MIRAJ Journal: Call for Papers

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Moving Image Review & Art Journal
Call for papers
Deadline: 12th July 2013

The Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ) is the first peer-reviewed publication devoted to artists’ film and video, and its contexts. It is published twice a year in print by Intellect Books in collaboration with the University of the Arts London. MIRAJ offers a widely distributed international forum for debates surrounding all forms of artists’ moving image and media artworks.

The editors invite contributions from art historians and critics, film and media scholars, curators, and, not least, practitioners. We seek pieces that offer theories of the present moment but also writings that propose historical re-readings. We welcome essays that:

  • re-view canonical works and texts, or identify ruptures in the standard histories of artists’ film and video;
  • discuss the development of media arts, including the history of imaging technologies, as a strand within the history of art;
  • address issues of the ontology and medium-specificity of film, video and new media, or the entanglement of the moving image in a ‘post-medium condition’;
  • attempt to account for the rise of projected and screen-based images in contemporary art, and the social, technological, or political-economic effects of this proliferation;
  • investigate interconnections between moving images and still images; the role of sound; the televisual; and the interaction of the moving image with other elements including technology, human presence and the installation environment;
  • analyse para-cinematic or extra-cinematic works to discover what these tell us about cinematic properties such as temporal progression or spectatorial immersion or mimetic representation;
  • explore issues of subjectivity and spectatorship;
  • investigate the spread of moving images beyond the classical spaces of the cinema and galleries, across multiple institutions, sites and delivery platforms;
  • consider the diverse uses of the moving image in art: from political activism to pure sensory and aesthetic pleasure, from reportage to documentary testimony, from performativity to social networking;
  • suggest new methods of theorizing and writing the moving image.

We welcome work that intersects with other academic disciplines and artistic practices.

We encourage writing that is lucid without compromising intellectual rigour.

We publish the following types of writing: scholarly articles (5000–8000 words); opinion pieces, feature articles and interviews (3000 words); review essays of books, individual works, exhibitions and events (2000–3500 words). Scholarly articles will be blind peer-reviewed and feature articles and review essays can be peer-reviewed on request. All writings should propose a central idea or thesis argued through a discussion of the work under review.

For issue 3.1, Scholarly Articles and Review Essays are unthemed and open to any submissions within the aims and scopes of MIRAJ. The Features section will include themed articles on ‘Institutions’ and welcomes submissions that address the broad resonances of this theme in artists’ moving image, including but not limited to: the role of art schools and other educational establishments in the production, distribution, and exhibition of artists’ moving image; case studies of particular institutions; the challenges film labs and co-operatives face in a digital era; the role of the academy; informal institutions; first-hand reflections on working in a particular institutional context; the relationship between experimental film and moving image practices in the gallery as modes of production.

All submissions should be in English and adhere to the Intellect Style Guide.

Please submit completed manuscripts only. Send all contributions and proposals by e-mail in DOC or RTF format to the Editorial Assistant: [email protected]