Popular Communication


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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.

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.




The Department of Media Studies (http://www.mediastudies.virginia.edu) at the University of Virginia seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor, appointment beginning August 25, 2015. The successful candidate must have a PhD (or be ABD with expected completion of June 2015), evidence of innovative and effective teaching, and excellent research promise in the field of media studies. We are searching for a scholar who specializes in social media and mobile technologies. We particularly welcome candidates with a focus on one or more of the following: infrastructures, mobilities, and non-North American perspectives. Candidates should be well versed in theories of technology, globalization, and new media so as to complement current departmental strengths in global media, technology, and policy.

To apply, candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVA (https://jobs.virginia.edu), search on posting number 0614985, and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest that describes research agenda and teaching experience, curriculum vitae that includes the names and contact information of three (3) references that can speak to research excellence. Also, under separate cover by e-mail please arrange for one (1) of the references listed in the CV to send a confidential letter of recommendation to: Professor Bruce Williams, Chair of Search Committee,mediastudiessearch@gmail.com.

For priority consideration, please submit all application materials and letters of reference by November 1, 2014. The position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Professor Bruce Williams, Chair of Search Committee, baw5n@virginia.edu.

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND FILM STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA is accepting applications for a tenure-track position, at the level of assistant professor, in New Media Studies.

Attached is the link to the official job advertisement:   http://www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/A110424038/


QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY’s Creative Industries Faculty seeks an innovative, enthusiastic lecturer with a demonstrated track record in Entertainment Industries teaching and research. The successful applicant will contribute to teaching, research and administration in our Bachelor of Entertainment Industries program and must have a strong understanding of the process of getting entertainment products made: either from industry experience, or from research into industry processes. Applicants may be trained in Business or Creative Industries. The program focuses on cross-sector generic producing skills, and we encourage applicants with an interdisciplinary interest and expertise in any commercial entertainment sector, including but not limited to publishing, music, television, radio, computer games, theatre, dance, live entertainment, events, theme parks, sport or transmedia.



Head of Discipline (Entertainment and Arts Management),

Associate Professor Christy Collis on +61 7 3138 8189 or c.collis@qut.edu.au


Department of Communication and Journalism
Tenure-Track Research and Teaching Positions

The Noah Mozes Department of Communication and Journalism at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites outstanding candidates to apply for tenure-track positions starting July 2015.
Excellent candidates in all areas of communications are invited to apply.

The successful applicant will join a dynamic research-oriented faculty offering innovative undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. For more information about our faculty and research please visit: http://sites.google.com/site/smarthuji/home.
The language of instruction is Hebrew, although English is acceptable for an initial period.

Applications should include:
Detailed CV including full list of publications; a scientific biography, including a research plan for the next several years, 3-4 pages long; letters of recommendation from at least two persons qualified to assess the candidate’s achievements and potential; copies of three selected recent publications that best showcase the candidate’s scholarship; brief description of 3-4 potential courses that the candidate could teach; Teaching evaluations (if such exist)
Applicants will compete with candidates of other departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences for academic positions.

Application materials, letters of recommendation and/or inquiries should be directed to:
Prof. Esther Schely-Newman, Chair

Deadline for applications: September 15th 2014.



Special Issue: Digital Labor, Below-the-Line
Submission deadline: January 12, 2015
Final drafts due: April 12, 2015
Publication: August 2015

