Opportunities to Connect with Feminist Media Histories at #SCMS18

With the annual meeting of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies happening this week in Toronto, conference attendees are invited to connect with Feminist Media Histories at the following in-person events, and at @FemMediaHist and Facebook for free article downloads throughout the conference.

SCMS Women’s Caucus Graduate Student Writing Prize

Don’t miss the announcement of this year’s prize winner at the SCMS Women’s Caucus meeting on Thursday, March 15 at 4:00-5:45pm (Simcoe/Dufferin).

In recent years, Feminist Media Histories has been delighted to partner with the SCMS Women’s Caucus to co-sponsor the SCMS Women’s Caucus Graduate Student Writing Prize, an award that recognizes outstanding scholarship in feminist media history.

We’re celebrating the presentation of the award by offering free access to the winning article of the 2016 Writing Prize:

“Television’s ‘Mr. Moms’: Idealizing the New Man in 1980s Domestic Sitcoms”
Bridget Kies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


Meet the Editor: Shelley Stamp (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Visit FMH Editor Shelley Stamp at the UC Press booth on Friday, March 16 from 10:00-11:00am to discuss publishing your work in the journal.

Whether or not you are attending #SCMS18, follow FMH on Twitter (FemMediaHist) and Facebook for news about ongoing free article downloads. In particular, FMH is celebrating Women’s History Month and #SCMS18 by freeing one FMH article for 48 hours every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month of Month. Follow along to catch free downloads during #SCMS18 and beyond!

UC Press at SCMS in Toronto

We are looking forward to the annual conference for the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, convening this week in Toronto.

Visit Our Booth

Browse new titles and save 40% online with discount code 17E3831, or request an exam copy for consideration to use in your upcoming classes.

Film Quarterly is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Come pick up a copy of the journal’s new March issue, the first issue for the 2018 anniversary year.

Meet Our Editors

Raina Polivka, Acquisitions Editor for our Cinema and Media Studies lists, will be in the booth daily (Thursday, March 15–Saturday, March 17) from 4–5 pm.

Shelley Stamp, Editor for both the Feminist Media Histories journal and Feminist Media Histories book series, will be in the booth on Friday, March 16 from 10–11am.

The Feminist Media Histories book series publishes feminist histories of film, radio, television, video, playable media and digital culture across a range of periods and global contexts. Inter-medial and trans-national in its approach, the series features historical scholarship on an array of 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century media, examining the historical roles gender and sexuality have played in film, video, audio, and digital technologies, while documenting the engagement of women and LGBTQ communities with these media as audiences and consumers, as creators and executives, as critics, writers and theorists, as technicians and laborers, and as educators, activists and librarians.

Ruby Rich, Editor for Film Quarterly, will be in the booth on Thursday, March 15 from 3–4 pm, and Regina Longo, Associate Editor for Film Quarterly, will be in the booth on Friday, March 16 from 2–4 pm.

Jean Ma, Series Co-Editor (with Jim Buhler) for California Studies in Music, Sound, and Media will be at the conference actively seeking proposals.

The California Studies in Music, Sound, and Media series offers scholarship on music and sound in film, television, games, music video, advertising, radio, and new media, in order to promote innovative approaches to the theory and history of media. The aim of the series is to take music and sound as a springboard for rethinking key concepts in media studies, for forging connections across media and disciplines, and for building a global, context-specific knowledge of media history. Topics include studies of the integrated soundtrack; audio-visual poetics; industries and practices of music and sound; technologies of sound reproduction and representation; histories and phenomenologies of listening; and voice, corporeality, and affect.

Richard Abel, Giorgio Bertellini, and Matthew Solomon are Series Editors for a brand new book series, Cinema Cultures in Contact. Giorgio Bertellini will be in Toronto.

The Cinema Cultures in Contact series publishes single- or co-authored books that examine cinematic exchanges across borders through rigorous, original studies of specific instances of movement, transaction, translation, displacement, exchange, encroachment, and/or other modes of “contact” between cinemas in two or more national contexts. Books in the series are engaged with primary sources and current scholarly discourse in at least two different languages. Proposals to the series should be transnationally oriented not only in terms of subject matter, but also in terms of methodologies, references, evidence, and argumentative scope.

The series’ advisory board includes Nilo Couret (University of Michigan); Manishita Dass (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK); Kay Dickinson (Concordia University, Canada); Frieda Ekotto (University of Michigan); Aniko Imre (USC); Rielle Navitski (University of Georgia); Markus Nornes (University of Michigan); Masha Salazkina (Concordia University, Canada); Laura Isabel Serna (USC); Johannes von Moltke (University of Michigan); and Zhen Zhang (NYU).

Watch this space for more SCMS-related news throughout the week.

