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Synoptique encourages prospective guest editors within and outside Concordia University to propose themed issues on current research trends in Film and Media Studies. We intend to showcase the research taking place at Concordia University, in Montréal, and in the broader international scholarly community.

We welcome proposals for upcoming issues from teams of two or three people who will work in collaboration to curate an issue on a special topic. Guest editors will have the opportunity to shape the overall theme and content of the issue and oversee the publication process alongside Synoptique‘s Editorial Collective. In line with the journal’s collaborative ethos, and in the name of strengthening the ties between Concordia University and other Film and Media departments in Canada and abroad, we strongly encourage collaboration between guest editors from different institutions.

Broad areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to:

  • Distribution/Circulation/(In)Formal Economies of Media 
  • Emergent Media
  • Digital Media
  • Decolonial Media Practices
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Labour and Media Industries
  • Histories and Theories of Political Cinema
  • Indigenous Media
  • Activist Media
  • Anthropological and Ethnographic Approaches to Film and Media
  • Infrastructure and Logistics of Media
  • Political Geographies
  • Media Industries
  • Queer and Feminist Approaches to Digital Culture
  • Non-Institutional Cinemas
  • Technologies
  • Global Television
  • Archival Practices


The guest-editing process entails the following phases:

  • Contact and meet with Synoptique‘s Editorial Collective to pitch a themed issue.
  • Write the Call for Papers and contact potential authors.
  • Assemble a list of prospective books to be reviewed.
  • Vet the selection of all submissions received.
  • Suggest peer-reviewers to the Editorial Collective, who will oversee the external review process.
  • Author the introduction to the issue.
  • Collaborate with an artist to design the issue’s cover art.

If you would like to submit a proposal, please send us a short document outlining your intent (1-2 pages, 750 words max.).

We ask that you include the following in your submission:

  • A short description of your guest editorship team (two or three people).
  • An overview of your chosen topic, its topicality and relevance to the field of film and media studies, and a select bibliography of relevant works.
  • A proposed name for the issue.

Please submit any inquiries and proposals to the attention of the Co-Editors-in-Chief at