The work required to produce the web and to fill the media devices that increasingly occupy 21st century life is often difficult to see. With a click content appears, images proliferate, and text, sound and video streams across our screens. However, behind the screen exists a globally distributed network of people who toil to create, manage, distribute, promote and update digital content. Their labor reflects new modes of production and shifting divisions of labor that characterize media production in a digital economy.
For this special issue of Critical Studies in Media Communication, issue editor Nina Huntemann seeks papers that explore digital media workers “behind the screen.” Submissions should advance scholarship about invisible labor in the digital media industries, and should principally consider the labor produced by those engaged in below-the-line work. Cultural producers in such positions might include social media interns, web content editors and copywriters, online community managers, video game playtesters, 3D animation modelers and riggers, texture artists, video loggers, and digital content asset managers. In addition to workers involved in cultural production, this special issue also invites papers that consider the labor of those working to create and maintain the digital media infrastructure, such as hardware assembly line workers, miners in raw materials extraction, technical support staff (e.g. Genius Bar/Geek Squad), and security personnel at data centers.
The editor is particularly interested in manuscripts that consider the special issue theme at the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, nation/region, sexual orientation, class, and ability.
To discuss possible submissions, please email the issue editor Nina Huntemann at nhuntemann@suffolk.edu.
About the Journal
Critical Studies in Media Communication (CSMC) publishes scholarship in media and mass communication written from a Cultural Studies and critical perspective. Research articles selected for publication make a substantial contribution to existing literature in media studies, provide novel theoretical insights that have the potential to stimulate further research, and serve as foundational contributions for debates within and beyond the field of communication. While each essay is well researched, primary emphasis is on the theoretical contribution the essay makes through the development of concepts, terms, and ideas that move the field in new and exciting directions.
Submission Details
All manuscripts must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2010) and should not exceed 7,000 words including references, notes, figures, and tables. Shorter pieces will be considered. Essays significantly longer than 7,000 words may be returned. All submissions should be made online at Critical Studies in Media Communication’s ScholarOne Manuscripts site. Please see the journal website for the complete submission instructions for authors.



Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal Launching in 2015


Editors Michael Bull, Professor of Sound Studies, U of Sussex, UK 

Veit Erlmann, Professor of Ethnomusicology and Anthropology, U of Texas at Austin, USA


Call for Papers

Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal will be an international, peer reviewed and inter-disciplinary journal in sound studies, providing a unique forum for the development of the subject within a range of disciplines such as ethno/musicology history, sociology, media and cultural studies, film studies, anthropology, philosophy, urban studies, architecture, arts and performance studies. The journal will encourage the study and research of sound by publishing submissions that are interdisciplinary, theoretical, empirically rich and critical in nature and situated at the cutting edge of sound studies. It will build upon the pioneering work of key academics in the field such as Veit Erlmann, Douglas Kahn and Jonathan Sterne, and encourage further innovative thinking.

For its inaugural issue Sound Studies invites original work on any aspect of sound that meets the above criteria.

(Print): ISSN 2055-1940

(Online): ISSN 2055-1959


Paper submission, if you wish to be considered for the first issue: 15 August 2014 

Notification of acceptance: 15 October 2014 

Final Draft submitted to editors: 15 November 2014

Initially, please submit an abstract of between 300-500 words, accompanied by a C.V. to the editors at (soundstudies@bloomsbury.com).

If you would like your article to be considered for inclusion in the first issue of Sound Studies then abstracts should be submitted no later than 15 May 2014. Full manuscripts would need to be submitted no later than 15 August 2014. Articles submitted after this date will be considered for future issues of the journal.


For more information, and a copy of the journal's style guide, contact the editors at soundstudies@bloomsbury.com or visit www.bloomsbury.com/journal/sound-studies/



Cosmopolitanism and the Margins: An international symposium on Voice, Space and Citizenship
30-31 October 2014
Venue: E2 Auditorium, KTH Royal Institute of Technology Campus, Stockholm

Keynote Speeches:

Lilie Chouliaraki (London School of Economics)
Post-humanitarianism: The Contemporary Politics of

Nikos Papastergiadis (The University of Melbourne)
Cosmopolitanism: A Perspective from the South

Myria Georgiou TBC (London School of Economics)
Loving difference? The Contradictory Cosmopolitan Visions of the Mediated City

Erik Gandini (FASAD)
Cosmopolitan Visions

Closing Plenary
Karin Becker (Stockholm University)

As indicated by the volume of research and writing produced in recent years, questions related with cosmopolitanism, citizenship and social space retain their significance both in cultural studies and political science. At odds with the cosmopolitan vision, however, we are witnessing the rise of the remodeled European far-right that capitalizes on populist rhetoric over the loss of jobs, sovereignty, cultural and ethnic ideals and on immigration and immigrants such as the so-called “benefits tourists” from Eastern and Central Europe. The resurgent conservatism in Europe condemns cosmopolitanism while at the same time lauding its results. Parallel to this, both our mediated (e.g. electronic media) and actual (e.g. urban space) spaces of communication become increasingly more exclusive, more commodified and less tolerant of dissent, otherness and marginality, be it gentrification in London or the ban on graffiti in Stockholm and elsewhere.

