[csaa-forum] Transformations Issue 32 cfp: What can moving images do? An ecological thinking of the moving image

Warwick Mules w.mules at bigpond.com
Sun Dec 17 06:24:51 ACST 2017

Transformations: Call for papers: Issue 32

What can moving images do? An ecological thinking of the moving image

Editors: Warwick Mules and John Charles Ryan

This issue of Transformations calls for papers as provocations into the
human-nature relation through the questioning power of the moving image. In
particular, we are looking for contributions that focus on the function of
the moving image as a material artefact or visual object within an
ecological milieu or image-world, where the human relation to nature is
rendered open-to-question. Thinking about the moving image extends to many
formats, including panoramas, dioramas, video art installations, online
digital displays, scientific data schematisation and other visual
apparatuses, as well as narrative and non-narrative film and cinematic
projection. We encourage ecological approaches to the moving image, broadly
comprising Œfilm, video, broadcast television, moving computer-generated
imagery, and, in short, any mass-produced moving image technologically
within our reach now and in times to come¹ (Carroll 2003, p. xxi).

This issue will consider Œecological webs¹ as image-worlds or umwelten and
will engage critically with the modes of nonhuman signification enacted
within moving image media. Theoretical advances in ecocinema,
Œeco-cinecriticism¹ and Œgreen film criticism¹ (Ivakhiv 2008, p. 1) over the
last twenty years underscore that Œthe cinematic experience is inescapably
embedded in ecological webs¹ (Rust & Monani 2013, 2). The question of what
can moving images do ecologically brings to prominence questions of
aesthetics, poetics, politics, ethics, mediation and representation of the
nature of nature and the nonhuman. Submissions from any of the disciplines
that concern themselves, in one way or another, with the moving image are
welcome. These include film and cinema studies, new media and video,
film-philosophy, literary studies, environmental humanities and associated

Issues and Questions:

* The Œnature¹ of the moving image (Macdonald 2004; Willoquet-Maricondi
* An ecopoetics of the moving image (Pick & Narraway 2013)
* The moving image as a form of life
* Image-worlds, poiesis, umwelten, kinesthetics and nature (Ivakhiv 2008, p.
* Time, temporality, consciousness, death and earth in film and other genres
* Nature as Œexcess¹ of the moving image
* Nonhuman signification and semiosis (the language, script, voice, gesture
and corporeality of the natural world) in moving visual media (Rust & Monani
* Human-nonhuman collaboration, co-authorship and co-editorship in, and
through, the moving image
* Cognitive, phenomenological and affective accounts of environment and
moving image (Ivakhiv 2013)
* Vegetal, animal, fungal or mineral life as moving image of nature (Uhlin
* Environmental aesthetics, ecological catastrophe and modes of image-making
(Kääpä & Gustafsson 2013)
* Political and ethical concerns regarding representations of nature
(Hochman 1998) 
* The relation of the moving image to technology in thinking about nature,
particularly in terms of techno-utopianism and dystopianism  (Murray &
Heumann 2017) 
* The post-cinematic turn and the moving image: a turn to nature?
* Image-capturing and the digital: consequences for thinking nature
* The digital moving image: a new frontier for the thinking of nature?
* Ecology, narrative film and the moving image: decentring the
Œanthropocentric gaze¹? (Rust & Monani 2013, p. 11)
* Documentary film and nature: new readings (Hughes 2014)
* Ecocinema and green film criticism within the context of the environmental
arts and humanities: advancing fields of critique through the moving image?
(Emmett & Nye 2017)

Abstracts (200­400 words) are due on 31st January, 2018 with a view to
submit articles by April 2018. The issue will be edited by Warwick Mules and
John Charles Ryan.

Abstracts should be forwarded to: editor at transformationsjournal.org

For submission guidelines and to view Transformations online go to:



Carroll, N. (2003). Engaging the Moving Image. New Haven: Yale University

Emmett, R. & Nye, D. (2017). The Environmental Humanities: A Critical
Introduction. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Hochman, J. (1998). Green Cultural Studies: Nature in Film, Novel and
Theory. Moscow, ID: University of Idaho Press.

Ivakhiv, A. (2008). Green Film Criticism and Its Futures. ISLE:
Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 15 (2), 1­28.

Ivakhiv, Adrian. (2013). Ecologies of the Moving Image: Cinema, Affect,
Nature. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Hughes, Helen. (2014). Green Documentary: Environmental Documentary in the
Twenty-first Century. Bristol, UK: Intellect Press.

Kääpä, P. & Gustafsson, T. (Eds.). (2013). Transnational Ecocinema: Film
Culture in an Era of Ecological Transformation. Bristol, UK: Intellect

Macdonald, S. (2004). Toward an Eco-Cinema. ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies
in Literature and Environment 11 (2), 107­32.

Murray, R. & Heumann, J. (2017). Ecocinema in the City. London: Routledge.

Pick, A & Narraway, G. (Eds.). (2013). Screening Nature: Cinema Beyond the
Human. New York: Berghahn Books.

Rust, S. & Monani, S. (2013). Introduction: Cuts to Dissolves‹Defining and
Situating Ecocinema Studies. In Rust, S., S. Monani, & S. Cubitt (Eds.),
Ecocinema Theory and Practice (pp. 1­13). London: Routledge.

Uhlin, G. (2016). Plant-Thinking with Film: Reed, Branch, Flower. In P.
Vieira, M. Gagliano, & J. Ryan (Eds.), The Green Thread: Dialogues with the
Vegetal World (pp. 201­217). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Willoquet-Maricondi, P. (Ed.). (2010). Framing the World: Explorations in
Ecocriticism and Film. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press.

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