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Call for Papers: ‘New Trends in Italian Cinema and Media’
Inaugural Issue of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies

Editor: Flavia Laviosa, Wellesley College (United States)

The Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies (JICMS) is a new English-language forum for theoretical, methodological and critical debate on Italian film and media production, reception and consumption. It provides a platform for dialogue between academics, filmmakers, cinema and media professionals. This peer-reviewed journal invites submissions of scholarly articles relating to the artistic features, cultural themes, international influence and history of Italian film and media as art forms and industries.  

Within the realm of a post-national and trans-cultural debate, the purpose of the JICMS is to refer to Italy as the unifying geo-cultural site for a contemporary discussion on translocal cinema. The journal aims to elaborate a multifaceted definition of Italian cinema, transcending geo-ethnic land and sea borders and moving away from merely celebratory local cinematic experiences.  

The JICMS intends to revive a critical discussion on the auteurs and celebrate the dynamic role played by new directors, revisit the historiography of Italian cinema, and devote attention to Italophone filmmakers and accented cinema. The journal welcomes contributions which explore the impact of globalization on the Italian film industry, the encounters between cinema and other art forms, the hybridization of film and media aesthetics, the relationships of multimodal communication and inter-medial practices, and the development of innovative transmedia texts and crossmedia narratives.

The JICMS also invites submissions which examine experimental cinema, video art,  short films, long/short feature and documentary animation, original and adapted screenplays, film music (songs and scores), issues of stardom and reception studies. The professional contributions of screenplay writers, art directors, cinematographers, film editors, costume designers and make-up artists are also potential subject areas for submissions.  

Interested contributors should send 500 word abstracts outlining the topic, approach and theoretical bases, relevant bibliography and filmography, and 200 word biographical notes (listing academic publications) to the Editor to the following address: flaviosa@wellesley.edu by October 10, 2011.

Notification of selected abstracts will be sent to authors by October 15, 2011.

Complete essays of 5,000-6,000 words will be due by January 15, 2012.  All papers will undergo anonymous peer-review by the journal’s international board.

Flavia Laviosa is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Italian Studies at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Her research interests are in Italian cinema, esp. women and contemporary directors, Southern Italy and Euro-Mediterranean studies. She is also Guest Editor of a special issue of Studies in European Cinema (8: 3, 2011) and Editor of Visions of Struggle in Women’s Filmmaking in the Mediterranean (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

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