Against this background, the symposium concerns itself with both theoretical and practical aspects of communication, urban space and social practice at large. We seek to offer contextual understandings of a broad range of questions and debates that materialize around multiculturalism, marginal/ized communities, race-racism-racialization, global social movements, environmental crises, and art and ‘expressive cultures’. While recent social incidents that invoke such debates (such as the various global uprisings and urban riots) constitute concrete contexts within which to reconsider the purchase of cosmopolitanism as idea and ideal, the symposium aims to generate theoretical thinking and deliberation on the transhistoric and transcultural viability of cosmopolitan thought.

Cosmopolitanism and the Margins is part of the ongoing research project Cosmopolitanism from the Margins: Mediations of Expressivity, Social Space and Cultural Citizenship funded by the Swedish Research Council (Proj. Dir.: Miyase Christensen, Stockholm University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology; Co-investigator: André Jansson, Karlstad University; Doctoral Researcher: Tindra Thor, Stockholm University). The symposium is administered by Dr. Susanna Lidström and Sofia Jonsson KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Abstract submission and registration:

There are limited spots for paper presentations during the symposium.

15 October: Deadline for abstract submissions – send your abstract to Prof. Miyase Christensen: miyase@kth.se

Please register for the symposium (indicating which day/s you plan to attend) using the following link:


20 October: Final day of registration for all participants – please register via this link:

For further questions please contact Miyase Christensen miyase@kth.se





The conference will be hosted by the Institute of Communication and Media Research, Cologne/Germany (26 and 27 February 2015).

Extended abstracts in German language may be submitted to Dr. Mark Ludwig and Dr. Christian von Sikorski for peer review (deadline: 14 November 2014).

Please find the full Call for Papers here:


International Association for the Study of Popular Music
International Association for the Study of Popular Music (Australia-New Zealand Branch) Conference, 2014
- Conference Title: Into the Mix: People, Places, Processes
- Conference Dates: 5-7 December 2014
- Venue: St David Theatre Complex, corner of St David and Cumberland Streets, U of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
- Organizing Committee: Jen CattermoleHenry Johnson and Oli Wilson
The theme of this year's conference is "Into the Mix". The "mix" is both literal (referring to various stages in the production of popular music, as well as important creative processes such as sampling, remixing and  DJing) and an analogy for all types of musical hybridities and encounters, the fluid nature of musical meanings and musical experiences, and the fluidity or movement of ideas, sounds and peoples. 
The notion of the "mix" is defined broadly; it might involve popular music production processes, a creative setting, or another space where people, places and processes are foregrounded as part of an interpretive cultural analysis. Contributions might be case-study analyses underpinned by historical, ethnographic or critical enquiry, or focused entirely on theoretical orientations addressing music production, as well as hybridity and related topics.
Papers will be considered that address specifically the theme of the conference in connection with one or more of its broad definitions. 
Questions and themes paper presenters may wish to address include, but are not limited to:
* How are mixes interpreted and valued by different people(s) in different places?
* Which processes (creative, social, economic etc) are involved in creating mixes?
* What aesthetics underpin the production of mixes or cross-cultural musical collaborations?
* What are some of the cultural, social, political and/or economic effects of mixes?
* How are people(s), places and processes represented through the mix?
* How do movement, process and encounter influence popular music production?
* How does mixing enable and/or reflect fluidity, hybridity or eclecticism?
* How might cultural space(s) or place(s) be maintained or (re)constructed in the musical mix?
Keynote SpeakerRoy Shuker.
Conference Activities: A variety of conference activities are planned, including a jam night and conference dinner. Dunedin has established itself as a key eco-tourism destination, hosting unique natural attractions including an albatross colony, penguin colony and a sea lion colony. It also has a number of acclaimed breweries and top-quality restaurants.
Accommodation: Accommodation options to suit a variety of budgets are available within short walking distance of the conference venue. 
Numerous places to stay can be found at: http://www.otago.ac.nz/about/accommodation/otago000807.html. It will be expected that most conference delegates will be able to stay within walking distance to the venue.
- Transport: Dunedin has an international airport with direct flights from major eastern Australian cities, and from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The following public transport options are available to and from the city: a shuttle costs about NZ$25-35 (one way); and a taxi is about NZ$100 (one way).
- Registration: Earlybird (before 1 October); cut-off for late registration (before 1 November). The conference website will be active mid 2014 for registration.
Date for Abstracts: Abstracts should be submitted as an email attachment (Word document, plain text, 12pt Times New Roman font) to oli.wilson@otago.ac.nz, by 31 May 2014. Please use your surname and initial as the document title, as in "Smith_Z.docx". Abstracts will be refereed, and successful speakers advised promptly by email. Please submit your proposal with the following information (in this order):
• Name of author(s) (exactly as you would like it to appear in the program)
• Institution or affiliation
• Contact phone number, including international codes
• Email
• Consideration for 2013 IASPM-ANZ postgraduate prize?* (Yes/No)
• Title of paper
• 3 keywords for your paper (for programming purposes)
• Abstract (300 words maximum)
The IAPSM-ANZ postgraduate prize of AUD$250 is awarded to the best postgraduate presenter at the conference, as determined by a panel of established IAPSM-ANZ members. Only current postgraduate students are eligible. Past winners may not apply.

