Special Themed CFP: Mise-en-scene: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration (Volume 4, Number 2 Winter 2019) ASIAN REPRESENTATION MATTERS

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Call for Papers
June 3, 2019
British Columbia, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Asian American History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Film and Film History, Popular Culture Studies, Race Studies

Special Call for Papers, Issue 4.2 (Winter 2019):
Asian Representation Matters


For its forthcoming themed issue, Mise-en-scène: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration (MSJ) seeks submissions on Asian representation in film and television and the latest research concerning this topic. Why is it that Asian characters have long been expected to depict stereotypes like the nerdy sidekick, the “exotic” girlfriend, the silent henchman, or the “tiger” mother? Even Asian roles, such as Charlie Chan or Major Kusanagi, have a history of being #WhiteWashedOut by Hollywood. However, recent films produced and starring Asians like Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians seem to be heralding a new era of authenticity in minority representation. Mise-en-scène welcomes submissions that unpack this theme of Asian representation. Although all submission categories are open to this special call for papers, feature articles (6,000-7,000 words) are of particular interest to our editorial team. Submissions must include a selection of supporting images from the film(s) under analysis and be formatted according to MLA guidelines, 8th edition. Topic areas may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cinematic aestheticism
  • Film spectatorship
  • Frame narratology
  • Auteur theory
  • Mise-en-scène across the disciplines
  • Pedagogical approaches to film and media studies
  • Adaptation studies
  • Genre, cultural, popular culture, documentary studies
  • Transmedia
  • Fandom studies
  • Seriality

The deadline for submissions is June 3, 2019. Please sign up as an author through the registration portal to begin the five-step submission process.



About the Journal

Situating itself in film's visual narrative, Mise-en-scène: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration (ISSN 2369-5056) is the first of its kind: an international, peer-reviewed journal focused exclusively on the artistry of frame composition as a storytelling technique. With its open-access, open-review publishing model, MSJ strives to be a synergistic, community-oriented hub for discourse that begins at the level of the frame. Scholarly analysis of lighting, set design, costuming, camera angles, camera proximities, depth of field, and character placement are just some of the topics that the journal covers. While primarily concerned with discourse in and around the film frame, MSJ also includes narratological analysis at the scene and sequence level of related media (television and online) within its scope. Particularly welcome are articles that dovetail current debates, research, and theories as they deepen the understanding of filmic storytelling. The journal's contributing writers are an eclectic, interdisciplinary mixture of graduate students, academics, filmmakers, film scholars, and cineastes, a demographic that also reflects the journal's readership. Published twice a year by Simon Fraser University, MSJ is the official film studies journal of Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada. It is included in EBSCO’s Film and Television Literature Index.

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