Call for proposals: Hands On History

We seek proposals for a small number of original essays to include in Hands On History, an edited collection focusing on practical and embodied approaches to the history of media technology.

The collection explores the relevance of the new methodology of hands on history to the study of media. Forging links between the diverse fields of media studies, history of technology, and media archaeology, this collection brings together current practices in museums and academic research into hands on history in the fields of image-based media. These range across:

  • computer games,
  • photographic history,
  • television and film,
  • professional and domestic practices,
  • industrial production,
  • leisure activities.

We seek proposals for essays of between 5,500 and 6,500 words in length. They may be on Any subject which relates to “hands on” research or practice around the image-based media, broadly defined. The editors will be very happy to discuss and develop proposals in advance of submission.

The collection is under contract with Routledge and will be delivered to the publisher in 2018.

Please send enquiries or a short (approx. 200 words) proposal, along with a CV or resumé, to no later than 10 July 2017. The deadline for submission of accepted proposals will be 13 November 2017.

CFP: Rethinking Film Genres: East Asian Cinema and Beyond

The conference committee of “Rethinking Film Genres: East Asian Cinema and Beyond” has extended its deadline for abstract submissions to 10 May 2017.

Call for Papers

The University of Hull invites researchers and postgraduates to its conference “Rethinking Film Genres: East Asian Cinema and Beyond” (University of Hull, 14-15 September 2017)

Confirmed keynote speakers
Professor Chris Berry, King’s College London
Professor Michael Berry, University of California, Los Angeles
Professor Shaoyi Sun, Shanghai Theatre Academy

What is film genre? Does it still matter in today’s film production, distribution and consumption? How have some film genres become so closely associated with a nation or region, such as Chinese martial arts films, Japanese horror, and Korean melodrama? The fact that genre is widely discussed by the general public suggests that it is still important. However, the examination of genre theory and the scholarly discussion of genres have remained predominantly focussed on Hollywood and European cinemas, as exemplified by the work of scholars such as Thomas Schatz, Steve Neale, Barry Keith Grant, Rick Altman, Belén Vidal, and Antonio Lázaro-Reboll. Despite their rich screen culture and their influence within and beyond the Pacific region, East Asian cinemas remain underexplored. In today’s context of increasingly international filmmaking, we would aim to explore the ways in which film genres underpin cultural translation between East Asia and beyond.

As the theme of ‘ Rethinking Film Genres: East Asian Cinema and Beyond’ suggests, the conference intends not only to celebrate cinematic creativity through the interrogation of the narrative and aesthetics of film genres developed in East Asian (including mainland Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwanese, Japanese, and Korean) cinemas, but also seek to expand scholarly discussion of the rich heritage and fast changing landscape of filmmaking of East Asian cinemas by examining the international co-production and cross-cultural consumption of film genres.

We therefore invite papers based on either theoretical research or on case studies to address any of following themes:
• Narrative, style and aesthetics of various genres of East Asian cinemas (including but not limited to Chinese, Japanese, Korean cinema)
• Film genres and local, regional, national and global identities of East Asian cinemas
• Cross-cultural consumption of East Asian film genres
• Fandom and East Asian film genres
• Creative professionals (e.g. stars, directors, producers, production designers) and film genres of East Asian cinemas
• Cross-border mobility (e.g. talents, finance, ideas) and the development of film genres in East Asian cinemas
• International filmmaking, coproduction and genre crossing between East Asian cinemas and other screen cultures
• Remaking and adaptation of East Asian films
• Sound, music and language (e.g. dubbing, subtitles, dialects) of East Asian film genres
• International distribution and exhibition of East Asian film genres
• Genre as a reflection of cultural flow, social economics, media policies, and political history
• Historical review of film genres in East Asian cinemas

This is not an exhaustive list of thematic strands that we hope to explore at the conference.  We particularly encourage submissions from those whose papers promote cross-disciplinary dialogue and critical debate in area studies, genre theory, film studies, media studies and cultural studies.

Please submit your proposal (maximum 250 words) for a 20 minute presentation, together with a short biography (maximum 50 words) and affiliation information to Dr. Lin Feng at by 10 May 2017.

Decision of abstract acceptance will be released by the end of May.
The conference is to be held at University of Hull, 14-15 September 2017.

CFP: Archive/Anarchive/Counter-Archiv

Colleagues: Please see this updated CFP. Apologies for the cross postings.


CFP: Archive/Anarchive/Counter-Archive

Special issue #57 Public: Art/Culture/Ideas


Charles Merewether has pointed out that the archive in the modern era – official or personal – has “become the most significant means by which historical knowledge and memory are collected, stored, and recovered. The archive has thus emerged as a key site of inquiry in such fields as anthropology, critical theory, history, and, especially, recent art” (Merewether 2006). Theorizations of the archive that have come from feminist and queer scholars have provoked a reconsideration of the authority given the archive and of what the archive contains—the archive is both a contested site and a medium, and, in some cases an artwork (Simone Osthoff 2009). We should not see anarchives or counter-archives as simply oppositional. Brett Kashmere (2010) sees the ‘counter-archive’ as growing out of the digital age. Even if early photography and MI challenged the stability of the archive creating defacto the counter-archive, as Paula Amad argues (2010), the “archival turn” of the 1990s is marked by the rise of ephemeral counter-archival and anarchival practices that bring a heterogeneity and different media and materials into archives along with performance tactics (Eichhorn 2013; Taylor 2003). In the LGBT2Q and feminist communities, archives emerge from collaborative processes that mirror the network and non-profit mode of collective feminist organizing (McKinney 2015), and non-institutional performative approaches to safekeeping history because archival institutions have historically overlooked their value. Counter-archives are ‘an incomplete and unstable repository, an entity to be contested and expanded through clandestine acts, a space of impermanence and play’, while in practice, the counter-archive ‘entails mischief and imagination, challenging the record of official history’ (Kashmere). Both Anarchives and counter-archives can be political, ingenious, resistant, and community based. They are embodied differently and have explicit intention to historicize differently, to disrupt conventional national narratives, to write difference into public accounts. Dylan Robinson has explained how indigenous archives require counter archival approaches that use the tools of art making as social practice to create 21st century indigenous approaches to archives (2017). Archive/Anarchive/Counter-Archive will locate new solidarities in these diverse approaches to history, archives and their activation. We seek critical speculations, scholarly essays and creative projects that engage with the changing nature of history in the age of the post-digital archive. This issue of Public: Art/Culture/Ideas will seek to learn from these new configurations.  Topics can include:

–Case studies of difficult and troubling archives or anarchives

–Theorizing the counter-archive in the 21st century

–Lost archives of diasporic cultures

–Living Archives

–Indigenous Archives

–New approaches to Activating the Archives through Performance

–Archives as pedagogies

–The material cultures of archives

–The generative capacity of archives

–Feminist and Queer Archives

–The database archive and memory

–Visual ecologies of the archive

–Total Archives

–mourning the archive


Abstracts 250 words: June 1st, 2017


Text and project deadline (3-6,000 words): September 1st, 2017


Please send proposal, c.v. and brief bio to:


PUBLIC: Art/Culture/Ideas is a peer-reviewed journal that explores the intersection of visual culture and critical studies. Since 1988, it has served as an intellectual and creative forum that focuses on how aesthetic, theoretical and critical issues intermix. In each themed issue, PUBLIC encourages a broad range of dialogue by bringing together artists, theorists, curators, philosophers, creative writers and historians. For further information, visit


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