CFP: Feminism/Culture/Media in Practice

Camera Obscura is (re)starting up a regular focus on feminist media practitioners. Given the seeming regression for the inhospitable industrial environment facing women filmmakers today, the addition couldn't be more timely.

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Camera Obscura is happy to announce the renewal and reconception of a section devoted to the types of questions and formats, productions and receptions that the journal once featured under the title “Women Working.” This section will also continue the work of remarking on the ever-fluid shape of “feminism, media, and culture” that more recently appeared in our “Archive for the Future” section.

When the “Women Working” section originally appeared in the 1970s, contributions included book and film/video reviews, conference and festival reports, interviews and personal reflections, and accounts of large-scale works-in-progress by female producers. In “Feminism/Culture/Media In Practice,” we would like to include similar work and more — that is, work that may even broaden the scope of those previous subjects and subjectivities, textual forms, and cultural events. We invite the submission of short essays (750 – 2,000 words maximum) on current media practices, practitioners, projects, resources, events, or issues — particularly those that highlight new work, fresh perspectives, and emerging material in a contemporary feminist media studies context.

As “Feminism/Culture/Media In Practice” will enable the continuation of short-format pieces like the assessments and appreciations included in our “Archives for the Future” and “Fabulous! Divas” special issues, we encourage authors to invoke a tone that veers between playful and rigorous, speculative and conclusive in order both to address their specific subjects and media and to experiment with form in a critical context. We will publish solicitations and open submissions, with the intention of enriching dialogue between feminist media scholarship and the practices — production, distribution, exhibition, organizing, research — that sustain it. Submissions or proposals should be sent to

Camera Obscura
Department of Film and Media Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Please also submit a cover letter with complete contact information, and send an electronic version (saved in Word document format) either on CD along with the hard copies or via e-mail attachment to cameraobscura@filmandmedia.ucsb.edu. Submissions will only be considered complete once both the electronic and print copies have been received. Please direct inquiries to cameraobscura@filmandmedia.ucsb.edu.

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