Calls for Papers

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FILM PUBLICS RECONSIDERED: Few concepts have been as influential to contemporary film studies as the concept of the public sphere, as theorized by Habermas, Negt and Kluge. Especially as advanced in Miriam Hansen’s Babel and Babylon, the public sphere has been a central way in which film and media scholars have written about the relationships between text, space and the prospects for democratic life. With this special issue, we are seeking work that reassesses the legacy of this framework. Papers may be exemplary applications of the concept of the public sphere (e.g. examining film festivals or non-theatrical exhibition) or may be theoretical surveys and evaluations.

September 1, 2009

STAR PERFORMANCE: Film and media stars are by definition multi-media figures, and evolve as a complex mix of individually embodied- and industrially-generated assemblages of gesture, expression and narrative. This special issue seeks research that specifically addresses the intersection of performance and persona in star-making, and star-sustaining, enterprises. Papers may investigate star performance styles, cross-media manifestations of star personas, and star labour in creative cultural industries.

Deadline for submission for STAR PERFORMANCE
December 1, 2009

EXPANDED SCREENS: The site, situation and occasion of moving image culture is so varied that it can no longer be contained under Gene Youngblood’s groundbreaking category of “expanded cinema.” Accordingly, this special issue will assemble research that explores the outermost boundaries of the implications and consequences of our broadening screen culture. Future cinema, miniaturized formats, clip culture, game aesthetics, and digital moving image circulation are all possible areas of research attention for contributions to this issue.

Deadline for submission for EXPANDED SCREENS
March 1, 2010

As always, we continue to seek high quality research for general topic issues. The CJFS/RCEC is Canada’s leading scholarly venue for moving image studies, refereed using a double-blind review process. We publish innovative research on all topics and formats related to moving image studies. We also regularly publish book reviews.

Complete guidelines for contributors can be found in each issue of the journal as well as on our website at

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Guidelines for Final Copy

This ready-for-reference PDF document is for authors who have work accepted to be published in CJFS/RCEC and explains all of the necessary formatting guidelines for preparing the final copies of articles:

1. Footnotes
2. Special Spelling
3. Image preparation
4. Bibliographies

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About Peer Review

The Canadian Journal of Film Studies / Revue canadienne d’études cinématographiques is Canada's leading peer-reviewed film journal. The peer review process allows for an unbiased evaluation of work, encourages scholarly rigor, fosters a generous scholarly community, and helps us create a journal that actively appraises the current state of Canadian and international film/media scholarship.

Articles are only published after they have been evaluated by a committee of peers. CJFS/RCEC uses a double-blind refereeing process. Suitable submissions are read by at least two anonymous referees. The referees are chosen by our editorial team, and are all noted experts in their fields. Referees are unpaid. CJFS/RCEC also publishes book reviews, cinédocuments, and other general interest works that are vetted and edited by our editorial staff exclusively.

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Info for Contributors

The recommended length for scholarly articles submitted for publication is 7500 words. La Revue publie les manuscrits rédigés en français ou en anglais.

In addition to scholarly articles on film, television, and other moving image media, CJFS/RCEC publishes book reviews and review-essays. Inquiries may be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Other occasional features of CJFS/RCEC are “Ciné-Documents” (rare and archival materials relevant to film study) and “Ciné-Forum” in which we publish short articles (maximum 2500 words) on any topic of interest to film students and scholars. Possible topics include debates on current contributions to film theory, history, criticism, and pedagogy; information about archives, special collections, and other sources for research; commentary on little-known or under-appreciated individuals, organizations, and films; translations; interviews; reviews of DVDs that have particular relevance to archival, critical, or pedagogical aspects of film studies.

CJFS/RCEC uses a double-blind refereeing process. Suitable submissions are read by at least two referees. The journal does not pay contributors; authors will receive a PDF of their published article along with five complimentary copies of the issue in which it appears.

Submission Guidelines

Please respect the following guidelines when submitting to CJFS / RCEC:

1. Double-space throughout, including indented citations and endnotes.

2. Pages must be numbered.

3. Because the peer review process is anonymous, the author’s name should not appear on the document.

4. Citations should be placed in endnotes in the format recommended in The Chicago Manual of Style.

5. Please do not forget a 100-150 word abstract saved as a separate document.

6. Please include a brief bio saved as a separate document.

Submissions may be sent as email attachments (in MS Word or Rich Text Format) to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We're sorry, but we no longer accept hard copy submissions through regular mail.