Call for Papers: Disciplinarity and Social Control in Early Media
I am currently accepting submissions for a special issue of Early Popular Visual Culture, to be published in 2015 on the topic of disciplinarity and social control in Early Media. Papers may relate to media and visual culture generally or to a particular technology or cultural practice. These may include papers relating to early cinema, media technology, optical toys and image distribution or to particular control strategies of the period and their relationship, with or depiction in, visual culture.
Control and visual media has received significant critical attention in recent years, but is concerned mostly with recent technological developments (such as digital and new media, wireless network and image distribution). This volume will provide a unique and valuable contribution to critical scholarship on control and the media by considering some of the conclusions offered by recent literature in the context of visual culture in the late nineteenth century (roughly 1882-1915, although I am happy to receive relevant papers from outside this period).
Contemporary control scholars argue that the recent proliferation in digital media technologies can be taken as a departure from earlier disciplinary strategies by supplanting the direct application of force (through internment, policing, serialisation, timetabling, etc.) with a distributed and non-applied power that controls people by manipulating their information (see, for example, Deleuze, Virilio, Steigler, Galloway, etc.). Post-industrial control reduces the world to an abstract network of information and images.
The industrial and disciplinary periods are generally taken by these scholars as marking a previous system of power and governance, but receive little serious attention. This volume will address this period in order to determine the evolution of disciplinary and control strategies in an era of similarly significant media transformations. Cinema and media scholarship has already begun to address the problem of control and discipline in this period. Jonothan Crary's The Techniques of the Observer, Mary Ann Doane's The Emergence of Cinematic Time and Lisa Cartwright's Screening the Body all demonstrate a transformation in visual technologies and their impact on political visibility, control and disciplinary techniques in the new age of mechanical media.
Contributors are invited to explore this period in light of the findings of recent control scholarship or to demonstrate the particular strategies and implications within this period itself. I am interested in receiving papers that explore this topic from both theoretical and historical perspectives.
Suggested papers may include, but are not limited to:
The use of visual media in discipline and control
Responses to recent scholarship on control and new media in the context of nineteenth century visual culture
Discipline and control in early cinema
Representations of discipline and control in popular visual culture
Medical cinema and the control of life
Media, technology and policing
Industrialism and control strategies
Degeneracy in visual culture
Poverty, control and visual culture
The mechanical control of time
Intermediality and media convergence
Contributors are welcome to propose alternative topics within the broad interests of the volume.
Submissions may be up to 10,000 words long and should follow the journal style (please see http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=repv20&page=instructions).
Submissions should be sent as a Word document to RobertsPL@cardiff.ac.uk. I am happy to receive both abstract proposals and completed work and will gladly provide more information on the project or informally discuss possible submissions upon request.
Deadline for abstracts or expressions of interest is 1st December 2013.
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