Call for papers: a special issue on "Spectatorship in Popular Film and Television" in The Journal of Popular Film and Television.
Audiences, reception studies, fan culture -- these topics claim an increasingly prominent aspect of film and television studies. How do social and cultural factors influence the ways in which viewers (past and present) understand what they see on the screen? The JPFT seeks essays for a theme issue on spectatorship in film and television. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
*Who have been the audiences for film and television in general, or for certain genres? Have audiences changed significantly over time? If so, how? If not, why?
*How have viewers created meanings from the movies and programs they have seen? How are various audience interpretations in conflict or in agreement?
*How is the practice of moviegoing or television watching different for various audiences? How have these customs changed over time, and what are the historical, social and/or behavioral implications of these alternatives?
*How have film exhibitors, television programmers and producers attempted to shape and influence the composition and reaction of their audiences? What socio-cultural, aesthetic, technological and business strategies have they employed? When have particular strategies been successful or unsuccessful and why?
How have fans actively shaped their interests in film and television programs, characters and stars through publications, conventions, and behavior at cult film performances or through other means?
We welcome a wide variety of approaches to spectatorship -- historical frameworks, ethnography, reception studies drawing on psychological, film and literary theory, and media influence studies using a sociological or communication studies perspective.
Submissions should be no longer than 20 pages and should conform to the MLA style. Send three hard copies (with self-addressed, stamped envelope if return is desired) no later than 31 January 2001 to Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley (address below). Do not submit computer diskettes at this time, and no faxed or emailed submissions, please. Address all inquiries to Professor Fuller-Seeley at the above address, or email (below).
Professor Kathy H. Fuller-Seeley
History Department PO Box 2001
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA 23284
(804)828-9666 Email: email@example.com
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