume aims to excavate the margins of archival inquiry regarding the history of U.S. higher film education, revealing and applying findings not previously included in the scholarly literature—or in Foucault’s own Eurocentric works—in order to offer an immanent critique of the field, its history and discursive structuring, and the practices of cultural production in which it has concomitantly engaged—in unvarnished collaboration with U.S. and other imperial government agencies and with private philanthropic organizations working in close relationship with them. The volume will in turn offer an interdisciplinary scope that positions the genealogy of film and media research into much-needed dialogue with scholarship outside the field that historicizes post-WWII liberal education and educational institutions within the context of Cold War liberal nationalism and capitalist global citizenship. While the volume invites detailed genealogical investigation, it is framed theoretically by contemporary readings of postcolonial, decolonial, and critical race theories with and against poststructuralist theories of epistemology, Marxist theories of imperialism, and emerging theories of the archive in order to problematize prevailing ways in which the historicization of Cinema Studies has been narrativized, its central theoretical paradigms maintained, and its socio-cultural practices recognized and understood.

The proposed volume is conceived at a moment during which disciplinary interest in the history of Cinema Studies and governing investment in film has led to the publication of several scholarly books. It will therefore resonate with a range of theoretical methodologies associated with the fields of cinema and cultural studies. Furthermore, scholarly attention to the role of governments and governing entities in shaping the direction of art education domestically and through diplomatic policy has had a longer and more prolific history that sheds light on the Cold War foundations of higher film education in the U.S. and the international arena and its domestic and international functioning as a “soft diplomacy.” We are therefore interested in excavating archival traces of film diplomacy’s creation of certain labor opportunities, academic programming practices, and the growth of film scholarship. While we hope to generate a more dynamic dialogue with this evolving group of scholarship, our volume intends to address this thematic in a methodologically innovative way within contemporary film and media studies, making substantive use of archival findings to address critical and theoretical claims regarding the genealogies of Cinema Studies both domestically and internationally.

A reputable university press has already shown strong interest in this collection.

Please submit proposals, including affiliation and curriculum vitae, by October 15, 2020, to both:

Hadi Gharabaghi: hgharabaghi@drew.edu

Terri Ginsberg: terri.ginsberg@aucegypt.edu


The College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University is pleased to invite graduate students at all levels to submit applications for competitive selection for the 5th International Summer School for communication and media psychology scholars. For ISS@TTU, graduate students will be paired with leading scholars of emerging media technologies where students will have the opportunity for directed feedback on their own research programs while also being part of a provocative and future-forward series of panels and thematic workshops aimed at charting future research directions. This year's keynote speakers include:

  • Social Robotics and Human-Robot Interactions, with Dr. Astrid Rosenthal von der Pütten, U Aachen, Germany

  • Video Gaming and Game Streaming, with Dr. Vivian Chen, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • Progressive Embodiment and Virtual Worlds, with Dr. Sun Joo "Grace" Ahn, University of Georgia, USA

  • Media Entertainment and Technology, with Dr. Allison Eden, Michigan State University, USA -

  • Mobile Communication and Social Media, with Dr. Veronika Karnowski, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich, Germany 

More details, including application procedures and deadlines, are available online at: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/research/techiss/. Please contact Dr. Nick Bowman for more details, at nick.bowman@ttu.edu


Call for Papers: Human Machine Communication Special Issue: Diffusion of Human-Machine Communication During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

David Kim, kimcomm@louisiana.edu


Special Issue Editors: 


- Do Kyun David Kim, Ph.D (kimcomm@louisiana.edu), Richard D’Aquin / BORSF Endowed Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette 


- Rukhsana Ahmed, Ph.D (rahmed4@albany.edu), Associate Professor and Chair of Communication Department at the University at Albany, SUNY  


- Gary L. Kreps, Ph.D (gkreps@gmu.edu), University Distinguished Professor at George Mason University 


Human-machine communication (HMC) facilitated by artificial intelligence (AI) technology will be a significant part of the New Normal already emerging during the COVID-19 pandemic. Likely, HMC will be further routinized in the post-pandemic world, altering human lifestyles, offering an alternative to face-to-face communication between humans, meeting demands for independent or remote work, necessitating teaming with communicable devices or robots, and providing context for the development of human-like friendships with AI partners. In fact, not only has HMC complemented, but it has also, at present, substantially replaced human communication in many areas of personal and professional life.  


This special issue focuses on strategic human-machine communication that contributes to overcoming difficulties caused by a pandemic and addressing the HMC-based New Normal based on human-machine communication during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Particularly, we welcome studies investigating the acceleration of the diffusion of human-machine communication as a communicative solution for current and future pandemics and implementation of HMC as a new normal.


Based on this general theme, this special issue aims to feature diverse circumstances of HMC related to pandemics, such as human-robot interaction, virtual and augmented realities (humans “in” the machine or machine environments), cyborg/augmentics (human-machine hybridity), human-machine teaming, and automation, and to be inclusive of multiple methodological, epistemic, and disciplinary approaches. This special issue strives to advance HMC scholarship internationally by encouraging excellence in academic research. 


For more information or questions, please contact the Special Issue Editor Dr. David Kim at kimcomm@louisiana.edu.  

Additional information available at:




Deadline: December 30, 2020.


All manuscripts should be submitted via the journal’s online submission system (https://hmcjournal.com) with the remark, “Special Issue” in the cover letter. In the online submission system, there will be a drop-down menu under Document Type. Please choose “Special Issue Submission.” 

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