Conference on Pop Music

Erasmus U Rotterdam - The Netherlands

6-7 November 2014

Together with the International Association for the Study of Popular Music and Tilburg U we are organizing an international conference on popular music at Erasmus U titled:

A long way to the top: The production and reception of music in a globalized world

Keynotes by John Street and Fabian Holt


Regarding the production of music, we aim for papers on - but not strictly limited to - these themes:

· Music industries and scenes: for example, what challenges are music industries facing in the 21st century? How have their business models changed over the last decade? To what extent is music increasingly produced within translocal and virtual scenes outside of traditional music industries?

· Careers in pop music: for example, to what extent have artist labor markets changed over the last decades? Have music careers become longer and more flexible? What factors determine success?

· Pop music policy: for example, to what extent and why do government organizations (national and local) fund what types of music? How are pop musicians promoted abroad and for what reasons? What role does music play in urban development and city branding?

· New media and pop music: for example, how have streaming services changed music industries? Did social media affect the marketing of pop music? How do (online) consumer critics affect sales?

Regarding the reception of music, we aim for papers on - but not strictly limited to - these themes:

· Pop music consumption and identity construction: for example, how important is pop music in processes of bounding and bridging social groups and group identities? How do music fans use the Internet in processes of meaning-making and sacralization?

· Music performance, festivals and rituals: for example, how can music performances achieve intended transformative effects? How are they clustered in a particular period of time at a particular place? How can we explain the growing popularity of music festivals among international audiences?

· Pop music, political activism and social movements: for example, what role does pop music play in social change? How politically engaged are pop musicians and what topics do they address?

· Popular music heritage and tourism: for example, how and which pop music is being canonized? How does this relate to generational conflict, feelings of nostalgia and authenticity?



Please send your abstract of 400 words in English (including a research question, theory and methodology) together with a short biography (100 words), including name, institutional affiliation and position, phone number, postal and e-mail addresses, to: iaspmconference@eshcc.eur.nl

Abstract deadline: 1 June 2014. Participants will receive notifications of acceptance by 1 August, 2014.


If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us:

E-mail: iaspmconference@eshcc.eur.nl

WWW: www.eshcc.eur.nl/iaspmconference

Facebook: www.facebook.com/alongwaytothetop



Are you a PhD student? Then definitely consider joining one day earlier to take part in the very first Music Matters Master Class. This master class is hosted in Tilburg as a prelude to the conference in Rotterdam (just 45 min. by train). Also if you can’t make the conference, but would like to discuss your work in an inspiring setting: continue reading! We aim to get together a group of PhD students who conduct research on music and meaning making in the broadest sense. Think of topics such as music in relation to identity formation, rituals, tourism, festivals, and urban and social development: but the scope of the master class is certainly not limited to these topics. We invite proposals that deal with both popular and classical music. We will be asking at least two conference speakers to host the master class.




