CFP: Special Horror Issue of Mise-en-scene: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration

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Call for Papers
June 6, 2022
British Columbia, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Film and Film History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Humanities, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

Special Call for Papers, Issue 7.2 (Winter 2022)

For its forthcoming issue, Mise-en-scène: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration (MSJ)

invites submissions on a special horror-themed issue that encompass the latest research in film and media studies. Submission categories include feature articles (6,000-7,000 words); mise-en-scène featurettes (1,000-1,500 words); reviews of films, DVDs, Blu-rays or conferences (1,500-2,500 words); undergraduate scholarship (2,000-2,500 words) or video essays (8-10 minute range). All submissions must include a selection of supporting images from the film(s) under analysis and be formatted according to MLA guidelines, 9th edition. Issue 7.2 will be guest edited by Dr. Michael Howarth, Professor of English at Missouri Southern State University, who specializes in film studies, particularly horror and the gothic. For this horror-themed issue, topic areas might include, but are  not limited to, the following:

  • Postmodern Horror
  • Abjection
  • The philosophy and ideology of horror
  • Phantasmal presences
  • Gender and body image
  • Pedagogical approaches to teaching horror
  • The environment and eco-horror
  • Folk horror
  • Adaptations
  • Horror and politics
  • Body horror and/or parasitic horror
  • Slasher films
  • The Other and/or the doppelganger

The deadline for submissions is June 6, 2022. Please sign up as an author through the registration portal to begin the 5-step submission process and visit https:// to learn more about the journal's scope, section policies, and submission guidelines.

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 since 2016, 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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Greg Chan, Editor-in-Chief
Mise-en-scene: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration

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