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CFP Immediacy – Media Studies Journal Topic: Regarding Borders

Call for Submissions to the 2018 issue of Immediacy, a Media Studies online journal


Issue Topic: Regarding Borders


Current thinking about borders has reached a dangerous crossroads. We seem to be trapped in habitual forms of reasoning and imagery in addressing this ever-present topic. Should people be allowed to cross national borders, and if so, which people and under what circumstances? What can be done about border patrol and border enforcement? How do societies control the violence that erupts at borders with increasing frequency? Because of the potential for visual drama, borders have become the haunts of journalists and photographers, often themselves caught in tragic outcomes when they find themselves on the wrong side of a border demarcation. A rift seems to have emerged between the ease with which information and images cross borders in the age of the internet and the difficulties actual bodies can face in moving across borders.


Borders are as old as the establishment of human societies, forming the very basis of social identity and ethnic differentiation, according to historians. As such, borders function as powerfully metaphorically as they do concretely. A rich archive of song, performance, science fiction, storytelling, cinema and video exists that navigates the murky territory between the romance of border crossings and the dangers lurking at borders. Moreover, today borders are as much technological, protocological, and administrative zones as they are architectural constructions. The implications of these developments need to be explored.
Is it possible to create new thinking, visual and conceptual, material and mediated, about borders? If so, how might this be done? What is the impact of some of the exciting sound art, interactive work, and projects in other formats currently being undertaken on  borders? The 2018 issue of Immediacy invites students to explore this charged topic in analytical, imaginative, and experimental terms. We are particularly interested in multimedia, project-based work ranging from hypothetical constructions to more empirically- or historically-based inquiry.

As is usual, we invite submissions in diverse formats and employing a wide range of research methodologies. Both critical and creative projects are welcome. Topics include, but are not restricted to:


  • Architecture of borders
  • Border art
  • Borders and social identity
  • Borders and maps
  • Philosophy of borders
  • Cinematic borders
  • Frontier hypotheses
  • Racialized borders
  • Borders and privacy
  • Border analytics
  • Crossing borders
  • Border narratives
  • Beyond borders
  • Borders in social media
  • Fashion-ing (non) borders
  • Sports and boundaries
  • Borders in videogames
  • Border soundscapes
  • Borders and interactivity


Please send a title and short description of your proposed project or essay (250 words) by October 20, 2017 to


Completed projects will be due Feb 28, 2018


Starting this year, we are also open to accepting high-quality work that may not be related to the issue theme, but is innovative in approach or content. If you have a completed project that you are particularly proud of, please send it to us for consideration.

Immediacy is a student-centered, online journal of the School of Media Studies at the New School in New York. Emphasizing the School’s philosophy for the integration of media theory, history, and myriad forms of media practice, the purpose of the journal is to provide a space for fresh approaches and perspectives in the understanding of media and media-influenced issues. We encourage graduate, undergraduate, and doctoral students in all media-related fields to use this online forum to test ideas, creatively solve communication problems, and engage in rigorous conceptual analysis of media forms and practices. Each themed issue is devoted to a deeper examination of a pressing question or problem through experimental, documentary, artistic, narrative, and written forms of expression.

While Immediacy publishes only innovative and high quality student work, it is not, as of now, a peer-reviewed journal. Immediacy is edited by Media Studies faculty member, Sumita Chakravarty, and a small team of graduate students.



Video: Please upload to video hosting site (YouTube, Vimeo) and send us the link to the project.

Photography: JPEG, GIF, PNG.

Digital Audio: MP3 or WAV format.

Scholarly Essay: Limit 1,500 words, not including ‘Works Cited.’

Web-based Project: please send us the URL

Also requested, a 50-word bio and a headshot for the Contributors page.



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