5-7 November 2014

Madrid (Spain)

It is now open the call for submitting papers to the international workshop Audiovisual sector in the digital age: policies and strategies for diversity that will be held on 5-7 November 2014 at the Faculty of Humanities, Communication and Documentation of Carlos III U of Madrid. This event is part of the activities that are being developed by the research project ?Audiovisual and cultural diversity: good practices and indicators? and its aim is, a decade after the publication of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (UNESCO 2005), to consider the major issues of the diversity in the audiovisual, nowadays constantly changing.


The Scientific Committee of the workshop will select eight proposals.

Abstracts should be 400-500 words in length and should deal with the following topics:

- Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and its development in the digital era (UNESCO,


- Public policies, audiovisual sector and cultural diversity.

- Diversity in the audiovisual sector: cinema, radio, television, music and videogames.

- ?Good practices? for diversity in the digital age. - Copyright and audiovisual diversity. - Coalitions for cultural diversity and its relationship with the audiovisual sector.

- Measuring and statistics for diversity:  indicators in the digital age.


Based on selected papers, two panel discussions will be arranged to be held in the morning of 6-7 November. The authors of the papers will have 20 minutes for their presentations. Previously, (being 20 October 2014 the deadline) successful applicants must send the final paper ?unpublished and original-. Papers should be between 6,000 - 8,000 words in length.


Deadline for applications and abstracts: 1 July  2014.

Notification of abstracts acceptance:  15 April 2014.

Registration fee ? deadline: 50? -  15 September 2014. Deadline for full papers (unpublished and original): 20 October 2014 Deadline for final versions in English (*): 25 November 2014

(*)Papers presented at the international workshop Audiovisual sector in the digital age: policies and strategies for diversity will be revised to be sent as a monographic proposal to a peer-reviewed scientific publication.


Contact e-mail: diversidadaudiovisual@uc3m.es

For further information about the international workshop and the research project: www.diversidadaudivisual.org



An area of multiple panels for the 2014 Film&  History Conference: Golden Ages: Styles and Personalities, Genres and Histories

20-24 November 2014

The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club Madison, WI (USA)

DEADLINE for abstracts: 1 July 2014

AREA: The Golden Age(s) of Film Noir

Motion picture audiences have long grown accustomed to dramatic narratives in which the protagonist struggles to discover some element of truth among a myriad of circumstances and characters. As suggested by Kaplan, Spicer, Harvey, Place, and others, the style of Film Noir represented a different entity within the history of film; one that drew upon social eclecticism, and the seamy underbelly of popular culture. This style, or to some, film genre, forced audiences into re-examining American values, including traditional gender roles, race, and sexuality.

While the war years of 1941-46 featured the private eye or hard-boiled detective’s trip through the social fantastic, the post-war years drew upon the social malaise that was a large part of American culture, and a war ravaged Europe. A later construct was that of psychopathic behavior and criminal intent in which villains and villainesses harbored dark childhoods, and psychological wounds of war.

What can be said about the effects Film Noir, and the novels from which they derive, have had upon traditional Western societies? What cultural or historical factors affected audience perceptions of these stories, and their subsequent pleasures? How did female spectatorship factor prominently in postwar narratives? How has the anti-hero figured prominently in the deconstruction of patriarchy, if at all? This area, comprising multiple panels, explores the concept of “Golden Ages” across the production systems surrounding Film Noir. Topics might include the following:

• Decoding the Production Codes through Film Noir

• Feminism, female sexuality, and fandom

• Gay, Lesbian characters and Queer considerations

• Racial relations, and social disruption

• The existence, or non-existence, of Neo-Noir

• The Family in Film Noir

• The military man or woman in wartime Films Noir

• The recognizable star vs. the unknown actor in Films Noir

• The Tough Guy guise, and the fascination with the Femme Fatale

• Wet, dangerous, and dark: the visual tropes of the Film Noir city

Proposals for individual papers should include a 200-word abstract and the name, affiliation, and contact email of the presenter. Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter.

