Film, Televisual, and New Media Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in the Film, Televisual, and New Media section of Wagadu.

  • Film, Televisual, and New Media Reviews – Reviews will incorporate a brief summary of a media text, a discussion of the media text’s perspectives (who would read/use the media text), and socio-historical and/or socio-cultural contexts of the media text. 500 – 1000 words.
  • Film, Televisual, and New Media Critical Analysis Essays – Critical Analysis Essays are similar to Reviews but will provide a more in-depth analysis of a media text. They will include a brief summary of the media text, the media text’s socio-historical and/or socio-cultural context, and deep critical analysis that explores the relevance of the media text to conversations about gender, identity, feminism, intersectionality, etc. 1000 – 2500 words.
  • Creative Responses to Film, Televisual, and New Media Content – Creative Responses offer those wishing to write creatively (poetry and creative non-fiction) to respond to media texts. While Creative Responses are not required to contextualize a text’s frameworks, they are required to engage with a text in a way that facilitates conversations about the text and its position in our current culture. Maximum of 2500 words.
  • Film, Televisual, and New Media Scholarly Articles – Scholarly Articles expand upon Critical Analysis Essays and comprise interdisciplinary feminist scholarship addressing gender in its diverse identities and expressions and the inevitable intersections with other social configurations such as race; ethnicity; sexuality; geography, place, and space; and, culture and cultural expression. 5000 – 8000 words.Media texts could include film, television, various modes of broadcast and web-based journalism, social media platforms, blogs and websites, streaming platforms, digital art, digital archives and exhibits, multimedia projects, video games, music, music videos, memes, gifs, etc. However, because Wagadu has a Book Review section, work on published books of any form will be excluded from the FTNM section.Because Wagadu is committed to being inclusive of and equitable to diverse writers within and outside academia around the world, we are actively seeking the voices of those who participate in knowledge production about gender and its intersections in myriad ways. We strongly encourage activists, administrators, artists, creative writers, students (undergraduate and graduate), etc., to submit their work.

While the possible topics Wagadu editors seek to publish are broad, we are particularly interested in writing that explores:

  • Media depictions of mixed-race women-identified people and how they negotiate their worlds
  • Colorism and standards of beauty for women-identified people in various global communities
  • How Indigenous activists involved in ecofeminist climate change movements are represented (or not represented) in mainstream media
  • Gender and disability as represented in media, including representations of disability and sexuality
  • Media discourse on transgender, gender nonbinary, genderqueer, etc., people, particularly people of color
  • The futures of feminist hashtag/social media activism
  • Digital feminisms or feminist Internet and social media-based projects
  • Media and digital (Internet and social media) pedagogical tools in the feminist classroom