Issue 7.2

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1. Editorial Collective — Introduction

2. Benjamin Ogrodnik — Super 8 Chic: The Collison of Small Gauge Film, Visual Ethnography and Filmic Portraiture in Peggy Ahwesh’s Pittsburgh Trilogy (1983)

3. Alena Strohmaier, Lea Spahn — Intra-Active Documentary: Phillip Scheffner’s Havarie and New Materialist Perspectives on Migrant Cinema

4. Léa Le Cudennec — “We deserve better”: Tumblr Fandoms and the Fan Activist’s Fight for Better Representations of Queer Characters on TV

5. Dylan Cree — No Laffing Matter: The Laugh Track as More than a Function of Discourse

Reviews Section

6. Luke Robinson — Joshua Neves and Baskar Sarkar (eds). Asian Video Cultures

7. Matthew Ellis — Lee Grieveson. Cinema and the Wealth of Nations

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7.1 Double Issue: High, Low and Everything in Between & Les Aventuriers de l’art moderne

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High, Low and Everything in Between: The Birth and Death of Labels in Film Studies

1. Isabelle Lefebvre, Philippe Bédard — Introduction

2. Chelsey Crawford — Forging an Artifact through Artifice: Manufacturing History in the Digital Age

3. Sasha Crawford-Holland — Humanitarian VR Documentary and its Cinematic Myths

4. Kristi Kouchakji — There’s No Such Thing As Bad Publicity: Using Stunts to Sell Genocide Film

5. Sylvain Lavallée — Devenir Tom Cruise, de l’argentique au numérique (Français)

6. Jordan Adler — Extreme Cinema: The Transgressive Rhetoric of Today’s Art Film Culture by Mattias Frey (book review)

7. David Leblanc — Reassembling the Ruined Archive: A Ludology of Her Story as Archival Practice

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CFP: 8.1 Becoming Environmental: Media, Logistics, and Ecological Change

Synoptique is inviting submissions for an upcoming special issue entitled “Becoming Environmental: Media, Logistics, and Ecological Change.” The focus of this issue will be on the increasing entanglements of global economies of extraction and the circulation of media. The title of this issue is inspired by Jennifer Gabrys’ “becoming environmental” of sensory technologies (2016), where computational media becomes constitutive to the very environment, and subject formation within it, rather than simply operating in the environment as a backdrop. We propose to expand this imperative to the distinctive ways media—from computation, infrastructures, screens, technologies of circulation, and different modes of visualization—become environmental, remaining attentive to how these emerging human/nonhuman relations are constantly reconfigured, if not naturalized, via the state, global market, or other ideological projects.

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6.1 Institutionalizing Moving Image Archival Training


The aim of this special issue is to develop a better understanding of the social, political, and cultural forces that have shaped and defined archival training in the past and present and nourish continued critical reflection. More than the institutionalization of established “best practices,” archival training’s different departmental homes within the humanities, social sciences, and sciences indicate differences in ontological and epistemological conceptualization of moving images and their role in culture. Interventions in the field of archival studies provide answers to these questions by offering insights into the multifarious turns and directions that the field has taken in the past few decades, and where it may go in the future.

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