Wednesday, September 1, 2010

In Media Res, Two Months In (and the Fall 2010 Call for Curators)

It's been a little over two months since I started serving as Coordinating Editor for In Media Res. Fortunately, I have been blessed with a terrific group of Georgia State grad students to help with the administrative, recruiting and technical tasks. I am pleased with how all is progressing thus far, and we have a (long and growing) list of additional goals for the site that we hope to institute over the course of the next several months.

One of the most immediate changes we have decided to enact involves moving away from individual open submissions to focusing instead solely on theme weeks. We have found that the best conversations can be generated when a group of people are focused on discussing the same topic over the course of the week. We also hope that this set-up can prove valuable pedagogically, as an entire week's conversation might be assigned for a class to read, watch and comment on.

I would love to hear any suggestions you might have regarding additional improvements we can make to the site. In addition, if you have used posts for either teaching or research purposes, please let me know -- it is helpful for us to get a better sense of how the site is used (as well as how you might like to use it in the future). You can email me at aperren at gsu dot edu or through the In Media Res email address (inmediares.gsu at gmail dot com).

Another change we are implementing involves meeting to arrange our schedule on a quarterly basis. Individual In Media Res staff members handle a given week. Each theme week coordinator then decides whether they would like to recruit curators on their own or have their week be part of the general quarterly call. We will meet in early November to plan for our spring schedule, so if you have any ideas for future theme weeks -- or would like to help coordinate one -- please do contact us.

Below the fold are the weeks for the Fall 2010 Schedule for which we are currently accepting proposals from interested curators.

For each individual topic, click on the hyperlink to receive more information on that week’s topic, along with details on how to submit a proposal. We also have added a "Current Calls" tab to the In Media Res site which provides the most up-to-date information. Be sure to check back there regularly for new calls.

September 27 – October 1: Banned Books

October 4-8: Animals in the Media

October 25-29: Branding (call forthcoming)

November 1-5: Regional Elections

November 8-12: Sports & Media: Football/Futbol

November 15-19: The Harry Potter Franchise

December 13-17: Spectatorship & Film

Proposals need not be any longer than a sentence or two.

If interested in contributing to any of these weeks, please contact In Media Res with topic proposals or for more information about the individual theme week(s). Be sure to include the name of the theme week for which you would like to be involved in the subject line of the e-mail.

Academics, journalists, critics, media professionals and fans are all welcome to submit proposals.

The actual piece should include a 30-second to 3-minute clip, an image, or a slideshow accompanied by a 300 to 350 word response to/contextualization of the clip, image, or slideshow. In addition to curating your piece, you will be expected to engage with the other pieces presented that week as a means of fostering discussion and further fleshing out the individual topic in relation to the week’s theme.

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