Camera Obscura

Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies 

Camera Obscura

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Journal Current volume: 36 Frequency: Three issues annually
Camera Obscura provides a forum for scholarship and debate on feminism, culture, and media studies. The journal encourages contributions in areas such as the conjunctions of gender, race, class, and sexuality with audiovisual culture; new histories and theories of film, television, video, and digital media; and politically engaged approaches to a range of media practices.


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Editorial Office:
Camera Obscura
Department of Film and Media Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4010
805-893-8630 (fax)

Lalitha Gopalan, University of Texas at Austin
Lynne Joyrich, Brown University
Homay King, Bryn Mawr College
Bliss Cua Lim, University of California, Irvine
Constance Penley, University of California, Santa Barbara
Tess Takahashi, York University
Patricia White, Swarthmore College
Sharon Willis, University of Rochester

Managing Editor:
Sarah Lerner

Editorial Assistants:
Charlotte Orzel
Anita Raychawdhuri
Megan Reilly

Advisory Editors:
Paula Amad
Aubrey Anable
Joanne Bernardi
Shohini Chaudhuri
Michelle Cho
Rey Chow
Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
Mary Desjardins
Mary Ann Doane
Rosa-Linda Fregoso
Bishnupriya Ghosh
Jennifer González
Elena Gorfinkel
Roger Hallas
Amelie Hastie
Jennifer Horne
Dina Iordanova
Ana López
Yosefa Loshitzky
Kathleen McHugh
Mandy Merck
Meaghan Morris
Frances Negrón-Muntaner
Kathleen Newman
Lisa Parks
B. Ruby Rich
Julie Levin Russo
Ella Shohat
Janet Staiger
Sasha Torres
Mimi White

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Camera Obscura seeks essays (6,500–9,000 words, including endnotes) that engage with current academic and popular discourses in feminism, culture, and media studies. The journal encourages contributions in areas such as the conjunctions of gender, race, class, and sexuality with audiovisual culture; new histories and theories of film, television, video, and digital media; and politically engaged approaches to a range of media practices. We encourage potential contributors to browse recent issues of the journal for examples of the types of scholarship we currently seek.

Camera Obscura is also interested in short pieces (750–2,500 words) on current media practices, practitioners, resources, events, or issues for the section "In Practice: Feminism/Culture/Media." The editors encourage authors to use the short format to experiment with form in a critical context. The section includes solicited contributions and open submissions, with the intention of enriching dialogue between feminist media scholarship and the practices—production, distribution, exhibition, organizing, curating, archiving, research, etc.—that sustain it.

Please submit an electronic copy of the manuscript (as a Microsoft Word email attachment) with a cover letter to the managing editor at Manuscripts should be double-spaced and use endnotes. Authors should declare all sources of funding (if applicable) in the cover letter. Camera Obscura's documentation style follows The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed., chap. 14.

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ISSN: 0270-5346
e-ISSN: 1529-1510