Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Introducing REFRAME: Open-Access and Multimedia Publishing in Media, Film and Music Studies

The above video (made by Catherine Grant) frames a substantial interview, which took place on September 26, with Rosalind Galt, author of PRETTY: Film and the Decorative Image (Columbia University Press, 2011). PRETTY has just won the inaugural award from the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies for the Best Film, TV and Screen Studies Book in 2011. Galt talks in detail about the research that led to her book, some of the filmmakers and critical theory that inspired and informed her work, and where her research is going next.

 The video (originally published here) is, hopefully, an example of a nimble and responsive approach to academic publishing in the online context. Film and media studies research can very usefully, accessibly and engagingly be disseminated, without 'dumbing down', in shareable multimedia formats which, increasingly, are taking their full (digital) place alongside books and peer-reviewed journal articles.

Film Studies For Free's author has a little Open Access publishing sideline going on these days - one of the reasons why it's possibly got a bit quieter at this blog. She's the editor of REFRAME, a new academic digital platform for the online practice, publication and curation of internationally produced research and scholarship. While Film Studies For Free will definitely carry on doing what it's doing for the foreseeable future, the new project should also be of interest to many FSFF readers.

REFRAME's subject specialisms—media, film and music— are also those of its publisher, the School of Media, Film and Music (MFM) at the University of Sussex, UK. REFRAME is managed by an editorial board composed of MFM faculty, graduate researchers, and other University of Sussex associates, and it is supported by an international advisory board.

It aims to offer a range of scholarly and related creative and critical content – from relatively ephemeral or responsive forms of research output (project blogs, online film and video festivals, conferences and symposia, and audio and video podcasts) through to fully peer-reviewed online serials and monographic publications, and digital archives and assemblages.

REFRAME channels its content through a dynamic portal website that links to and publicises its multiple components. It is also active across a range of social media. Its open access ethos is underpinned by a commitment to interacting with its audiences wherever possible.

It is hoped that REFRAME will go on to provide an innovative, engaging and productive environment for audiovisual, audio and visual, and written digital humanities or ‘Digital-First’ research, scholarship and publishing in media, film and music, including the production, curation and online archiving of experimental work and research by practice. Please contact REFRAME if you would like to suggest a research or publishing project for its consideration, publicise a related online initiative or website, or offer any feedback.

REFRAME launched in Autumn 2012 with the below projects.

FSFF hopes that you will enjoy them, and maybe even contribute to them, or to other REFRAME publications in the future!
GLOBAL QUEER CINEMA A collaborative research project engaged in investigating queer film cultures from a global perspective and analysing world cinema from a queer point of view. Read more 
(GQC is on Twitter and Facebook. Its RSS feed is here)

SEQUENCE Serial studies in media, film and music. Read more about its experimental format here.
(SEQUENCE is on Twitter and Facebook. Its RSS feed is here)

The first 'sequence' of the Inaugural Issue of SEQUENCE is a substantial and brilliant article -- "MELANCHOLIA or, The Romantic Anti-Sublime" -- by Steven Shaviro.
(SEQUENCE is on Twitter and Facebook. Its RSS feed is here)

The REFRAME[D] blog with its video and audio podcasts on media, film and music studies research, and weekly roundups of research news, events and links.
(REFRAME and REFRAME[D] are on Twitter and Facebook. Their RSS feed is here)

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