Call for Papers – Special Issue of Mise-en-scène on Asian Representation in Film and Television

For its forthcoming themed issue, Mise-en-scène: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration (MSJ) seeks submissions on Asian representation in film and television and the latest research concerning this topic.

Why is it that Asian characters have long been expected to depict stereotypes like the nerdy sidekick, the “exotic” girlfriend, the silent henchman, or the “tiger” mother? Even Asian roles, such as Charlie Chan or Major Kusanagi, have a history of being #WhiteWashedOut by Hollywood. However, recent films produced and starring Asians like Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians seem to be heralding a new era of authenticity in minority representation.

Mise-en-scène welcomes submissions that unpack this theme of Asian representation. Although all submission categories are open to this special call for papers, feature articles (6,000-7,000 words) are of particular interest to our editorial team. Submissions must include a selection of supporting images from the film(s) under analysis and be formatted according to MLA guidelines, 8th edition.

Topic areas may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cinematic aestheticism
  • Film spectatorship
  • Frame narratology
  • Auteur theory
  • Mise-en-scène across the disciplines
  • Pedagogical approaches to film and media studies
  • Adaptation studies
  • Genre, cultural, popular culture, documentary studies
  • Transmedia
  • Fandom studies
  • Seriality

The deadline for submissions is June 3, 2019. Please sign up as an author through the registration portal to begin the five-step submission process.