Aim and Scope

MAST is an online, open-access, and double-blind peer-reviewed journal featuring interdisciplinary scholarship in the domain of media studies. MAST stands for “Media Art Study and Theory” and aims to publish and promote innovative research, writings, and works by artists and scholars who present new methods, approaches, questions, and studies in the field of media studies in theory 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 works that demonstrate creative engagements with current debates in media studies. MAST is 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 (Spring and Fall).

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 practitioner-scholars began working together and teaching in a new practice-based 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 influences of Buffalo’s Media Study can be seen across the board, flourishing in the art-research communities in Buffalo and 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 (from practice and research) together to a greater audience, and contribute to the field in the ways that will be promising to the current and future generations of media artists, theorists, and scholars.

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. Accepted submissions within the scope will be sent for peer-review and 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 (4000-6000 words)
  • short essays (1500-3000 words)
  • video essays (5-10 min)
  • interviews (2000-4000 words)
  • book/exhibition reviews (1000-1500 words)
  • practice-based studies (media artifacts + 1000-2000 words essay)

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

  • Media Archaeology
  • Cultural Techniques
  • Digital Memory
  • Analog and Digital
  • Archive and Archival Practice
  • Aesthetics of Glitch, Error, and Noise in Media Arts
  • Locative Media, Mobile Media, and Situated Technologies
  • Feminist New Materialism
  • Material Image and Haptic Film
  • Media and Embodiment

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