Deadline for Abstracts: 1 July 2014. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see: www.filmandhistory.org/The2013FilmHistoryConference.php

Please send submissions or queries to the area chair:

Darrell M, Newton

Salisbury U



Music and Movies: National and Transnational Perspectives

Radboud U, Nijmegen, Netherlands

18-20 September  2014 

20th Anniversary SERCIA Conference

SERCIA, founded in France in 1993, is a European-based association of scholars dedicated to the study of English-speaking cinema. It organizes an annual conference dedicated to a particular theme. The theme of the 2014 conference is "Music and Movies: National and Transnational Perspectives." It will be hosted by the Department of American Studies, Radboud U, Nijmegen, the Netherlands on September  2014.

Nijmegen is the oldest town in the Netherlands and well known to movie experts from Richard Attenborough's A Bridge Too Far (1977). This year will mark the 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, designed to end the war quickly. During the operation, launched on 17 September 1944, American, Canadian, British, and Polish troops liberated Nijmegen.

Our conference participants will consequently find the scenic town center buzzing with international visitors, parades, concerts, and film events around the theme of liberation. In addition to our conference lectures, panels, and workshops on the aural dimension of film, we will present an exhibition as well as a live musical performance on "The Soundtrack of Liberation" synchronized with live screenings.

Program and updates: www.ru.nl/col/SERCIA




New book: Making and Remaking Horror in the 1970s and 2000s

Roche, David. Making and Remaking Horror in the 1970s and 2000s: Why Don't They Do It Like They Used To? Jackson, MS: UP of Mississippi, 2014. ISBN 978-1617039621


In Making and Remaking Horror in the 1970s and 2000s author David Roche takes up the assumption shared by many fans and scholars that original horror movies are more "disturbing," and thus better than the remakes. He assesses the qualities of movies, old and recast, according to criteria that include subtext, originality, and cohesion. With a methodology that combines a formalist and cultural studies approach, Roche sifts aspects of the American horror movie that have been widely addressed (class, the patriarchal family, gender, and the opposition between terror and horror) and those that have been somewhat neglected (race, the Gothic, style, and verisimilitude). Containing seventy-eight black and white illustrations, the book is grounded in a close comparative analysis of the politics and aesthetics of four of the most significant independent American horror movies of the 1970s--The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, Dawn of the Dead, and Halloween--and their twenty-first-century remakes.

To what extent can the politics of these films be described as "disturbing" insomuch as they promote subversive subtexts that undermine essentialist perspectives? Do the politics of the film lie on the surface or are they wedded to the film's aesthetics? Early in the book, Roche explores historical contexts, aspects of identity (race, ethnicity, and class), and the structuring role played by the motif of the American nuclear family. He then asks to what extent these films disrupt genre expectations and attempt to provoke emotions of dread, terror, and horror through their representations of the monstrous and the formal strategies employed? In this inquiry, he examines definitions of the genre and its metafictional nature. Roche ends with a meditation on the extent to which the technical limitations of the horror films of the 1970s actually contribute to this "disturbing" quality. Moving far beyond the genre itself, Making and Remaking Horror studies the redux as a form of adaptation and enables a more complete discussion of the evolution of horror in contemporary American cinema.

The latest issue of Philosophy of Photography (Vol. 4, No. 2) will be available soon. It includes:


Jose Cuevas & Laurence Heglar, Photography and the Discovery of the
Double Helix Structure of DNA

Helen Petrovsky, Document: Fact and Fiction

John Lechte, The Photographic Image: the ‘Face of Sydney’ and August
Sander’s Typologie

Kelly Wood, In Favour of Heroines: Lincoln Clarkes’s Vancouver Photographs

Shepherd Steiner, Photography at a Crossroads: Studio as Genealogy,
Dispositif, Spur