Feminist Media Histories Celebrates Women’s History Month 2018

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Feminist Media Histories will be highlighting articles from past issues, all of which document rich histories of women’s engagement with a range of media across diverse global contexts in key historical moments. Each Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month of March one FMH article will be free to download for 48 hours.

We begin with Annie Fee’s article on “les midinettes révoluntionnaires,” activist, working-class young women in 1920s Paris who were also avid cinema-goers. Other articles featured this month will trace modern womanhood in Egyptian melodrama, female stand-up comedy on 1960 and 70s TV, Italian antifascist filmmaker Cecilia Mangini, pinup photographer Bunny Yeager, women’s labor in the Japanese anime industry, and much more.

Featured articles highlight the range of special issues published by FMH, including recent issues on Labor, Comedy, Data, and Middle Eastern Media.

Follow Feminist Media Histories on Facebook and Twitter to catch every free download this month. And watch for future special issues devoted to Comics, Asian Media, Transnational Broadcasting, and Adult Media.

—Shelley Stamp, Editor of Feminist Media Histories, UC Santa Cruz

Must-Read Issues for the National Women’s Studies Association Conference

This week, the National Women’s Studies Association is convening in Baltimore for its 40th annual conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “40 YEARS AFTER COMBAHEE: Feminist Scholars and Activists Engage the Movement for Black Lives.” Whether or not you are attending #NWSA17, we invite you to read the following recent issues of DCQR and a virtual issue of FMH, all free for a limited time.


DCQR’s Black Feminist Thought Issue
Vol. 5 No. 3, Fall 2016

DCQR’s Black Girlhood Issue
Vol. 6 No. 3, Fall 2017



Departures in Critical Qualitative Research (formerly Qualitative Communication Research) publishes innovative, experimental, aesthetic, and provocative works on the theories, practices, and possibilities of critical qualitative research. Departures is a forum for scholars in diverse disciplines to converse on, contest, and creatively reimagine the form, purpose, and mission of their work. The journal seeks works charting scholarly and theoretical developments in critical qualitative research, exemplars of methodological innovation, and inventive demonstrations of research as an aesthetic intervention and mode of critique. To subscribe to and/or learn more about the journal, visit http://dcqr.ucpress.edu/.

Special Virtual Issue: Race and Women of Color Feminism in Media Histories

We are pleased to offer this selection of articles from Feminist Media Histories to celebrate the National Women’s Studies Association’s 40th anniversary conference, “40 Years after Combahee: Feminist Scholars and Activists Engage the Movement for Black Lives.”  These articles represent some of the best new work on race and women of color feminism in media histories. Scholars in this special suite of articles examine a variety of media across a range of global contexts to demonstrate the central role that gender plays in media histories and cultures.


Must-read articles for LGBTQ History Month

In celebration of LGBTQ History Month this October, enjoy free access to articles from Feminist Media Histories, a journal that examines the role gender has played in media technologies across a range of historical periods and global contexts. These must-read articles will be freely available throughout the month of October.

"Poster for Club de femmes (1936)." (From article)
Poster for Club de femmes (1936). (From article)

Proto-Queer Media Criticism: “Cinema Ramblings” from an RKO Secretary
Candace Moore
(Vol. 1, No. 1, Winter 2014)

Lisa Ben’s “Cinema Ramblings” in the 1940s underground publication Vice Versa mark some of the first media reviews to focus on homosexual themes, representations, and subtexts from a self-proclaimed lesbian perspective. While still largely unknown, the critical lenses and stylistic methods she employed set a precedent for the kind of radical queer media criticism that reviewers engage in today.

Mod Pop Methods: This Year’s Girl
Quinlan Miller
(Vol. 1, No. 1, Winter 2014)

This article reconstructs queer popular culture as a way of exploring media production studies as a trans history project. Miller argues that queer and trans insights into gender are indispensable to feminist media studies. The article looks at The Ugliest Girl in Town series (ABC, 1968–69), a satire amplifying a purported real-life fad in flat chests, short haircuts, and mod wigs, to restore texture to the everyday landscape of popular entertainment.

"Figure 5. FIGURE 5 11, 3, 5, 9, Lesbians are mighty fine' in Home Movie." (From article)
“11, 3, 5, 9, Lesbians are mighty fine” in Home Movie (1972). (From article)

Lesbian Feminist Cinema’s Archive and Moonforce Media’s National Women’s Film Circuit
Roxanne Samer
(Vol. 1, No. 2, Spring 2015)

This essay offers a microhistory of the feminist film distributor Moonforce Media. Between 1975 and 1980, Moonforce Media built the National Women’s Film Circuit, a lesbian feminist distribution system that circulated preconstituted packages of multigeneric feminist films through as wide a nontheatrical feminist U.S. market as possible.

