Call for Proposals:

Spring 2018

It has been almost five decades since Gene Youngblood’s groundbreaking book from 1970, Expanded Cinema, opened a new, ‘expanded’ way of looking at moving image culture. Youngblood is generally credited with establishing the field of “media arts,” his thinking encompassing not only film and video as art forms, but new technologies and processes as well, such as computer art, cybernetics, holography, inter-media and mass media, special effects and synaesthetics.  In the past decade, Kate Mondloch’s concept of “screen subjectivity” has emerged to further extend the boundaries of Youngblood’s sense of “expanded cinema” in theory and practice (Screens: Viewing Media Installation Art, 2010), while Jackie Hatfield has also been influential in redefining cinema in the digital era to signify a “wide-ranging historical and philosophical discourse,” rather than “film” per se. “A cinematic configuration,” she writes, could involve inter-media, performance, spectacle, video, art and technology in addition to film, and could be located within the ‘black box’ of the theatre or the ‘white cube’ of the gallery (Expanded Cinema: Art, Performance, Film, Ed. A.L. Rees, 2011, 262).  In addition, while Janine Marchessault and Susan Lord have explored this explosion of the screen outward, “toward immersive, interactive, interconnected forms of culture” (Fluid Screens, Expanded Cinema, 2007, 7) from a uniquely Canadian perspective, the Canadian Journal of Film Studies/Revue Canadienne d’études cinématographiques, has itself also produced a dossier of four articles on expanded screens on such topics as home video, video arcades and iphone cultures (20:2, 2011).

In furthering this important work in the Canadian context, this special issue of CJFS/RCDC wishes to focus with particular emphasis on the intersections between art and film across our expanded screen cultures.  As Andrew Uroskie has observed, as the moving image “enters and transforms the space of contemporary art,” its now “heterogeneous and often ambivalent location” in the gallery and beyond is an issue at the forefront for leading screen scholars, curators, and immersive installation artists (Screen/Space: The Projected Image in Contemporary Art, Ed. Tamara Trodd, 2001, 145).

This special issue, “Curating Expanded Cinema in Canada,” invites papers which examine and elucidate, from coast to coast to coast, the flow of images across platforms, screens and spaces as they deconstruct traditional cinema into its component elements (light, sound, image, performance, etc.), reconfigure the screen in the gallery and beyond (in installations, at festivals, in urban public spaces, on heritage buildings and sites, in landscapes, etc.) and immerse audiences in new relationships of “presence with the image” (Jan Holmberg, Cinemas: Journal of Film Studies, 14:1, 2003, 129).  Topics could include leading Canadian artists working in the field of expanded cinema/expanded screens/screen subjectivities (such as Janet Cardiff, Dana Claxton, Stan Douglas, Atom Egoyan, Kent Monkman, among others); emerging and alternative Canadian artists whose work embodies these thematics;  and ongoing work in local to national curatorial projects and events, large or small, across Canada (such as nuit blanches, individual or collaborative programs and activities), whether contemporary or historical.

Scholars and curators are strongly encouraged to include visual support materials with their contributions, while artists are strongly encouraged to frame and contextualize their contributions with academic concepts and analysis. 


a) Proposals:

Please email proposals of 300 to 500 words, including a 100 to 150 word bio, to the Special Issue Editor:

Deadline: October 15, 2016

The Special Issue Editor will reply with acceptances by October 30, 2016. 

b) Essays:

If your proposal is accepted to go forward, please follow these parameters:

  • Papers should be 5000 to 6250 words in length (20-25 pages) in either English or French. 
  • Double-space throughout, including indented quotations and endnotes.  Pages should be numbered. The author’s name should appear only on a separate title page.  Citations should be placed in automated endnotes in the format recommended in the Chicago Manual of Style. Submissions, accompanied by a 100-150 word abstract and brief bio should be sent as email attachments in MS Word to:


Deadline: May 1, 2017

Please include any images separately, as well as embedded in the submission, as high-resolution (300-dpi) files. Label them as consecutive figures (in the style of: Fig. 1: Caption) and include caption and full credit. It is the responsibility of authors to obtain image permissions and copyright.


Papers will be reviewed by the Special Issue Editor, and then individually double-blind reviewed by readers through the standard review process of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Film Studies/Revue Canadienne d’études cinématographiques.

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