[Air-L] ***FlowTV.org Special Issue CFP: The Archive***

Alexander Cho alexcho47 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 18 10:30:07 PDT 2010

FlowTV.org CFP: The Archive

Due Date: Friday, May 7, 2010


"Silences enter the process of historical production at four crucial
moments: the moment of fact creation (the making of sources); the moment of
fact assembly (the making of archives); the moment of fact retrieval (the
making of narratives); and the moment of retrospective significance (the
making of history in the final instance)." --Michel-Rolph Trouillot,
"Silencing the Past"

For this special issue, we are soliciting columns that use media archives as
sources and explore archives as objects of study in themselves. In
particular, Flow seeks to problematize the rhetoric of "new," "digital,"
"ephemeral," and "interchangeable" with regard to our multifaceted media
landscape and ask: In what very real ways do we form, practice, and extract
from the archive? How does the archive function as a connection between the
past and the present (and an example of the past's place in the present)?
How does media function in the archive and as an archive? How can archival
study be used to further public knowledge and historical consciousness?
Which voices are filtered out, and which gain admission to the archive? What
about the "unarchivable" -- affective, unwriteable, experiential?

In a sense, this special issue will itself be an archive: What is the
current state of the mass-mediated past?

Some possible subjects include:

Social media as archive
Film preservation
The actor's, producer's and director's archive
Queer temporalities and media practices
Trauma, public memory, media
News gathering
The Internet as archive and archiving the Internet
DVDs as television archives
Mobile technology as archive
Reproducibility across media
TV networks as archives--TV Land/Nick at Nite, ESPN Classic, AMC, History
Popular media in national or official archives

Flow has a longstanding policy of encouraging non-jargony, highly readable
pieces and ample incorporation of images and video. Please send submissions
(attached as a Word doc) of between 1000-1500 words to
flowtveditor at gmail.com no later than May 7, 2010. Images must be accompanied
by a hyperlink to their original source on the web or other image credits.

FlowTV.org is the University of Texas at Austin, Department of
Radio-TV-Film's journal of television and new media.

Alexander Cho
Co-Coordinating Editor, FlowTV.org
Doctoral Student
University of Texas at Austin
Department of Radio-TV-Film

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