Call for Abstracts | Diffractions – Graduate Journal for the Study of Culture Issue 6
Topic: On Research Methods in Film Studies
Deadline for abstracts: January 17, 2022
Guest Editors: Ekaterina Smirnova and Sara Magno
More information: here
The next issue of Diffractions pursues an interdisciplinary reflection on research methods for the study of film and moving images. To begin a meaningful discussion around research methods within Film Studies it is first necessary to acknowledge that we are addressing a transdisciplinary field of investigation that is part of a complex, rapidly changing and interrelated media environment encompassing various practices such as cinema, contemporary art, animation, television, streaming, video games among others. With this issue we would like to encourage critical inquiry into film and its interactions with these practices and to acknowledge that there is no longer a dominant paradigm of methodologies used to study film, but, as Miriam Hansen puts it, there exists a “healthy eclecticism” (Hansen, 2012) of theories and methodologies ranging from narratology and phenomenological approaches to new modes of practice-based research such as the documentary filmmaking, for example. Moreover, we are looking for contributions that both share and test new methodologies of analysis but can also discuss and challenge the usefulness of older methodologies in this field of research.
What are the old and new methodologies at work in the current study of film? And what will be the future of Film Studies?
Submissions and review process
Abstracts will be received and reviewed by the Diffractions editorial board. After submission, we will contact the authors of accepted abstracts in order to invite them to submit a full article. However, this does not imply that these papers will be automatically published, There will be a peer-review process that will determine whether papers are publishable with minor or major changes, or if they do not fulfil the criteria for publication.Please send abstracts of 200 to 300 words, and 5-8 keywords by January 17th, 2022 to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Diffractions 6?”, followed by your last name and a short bio.
The full papers should be submitted by April 29th, 2022, through the journal’s platform: https://revistas.ucp.pt/index.php/diffractions/about/submissions. Every issue of Diffractions has a thematic focus but also contains special sections for non-thematic articles. If you are interested in submitting an article that is not related to the topic of this particular issue, please consult the general guidelines available at the Diffractions website at https://revistas.ucp.pt/index.php/diffractions/about/submissions. The submission and review process for non-thematic articles is the same as for the general thematic issue. All research areas of the humanities are welcome.