Elodie Hiryczuk and Sjoerd van Oevelen, Seeing, of course, is also an Art


Tom Slevin on Technology


Lisa Stein on Francois Laruelle’s Photo-Fiction

Jenee Mateer reports on a recent Society for Photographic Education


Andrew Fisher
Goldsmiths, London

Daniel Rubenstein
Central Saint Martins, London

Associate Editor

Sandra Plummer
Sotheby’s Institute, London

For more details see:

If you are interested in making a submission to Philosophy of
please see the notes for contributors and style guide for
authors at:


Call for Chapters

Marvel Feature Films

Edited by Robert Moses Peaslee, Matt McEniry, and Robert G. Weiner

The recent release of Guardians of the Galaxy marks the penultimate film in the so-called second “phase” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a group of big-budget tentpole films that include Marvel’s The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Solider, Thor: Dark World, Iron Man 1-3, and the Incredible Hulk. Meanwhile, other studios like Sony and Fox have had success with films based on Marvel properties such as the X-Men and Spider-Man.

Feature films and full-length television movies based on Marvel characters go back to the 1970s, however, and very little scholarship has been produced on these films. The editors of this volume seek essays that discuss Marvel feature-length films, and while we will consider essays that deal with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and more recent films, we are particularly interested in those films that have not received a lot of scholarly attention (including television and animated features).  We are also interested in work dealing with films produced when certain characters were Marvel properties (like Transformers, G. I.

Joe, and Conan). Please note we are not interested in television series, per se, but rather the full-length films produced from them. We are also interested in the business aspect of Marvel Films and Marvel Animation. 

We will also consider essays on those unauthorized foreign films based on Marvel characters like Turkish Captain America/Spider-Man, etc.

We are particularly interested in considering essays dealing with:

Transfomers (1986), G.I. Joe (1987), Howard the Duck (1986), Captain America  (1979, 1990), Inhumanoids: the Movie (1986),  Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989), Man-Thing (2005), Ghost Rider (2007, 2011),

Spider-Man: The Dragon’s Challenge (1979), Dr. Strange (1979), Generation X (1996), Power Pack (1991), Punisher (1989), Nick Fury:

Agents of Shield (1998), Blade 1-3 (1998, 2002, 2004), Elektra (2005),

Thor: Tales of Asgard (2011), Iron Man: Rise of Technovore (2013), Planet Hulk (2010), Fantastic Four (1994) and Next Avengers (2008).

A brief but by no means conclusive list of interesting questions to consider:

     * How has Disney’s acquisition of Marvel changed the comic/film landscape?

     * Why were certain television or direct to video films like Captain America (1990), Captain America: Death Too Soon or Spider-Man: The Dragon’s Challenge released theatrically overseas?

     * Why did Howard the Duck fail to live up to its hype, and what are we to make of his recent reappearance in the CMU?

     * How can we think more deeply about the use of legend and myth in these films?

     * What was the production history of Transformers (1986) and how did the film eventually factor into the continuity of the Marvel comics series?

     * Cyberpunk influences, particularly in films like Iron Man: Rise of Technovore

     * Faustian influences in the Ghost Rider films and the use of the original Ghost Rider, Carter Slade, in the first film.

     * How Daredevil and Thor were used in the Hulk television films?

     * While Blade was moderately successfully in 1998, why did it take the 2000’s X-Men to kick start the current wave of Marvel and superhero films?

     * Generation X as an example of X-film?

     * Has Marvel Animation been successful compared to DC in producing high quality animated films?

     * Planet Hulk as Greek/Roman myth?

     * Traditional vampire lore in the Blade series.

     * Spider-Man as a villain in the Turkish 3 Dev Adam, also featuring Captain America.

     * The Bollywood 'Tu Mera Superman featuring a mash-up of Superman and Spider-Woman?

     * Production history of producer Roger Corman’s ill-fated attempt at the $2 million Fantastic Four film.


Please submit a 200-500 word abstract by November 15th rob.weiner@ttu.edu and  Matthew.mceniry@ttu.edu

Upon acceptance, final essays will be due on Feb 15th



  • Melissa A. Click, Chair
  • Stephen Harrington, Vice-Chair
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