Global Storytelling Submission

Since the birth of film some 125 years ago, the medium has undergone spectacular changes. The moving image has diversified with increasing globalisation, rapid advancements in digital media technologies, and a multiplication of media and connectivity platforms. But a new journal aims to return to the core of these varied expressions of film culture: storytelling. “The journal aims to bring scholarly engagement in film and media studies back to the fundamentals of storytelling,” says its Founding Chief Editor, Professor Zhu Ying of the Academy of Film.

 

Global Storytelling: Journal of Digital and Moving Image, housed at the Academy of Film and published by the University of Michigan Press, will serve as an international and interdisciplinary forum for intellectual debates concerning the politics, economics, culture, media and technology of the moving image. Although there is no strict adherence to any particular methodological approach, the new journal emphasises storytelling as a particular field of inquiry and covers modes ranging from narrative features to documentaries, journalistic videos, personal essays, broadcast series and serial dramas, and user-generated content. “No cinema or media journal has before focused on storytelling across multiple platforms and genres, theatrically and digitally both in its affect (emotional engagement) and effect (social impact). Examining how audio-visual narrative works and functions in its multifaceted formations and formats, this journal fills that void,” says Professor Zhu, who is also Director of the Academy’s Centre for Film and Moving Image Research.

 

Furthermore, the need to engage in cross-border, cross-disciplinary, cross-ideological and cross-cultural interactions has never assumed a more social, political and cultural relevance as it does now. The new journal, thus, serves this need as a platform of mutual storytelling which encourages discourses that provoke a better understanding of culturally distinct narratives. Storytelling is vital to the way different social, political, historical, ideological and cultural narratives are presented, engaged with and understood by individuals, groups and societies with distinct and widely dissimilar perspectives. Professor Zhu succinctly states that “storytelling can empower or impoverish by either enriching or depriving our individual agencies”.

 

Global Storytelling will provide a better understanding of how individual and group identities and affiliations can be shaped and influenced through storytelling. The journal is soliciting submissions from humanist scholars, social scientists, leading public intellectuals, policymakers, as well as film and media practitioners in the form of scholarly papers, thought-provoking short dialogue pieces, and engaging commentaries. The inaugural edition will be published in spring 2021.

 

The Centre for Film and Moving Image Research hosted Global Storytelling Symposium at Hong Kong Baptist University on January 28-30, 2020. It served as a launching pad for the new journal.

About Global Storytelling

Journal of Digital and Moving Image

Focus and Scope for Global Storytelling

Global Storytelling: Journal of Digital and Moving Image invites articles, editorials, and book reviews from film, media, communication, cultural and gender studies scholars; historians, political scientists, and sociologists; critics and curators; and policymakers and public intellectuals that engage with the affect (emotional engagement) and effect (social impact) of audiovisual storytelling. We cover a range of storytelling modes, genres, platforms, and industries — from narrative films to documentaries; TV dramas to vlogging; the multiplex to Netflix; social media influencing to esports casting; and Hong Kong to Hollywood, Bollywood, and Nollywood — with the aim of bridging the gap between academia and the wider world and deepening our understanding of how storytelling shapes our identities and perceptions. 

Submission Checklist

  • Global Storytelling will only consider essays between 6,000-10,000 words long, including notes and captions.
  • To facilitate the double-blind peer review process, the essay manuscript must be uploaded as a Microsoft Word .doc/.docx file with all author information removed.
  • Submissions must include a separate title page with author name(s), affiliation(s), abstract of approximately 250 words, 6 keywords or terms, word count, acknowledgements, biography of less than 80 words, and email address for correspondence.
  • Submissions should follow the latest notes and bibliography guidelines of The Chicago Manual of Style. All bibliographic information should be in endnotes, and submissions should not include an additional bibliography. For further information, see: https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-1.html
  • Authors are encouraged to provide figures or other illustrative materials but are responsible for obtaining permission to publish materials in cases where Fair Use does not apply. Please do not insert these images into the word document. Instead, we ask that you send them as separate files (at least 300 DPI with clear labels) and note in the manuscript roughly where you would like the images to be placed. (e.g. “[place image #1 here]”).

Acceptance Criteria

  • Submissions that meet requirements will be sent to at least two separate experts for double-blind peer review.
  • If accepted, manuscripts will be returned to the author for any necessary revisions and scheduled for publication according to the date when it was submitted. When the scheduled date approaches, members of the editorial team edit the article, send it back to the author for final revisions, review the final revisions, and send it to the press for typesetting.

Licences

Global Storytelling allows the following licences for submission:

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Publication Fees

Global Storytelling: Journal of Digital and Moving Image does not charge publication fees. 

Peer Review

This journal operates a double blind peer review policy.

Publication Cycle

This journal publishes biannually.

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