From the Feeds [01-15-2017]

CFPS of interest from this month’s news feeds:

Ruins: 2017 Media Fields Conference

University of California, Santa Barbara | April 6-7, 2017
Submission deadline: January 15, 2017

The Media Fields Collective invites proposals that address the deteriorations and afterlives of media texts, technologies, and architectures.

Email 250- to 300-word proposals and a brief bio (both in Word format) to by January 15, 2017. For inquiries, contact: Tyler Morgenstern (, Lisa Han (, or Daniel Grinberg (

“Objects in and After Hostility: The Materiality of Conflict” Conference

A two-day conference to be held at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities (March 30-31, 2017).

Deadline for abstract submissions (250 words): January 16, 2017. Submit to:

Somatechnics special journal issue “Cinematic Bodies”

Co-edited by Cáel M. Keegan, Eliza Steinbock, Laura Horak

Deadline for article submissions: March 1st, 2017
Length: 6000 words + 200 word abstract + 150 word author biography
Submission email:
Journal submission details:

Special Issues of Journals

Media War and Conflict Journal, Vol 9, No 3 (December 2016)

Essays in the latest issues address Middle Eastern conflicts and the uses of imagery and social media. The Syrian and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts are particularly prominent.


Excellent pieces on Trumpist populism, activism and, yes, “fake news”

Game Studies: Special Issue on War Gaming, Vol 16, no 2 (December 2016)

Articles examine the “war/game nexus” in a variety of war games, both traditional multiplayer and FPS games and art games.

Journal of 20th Century British HistoryVolume 27 Issue 4 December 2016

Contains a special forum on the commemoration of the First World War in Britain

Special Issue of Media, Culture and Society: The Media and the Military

This issues on “The Media and The Military” was available online for advanced review, but is now available in print. Check it out!

MCS also has an interesting “Virtual Special Issue” on “Media Infrastructures and Empire.”  

Articles of interest from this month’s news feeds:

From Zero to Hero: The CIA and Hollywood Today by Tony Shaw and Tricia Jenkins;

Cinema Journal, Vol. 56, No. 2, Winter 2017, pp. 91-113

La jetée in Historical Time: Torture, Visuality, Displacement by Matthew Croombs;

Cinema Journal, Vol. 56, No. 2, Winter 2017, pp. 25-45

Celebrity power and powers of war: the rise of the COINdinistas in American popular media by Colleen Bell

Critical Military Studies (Jan. 2017)

Normalizing violence through front-line stories: the case of American Sniper by Julien Pomarède

Critical Military Studies (Jan. 2017)

Are Soldiers Morally Exploited? by Michael Robillard and Bradley J. Strawser,

Stockholm Center for The Ethics of War and Peace Blog

As always, the “History Journals” section 

offers a wealth of new scholarship on a range of issues of concern to the SIG, including the First WW, Cold War, British Imperialism, and the cultural mediations of same.

Book Reviews of Interest

Adi Kuntsman and Rebecca Stein, Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age (Stanford UP, 2015) [reviewed by Rikke Bjerg Jensen]

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