The Journal of e-Media Studies invites papers concerning the motion picture activities of the United States Information Agency (USIA). In response to the increased availability of USIA materials in multiple archives in the United States and the emergence of pertinent international scholarship, this call for papers invites new work that broadly addresses the relevance of the USIA archives to the field of film and media studies.
Given the massive size, variety, and dispersiveness of the USIA and USIS materials, the archive warrants creative engagement from the digital humanities. Questions of access, organization, and annotation prove particularly salient when considering the USIA motion picture at scale. We intend for this special issue to help advocate for new collective efforts to aid in the recovery, discovery, collation, and analysis of USIA and USIS materials and promote further opportunities for inquiry among scholars who previously did not have access to the archives.
Please send abstract submissions up to 300 words plus 3–5 bibliographic sources. A variety of submission types will be accepted. These include double-blind peer-reviewed essays, works in progress that seek feedback (working papers), reviews of books and conferences, and works that reflect upon previously published case study manuscripts.