“Feeling-Images”: Montage, Body, and Historical Memory in Barbara Hammer’s Nitrate Kisses
Alessandra Chiarini
(Vol. 2, No. 3, Summer 2016)

This essay investigates the ways in which Barbara Hammer’s film Nitrate Kisses (1992) traces stories about homosexuality throughout the twentieth century. Inspired both by the concept of “vertical cinema,” as theorized by Maya Deren, and by the historical-philosophical reflections of Michel Foucault and Walter Benjamin, Hammer realizes a montage process in Nitrate Kisses that resurrects a forgotten historical memory through the juxtaposition of archival materials and original images. It is a memory that is reappropriated through the film as an experiential, tactile, and emotional moment.

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“Women in Cinema & Media” – Celebrating SCMS 2016 with Film Quarterly and Feminist Media Histories

To celebrate the 2016 annual conference for the Society for Cinema & Media Studies, which kicks off tomorrow in Atlanta, we are pleased to offer a collection of limited-time free articles from Film Quarterly and Feminist Media Histories that together honor “Women in Cinema & Media.” Enjoy free access to these articles today through the end of the meeting on April 3, and be sure to meet the editors if you are attending the conference!


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Editor: B. Ruby Rich, Associate Editor: Regina Longo, Book Review Editor: Noah Isenberg

*SCMS attendees: Meet the editors on Friday, April 1 (12:15-2:00pm) in Room 205, Second Floor (Hilton Atlanta).



Cover Your Webcam: Unencrypting Laura Poitras’s Citizenfour (Lisa Parks)

Giving Credit to Paratexts and Parafeminism in Top of the Lake and Orange Is the New Black (Kathleen A. McHugh)

The Vulnerable Spectator: Minnie and Me and the Living Girls (Amelie Hastie)

Candida Royalle, 1950–2015 (Constance Penley)

Follow Film Quarterly Facebook and Twitter for updates at #SCMS16 .



Editor: Shelley Stamp, Managing Editor: Christina Corfield

*SCMS attendees: Meet the editors on Thursday, March 31 (11:00am-12:00pm) at the UC Press booth (Hilton Atlanta). Be sure to keep an eye out for the SCMS Women’s Caucus Graduate Student Writing Prize! The 2016 winner will be announced at the SCMS Women’s Caucus meeting on 3/31, and the 2017 contest is now open for submissions.


Something More Than a Seduction Story: Shiga Akiko’s Abortion Scandal and Late 1930s Japanese Film Culture (Chika Kinoshita)

Lesbian Feminist Cinema’s Archive and Moonforce Media’s National Women’s Film Circuit (Roxanne Samer)

Paper Girls: Gender and Materiality in Turn-of-the-Century Outdoor Advertising (Beth Corzo-Duchardt)

Nené Cascallar’s Thirsty Heart: Gender, Voice, and Desire in a 1950s Argentine Radio Serial (Christine Ehrick)

Follow Feminist Media Histories Facebook and Twitter for updates at #SCMS16.

New and notable from SCMS 2015, Montréal, Canada

By Mary Francis, Executive Editor, Cinema & Media Studies

What’s new? That is always the biggest question in an editor’s mind going to big annual conference (right up there with, where can I get a really good espresso?*). As a publisher, there is nothing more gratifying than having a colleague approach our exhibit table with that question. And this year was a doozy for us, with a hot-of-the-press number of Film Quarterly, a new sibling in the journals family, Feminist Media Histories, a set of great interviews with media industry insiders, new translations of Bazin, stellar new books on film sound, cinema and the Parisian avant-garde, amateur film, cinematography, ‘lens and screen arts,’ the life and work of Lois Weber, and much more.


As the publisher who wants to bring more of “what’s new?” to the world the Society for Cinema and Media Studies is a feast of timely possibilities: we are all steeped in audio-visual media every day, and SCMS is a great place to learn about, and understand the many ways that our lives are influenced and affected by it all. As a representative of a progressive university press, always looking for work that explores what it means to be an engaged citizen, this year’s program offered plenty of enticing possibilities: a plethora of ways to understand the performances and genres we consume on screen; grapples with newest ways (legal or not, free or not) to access moving image content; rich introductions to the cutting-edge moving image work in galleries; the in’s and out’s of media industries around the world; thought-provoking work on how and why what we watch is (and isn’t) regulated and controlled and by whom. It was great to see so many panels that addressed teaching: there was a lot of energy dedicated to talking about the best ways to introduce students to great films, to great texts, to important concepts about media literacy, to raise awareness of active and intelligent consumption.

*My answer this year: http://tunnelespresso.ca/