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Announcing MAST: NeMLA’s New Journal of Media Study

The Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, is launching a new journal MAST in Spring 2020.

 

Aim and Scope

MAST is an online, open-access, and double-blind peer-reviewed journal featuring interdisciplinary scholarship in the domain of Media Study. MAST stands for “Media Art Study and Theory” and aims to publish and promote innovative research and writing by artists and scholars who present new methods, approaches, questions, and studies in the field of media study and practice. The journal is relevant to academics, artists, researchers, theorists, and art curators with an interest in artistic research, theory, and praxis of media, introducing work that demonstrates a clear and creative engagement with current debates in media studies. MAST is housed in and sponsored by NeMLA (The Northeast Modern Language Association) at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

MAST issues are published digitally and twice a year (March and November).

The History of Media Study in Buffalo

Buffalo has had a rich history in media practice and research for more than 50 years, especially in terms of experimenting with sound, electronic image and computer-generated arts, teaching creative media, and studying various materials and their socio-cultural aspects, only to name a few. Media scholar Gerald O’Grady, the founder of the Center for Media Study in Buffalo, first invited a number of independent media artists, video-/filmmakers, and researchers to join Buffalo’s Media Study in 1973. Among these artists were Steina, and Woody Vasulka, Tony Conrad, Hollis Frampton, Paul Sharits, Peter Weibel, and James Blue. It was then that this incredible team of media practitioners-scholars began working together and teaching in a new practice-led research program: Media Study. What O’Grady called “Media Literacy” helped put various media courses and degrees on the map of higher education through both practice and theory. Today, the legacies and influence of Buffalo’s Media Study can be seen across the board, flourishing in both Buffalo’s current vibrant art scene and the art-research communities beyond. In honor of and inspired by this prominent legacy, MAST, with an emphasis on Media Art, Study, and Theory, seeks to bring different voices in the field of media studies (practice and research) together to a greater audience, and seeks to contribute to a potential future for Media Study that can speak to current and future generations of media artists-scholars, as well as to other disciplines. 

Review Process:

MAST uses a double-blind peer-review process. The Editors perform an initial review of all submissions and may reject papers that are clearly outside the scope of the journal. Manuscripts within the scope will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. On completion of this process, the authors will be notified of the decision and provided review guidance or additional editing if necessary. Authors are encouraged to write in a clear and concise style, and use visuals and references as necessary to support their statements.

MAST accepts:

  • full papers (6000-8000 words)
  • short articles (2000-3000 words)
  • interviews (2000-3000 words)
  • exhibition reviews (1000-2000 words)
  • book reviews (1000-2000 words)
  • video articles (10-15 min)

MAST is interested in studies that broadly meet the themes below: 

  1. Media archaeology
  2. Cultural techniques
  3. Digital memory
  4. Analog and digital
  5. Archive and archival practice
  6. Aesthetics of glitch, error, and noise in media art
  7. Locative, mobile media, and situated technology
  8. Feminist new materialism
  9. Material image and haptic film
  10. Media and embodiment