The politics of tangibility surrounding media studies are constantly changing. Is film no longer a tangible medium due to the advent of digital capture and projection? Has television ever been a tangible format? How does one go about speaking of the tangible or intangible nature of new media, with its many virtual constructs? At the same time that mass media are slipping into nebulosity they are also arguably more tangible than at any point before. Video games are becoming more tangible with the introduction of the sensation of touch. And today, one can carry the entire means of media production – through post-production to exhibition – in a back pocket. What are the implications of this new tangibility for media-making? How does the tangible relate to conceptions of (media) materiality? What are the historical and archeological dimensions of the (new) tangibility of media?
From Lisa Cartwright’s consideration of the hands of the projectionist through Antonia Lant’s essay on haptical cinema to Jennifer Barker’s book The Tactile Eye – even through contemplations of the humanities in general as ‘soft’ sciences – we are interested in exploring the tangibility (or intangibility) of media studies in this special section of the Autumn 2012 volume of NECSUS. In addition to essays themed on tangibility NECSUS is also considering essays on a wide variety of issues related to media studies, in addition to reviews of all types (conferences, festivals, exhibits, books, websites, etc.). We look forward to receiving abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short biography of no more than 150 words by 31 March 2012 at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NECSUS is an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal of media studies published by Amsterdam University Press in partnership with NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies). The journal is multidisciplinary and strives to bring together the best work in the field of media studies across the humanities and social sciences. We aim to publish research that matters and that improves the understanding of media and culture inside and outside the academic community. Find us online at: www.necsus-ejms.org