Saturday, September 26, 2015

CFP Alert: Red Feather Journal

Just saw this CFP on the Exploring Childhood Studies mailing list and wanted to pass it on. The deadline is coming up pretty soon, but the scope is fairly broad. I've been meaning to submit something to this journal for ages now - I really like its style and format, and have enjoyed a number of its issues and articles over the years. Here's a copy+paste of the announcement sent out today:

CFP:  Children in Popular Culture

Red Feather Journal (, an online, peer-reviewed, international and interdisciplinary journal of children in popular culture. 
Red Feather Journal seeks well-written, critical articles for the Fall 2015 issue (deadline October 31, 2015) on any aspect of the child in popular culture.  Some suggested topics include: children in film, television, the Internet; children in popular literature or art; the child in gaming, cosplay, cons, or fan cultures; children and social media; childhood geography or material culture; or any other aspect of the child in popular culture.  

Red Feather Journal welcomes international submissions.

Submissions to Red Feather Journal are accepted on a rolling basis. Red Feather Journal is published twice a year, in Spring and Fall, and adheres to the MLA citation system. Authors are welcome to submit articles in other citations systems, with the understanding that, upon acceptance, conversion to MLA is a condition of publication. Red Feather Journal is indexed through EBSCO host and MLA bibliography.

Interested contributors please submit the article, an abstract, and a brief biography (with full contact information) as attachments in Word to 

Deadline for submissions for the Fall 2015 issue is October 31, 2015.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

iSchool Colloquia Series Launches THIS Thursday

Not related to kids' digital media in any (real) way, but related to my work since I'm co-charing this year's iSchool Colloquia Series...please spread the word far and wide that there's a cool talk about McLuhan happening at the iSchool this Thursday (and yes, that's right - I said "cool" and "McLuhan" in the same sentence but am NOT going to make a clever pun about hot versus cool media. So there). Here are the details:

iSchool Colloquia Series: 
Unfinished McLuhan: 
Failures, Unfinished Projects and the Art of Kintsugi 

 Please join us as guest speaker Andrew Chrystall, Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing at Massey University, New Zealand and current McLuhan Fellow (The McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the Coach House Institute) launches this year's iSchool Colloquia Series, with his talk "Unfinished McLuhan: Failures, Unfinished Projects and the Art of Kintsugi.”

Abstract: Would we think more of Milton if his masterpiece was incomplete? What about McLuhan? What if all we had were fragments? Broken (or double) perspective is a way of involving an audience in the action and providing an inclusive vision. Here, this presentation seeks to do precisely this by offering a retrospective of McLuhan's failures and incomplete projects—his musicals, plays, films, TV projects, political manoeuvres, and unpublished works—through the lens of archival fragments. The goal is to nuance and contribute to an evolving portrait of McLuhan, to open up spaces for future explorations of unsafe ideas, and enable (if not also motivate) us to walk beyond yet beside him.

Biography: Dr Andrew Chrystall is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing at Massey University, New Zealand. His research seeks to develop and extend the work of Marshall McLuhan and the Toronto School of Communication. In addition to his primary discipline(s)—Media and Communication Studies—Dr. Chrystall has a background in Public Relations, Sociology and Theology. Dr Chrystall also likes surfing, playing judo and is an underwhelming jazz guitarist.

Light refreshments will be provided. All iSchool Colloquia talks are free and open to the public.

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 16:00 to 18:00 Location: 140 St. George St, Rm. 538

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