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    _The Velvet Light Trap_: A Critical Journal of Film and Television. #44,
    Fall 1999
    Beyond the Image:
    Race & Ethnicity in the Media
    Traditionally, the study of film and television has approached the issue of
    race & ethnicity by examining the image on the screen, cataloguing
    characterizations and comparing them to real social conditions. While this
    approach has yielded many fruitful analyses concerning racial & ethnic
    representations, recent interdisciplinary developments have offered new
    theoretical, historical, and critical paradigms that have opened up fresh
    possibilities for conceiving race and ethnicity in relation to the media.
    Concurrently, the topic of race & ethnicity has taken on greater importance
    in scholarly debates of all disciplines, moving from the margins to a more
    central position within academia. In light of these disciplinary shifts,
    _The Velvet Light Trap_ invites papers offering new insights on race &
    ethnicity within film and television studies.
    Possible topics for this issue may include but are not limited to:
    Mainstream Industrial Practices
    * Targeting Racialized Audiences
    * Ghettoization of Ethnic "Others"
    * Co-optation of Marginal Identities
    * Integration of Industry Personnel
    * Production Financing
    * Advertising Strategies
    * Crossover Appeals

    Politics of Representation
    * Social Construction of Race & Ethnicity
    * Intersections with Multiple Axes of Differentiation
    * Immigration & Ethnic Coding
    * Hybrid Identities
    * Whiteness & the Media
    * Racial & Ethnic Borders
    * Diasporic Cultures
    * Displacing Race & Ethnicity
    * Intraracial Issues

    Audiences & Reception
    * Racial Variations of Reception Practices
    * Questions of Taste
    * Transnational Ethnic Identities
    * Audience Feedback & Backlash
    * Exhibition & Geography

    Textual Practices
    * Independent Modes of Production
    * Documentary & Television Journalism
    * Race & the Avant Garde
    * Indigenous Media
    * Music & Racial Politics
    * Race & Genre Studies
    * Visual Style

    Methodological Questions
    * Historiography of Ethnicity
    * Race & Media Pedagogy
    * Ethnographic Practices
    * Redefining Categories of Race & Ethnicity
    * Positioning Race & Ethnicity Research in Academy

    Papers should be between 15 and 25 pages, double-spaced, in MLA style with a
    cover page including the writer's name and contact information. Please send
    four copies of the paper in a format suitable to be sent to a reader
    anonymously. All submissions will be refereed by the journal's Editorial
    Advisory Board. For more information or questions, contact Chris Becker
    (608-256-3740, or Jason Mittell (608-246-3020, Submissions are due September 15, 1998, and
    should be sent to:

    _The Velvet Light Trap_
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Department of Communication Arts
    821 University Avenue
    Madison, Wisconsin USA 53706-1497

    _The Velvet Light Trap_ is an academic, peer-reviewed journal of film and
    television studies. The journal is published bi-annually in March and
    September by the University of Texas Press. Issues are edited alternately
    by graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin and the University
    of Wisconsin-Madison. The Editorial Advisory Board includes such notable
    scholars as Rhona Berenstein, Matthew Bernstein, Manthia Diawara, Herman
    Gray, Henry Jenkins, Lynne Joyrich, George Lipsitz, Charles Musser, Chon
    Noriega, and Lynn Spigel.


    JAY RUBY - Temple University - PO Box 128, Mifflintown, PA 17059
    fax - 717-436-9559 voice - 717-436-9502

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