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.
Division 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.
Children and Nontheatrical Media: From Film to Video (Conference)
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:
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
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New York, NY 10023
e-mail: bgrose at gmail dot com
The Harry Ransom Center, an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, annually awards over 50 fellowships to support research projects in all areas of the humanities. Each year, the Robert De Niro Endowed Fund, Warren Skaaren Film Research Endowment, and Filmscript Acquisitions Endowment fund a number of projects focusing on the Center’s film collections.
The Center’s film collections include the papers of producers David O. Selznick and Lewis Allen, director Nicholas Ray, actors Gloria Swanson and Robert De Niro, screenwriters Ernest Lehman and Paul Schrader, acting teacher Stella Adler, special effects master Norman Dawn, and the Interstate Theatre Circuit, among others. For more information about the Center’s film collections, visit http://budurl.com/tcjg.
The fellowships range from one to three months, with stipends of $3,000 per month. Also available are $1,200 to $1,700 travel stipends and dissertation fellowships with a $1,500 stipend. During the fellowship, scholars will work on-site in the Center’s collections in Austin, Texas. Austin is home to a thriving film community including the Austin Film Festival, Austin Film Society, and the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival.
The Ransom Center is currently accepting fellowship applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. Applications must be submitted through the Center’s website by 31 January 2014, 5 p.m. CST.
The 2014-2015 academic year will mark the 25th anniversary of the Ransom Center’s fellowship program. Since the program's inauguration in 1990, the Center has supported the research of more than 800 scholars through fellowships.
More information about the fellowships and the Ransom Center’s collections is available online at http://budurl.com/qdvk. Questions about the fellowship program or application instructions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.