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Humanities in Transition

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 24, 2016 - 6:41pm

Humanities in Transition
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What comprises "visual and/or media studies" exactly?

"Visual media studies"-- if that is what we are going to call it -- sits in a deep well under layer upon layer of literary theory. "Visual and media studies" may as well be re-named "literary theory with a nod to the visual". So film studies, it appears, has fallen back as literature, culture, visuality and/or media have ensconced it entirely, and we forget to ask why.

Narratology presumes generality about how narratives function across media. This presumption has not been adequately justified however. In other words, we do not know as much as we think we know about how films tell –or show—stories. Narratology was established on the assumption that the structure of literary narratives is paradigmatic...but is it?

In this issue of the journal, we look at:

-what is working and what isn't in contemporary visual/media studies?
-what new approaches do you suggest?

and related questions, such as:
-is cinema "a language?"
-what is adaptation and what is translation? How are they the same / different?

We look forward to this forthcoming first issue.

Submitted by snehadc on March 23, 2017 - 6:25am.

Couldn’t find the guidelines but I’ll submit my paper once it is ready, I guess I missed the deadline by a mile. The subjects I propose are for educational, recreational and domestic purposes. While the conference in Europe was interesting, I couldn’t attend and was hoping to get some background information. My full paper can be found on my blog!

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Submitted by WilliamRose (not verified) on February 9, 2017 - 8:40am.

What I like the most about visual media studies that going through your course students and all willing people will have ability to compose and talk well, the capacity to ponder contrasting media and methods of correspondence, the capacity to perceive quality in composed, visual, and sight and sound writings along with it I learnt how to write my papers - these are wide based, adaptable aptitudes that advance our graduates' lives. Additionally, these same aptitudes offer graduates the apparatuses that they have to flourish in callings altered by quickly developing correspondence advances.

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