Sage Journals announce a new journal, BioScope: SOUTH ASIAN SCREEN STUDIES which is edited by Ravi Vasudevan of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies/Sarai, New Delhi, Rosie Thomas, University of Westminster, Neepa Majumdar of the University of Pittsburgh, and Moinak Biswas of Jadavpur University.

BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies is a blind peer-reviewed journal published biannually, starting January 2010, [that] encourages theoretical and empirical research both on located screen practices and wider networks, linkages, and patterns of circulation. This involves research into the historical, regional, and virtual spaces of screen cultures, including globalized and multi-sited conditions of production and circulation.

An early and popular form of film projector, “bioscope”, was widely used to refer to the cinema in twentieth century South Asia. By focusing on the word’s component parts, [the journal] highlights the expanding spectrum of forms involved in thinking about the relationship of life to visual and sound technologies. From the orbit of film, television and video, [they] invite research into a wide historical and contemporary canvas, from precinematic forms of assembly, through to contemporary computer practices, game cultures, multimedia telephony, ambient television, surveillance cameras, and the wide range of materials assembled on the internet. [Their] interests also extend to new media arts and contemporary screen-based art installations.

There is special attention given to archival research and field work. This includes documentation and ethnographic enquiry into media institutions and industries, and their modes of regulation, for example, the policies, debates and practices of urban administration, censorship regimes, and intellectual property regulation.

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