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    General Call for Submissions

    In conjunction with Indiana University Press, The Media School at Indiana University, Bloomington, is pleased to announce the publication of Black Camera, an academic and peer-reviewed international journal.

    Devoted to the study and documentation of the black cinematic experience, Black Camera is published biannually and is the only scholarly film journal of its kind in the United States.

    It features essays and interviews that engage film in social as well as political contexts and in relation to historical and economic forces that bear on the reception, distribution, and production of film in local, regional, national, and transnational settings and environments.

    The journal also comprises research and archival notes, editorials, reports, and book and film reviews, and addresses a wide range of genres, including documentary, experimental film and video, diasporic cinema, animation, musicals, comedy, and so on.

    The Editor invites submissions by prospective contributors relevant to the following areas:

    • Reconsideration of key black “classic” films
    • Black (and other related postcolonial and Third World) programmatic film statements and manifestos
    • Black sexuality in film
    • Black filmmaking and cinematic formations in Europe
    • Archival film documents
    • Slavery and anticolonial struggles in the historical film
    • Lusophone and francophone African cinemas
    • Sub-Saharan African cinema
    • Cinemas of the Maghreb
    • Black Hollywood
    • Black animation
    • Women filmmakers of the African diaspora
    • Caribbean cinemas
    • Reception studies
    • Film directors, screenwriters, actors
    • Black independent filmmaking
    • Other moving image media (television, new media, etc.)

    The Editor gratefully acknowledges the support of The Media School, and the College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington.

    Please direct questions and submissions to:
    (812) 856-7664

    Black Camera
    Franklin Hall, Room 230S
    601 East Kirkwood Avenue
    Bloomington, IN 47405


    Submission Guidelines

    • Feature articles, essays, and interviews can be 8,000-10,000 words.
    • Commentaries can be 1,000-2,000 words.
    • Book and film reviews can be 500-1,500 words (exceptions will be considered for review essays).
    • All submissions should be double-spaced, use 12-point Times New Roman font, and have page numbers in the upper right corner.
    • Authors must provide any illustrations and captions and are responsible for obtaining all permissions required to publish an illustration. Illustrations should be submitted as JPG, TIF, or EPS files, preferably of at least 300 pixels per inch.
    • Authors submitting images should be sure to indicate within the text where the image should be placed by inserting the designation “(fig. 1),” “(fig. 2),” etc. at the end of the sentence referencing the image. Please also provide any caption text in a separate document.
    • Submissions should be submitted either electronically by e-mail attachment as a Microsoft Word document. Please complete and include the Black Camera Contributor form with any submission:
      Black Camera Contributor form (PDF)
    • An endnote citation format is required for scholarly essays. Contributors should consult the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.
    • An abstract of 150-250 words must be included.
    • Please include brief biographical statement, affiliation, and contact information.
    • Regrettably, we can neither respond to, nor guarantee publication of, nor return unsolicited manuscripts.
    • We reserve the right to make editorial and stylistic changes.
    • If a submission is selected for publication, a signed Memorandum of Agreement will be sent and must be signed before publication.