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Rising Dragon CFV 2015 : Inaugural Call for Videos (CFV): The Rising Dragon, a journal of Pacific Rim culture and media studies


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Call For Papers

Rising Dragon

Call for Videos (CFV)

We are pleased to announce that, in addition to accepting papers, The Rising Dragon has a call for videos (CFV). As technology progresses to a point that gives us the ability to truly link the Pacific Rim together, we are using that technology to give more to the global community. As such, a YouTube channel now exists for video submissions. This will be an ongoing project, and allows for a greater degree of discussion and demonstration than traditional print media. Videos should be both informative and analytic while also intellectually accessible to the average viewer.

Because of the atypical nature of this endeavor, several aspects must be clarified. YouTube provides an organizational framework in the playlist; each video accepted will be placed in a playlist with an overarching topic (sociology, history, etc.). This gives an opportunity to seek out specific videos, in a timely manner, for simple perusal or serious research. This ease of organization negates the need for a specific theme for consideration. Further, whereas the journal will be biannual and have definite submission dates for inclusion in a particular issue, the YouTube channel will accept and post submissions at any point during the year, subject to the time needs of the peer review process. Once a video is uploaded, the link will also be posted to our website and social media pages.

Peer review of videos has three major components in addition to the normal procedures:

Technical Quality: Audio, visual, and subtitle (if applicable) quality must be of a high standard

Content: The video must have a definite claim, argument, and persuasion as well as a rational structure that fulfills a need by answering a central question
Aim: The video content must align with the needs and aims of the journal

Topics for consideration include, but are not limited to, the following:

Anthropology and Sociology
Art and Music, Traditional to Today
Cultural Fusion, Adaptation, and Experimentation
Fandom Groups and Popular Culture
Human Interaction with the Natural World
Immigration, Emigration, Acculturation, and Returning Home
Imperialism, Colonialism, Independence, and Indigeneity
Interactive and New Media
Literature (Including Graphic Literature) and Language
Politics, Economics, and International Relations
Race Relations
Religious Practices, Festivals, and Rites
Sexual and Gender Normativities
Television, Cinema, and Video Games
Theatre and Performance
Youth Culture and Expression
All fields are to be broadly construed and we will consider submissions outside these areas on their individual merits
We also accept film and game review proposals

There are many genres in which a film creator may work that will be acceptable for submission to The Rising Dragon: documentary, lecture, presentation, and creative/fiction films. Please indicate which genre style you intend to use in your abstract submission. Also, presentations may be multimedia in nature, combining recordings with traditional article formats. Please see our CFP for information on requirements.

The submission process starts with a written abstract of the video; this abstract will be used as the description for an uploaded video. Once the abstract is approved, the video can then be submitted; once the video is approved, it will be uploaded to the channel. The reason for this two-step process is, though we do not expect expert-level filmmaking, we desire a certain degree of quality for each video and content appropriate to our mission. All videos submitted must be in .mp4 format. Many video editing programs have presets for audio and video codecs, bitrates, and other features that will work with YouTube’s streaming optimization. Abstracts must be 150-300 words; videos must be between 5-60 minutes in duration. The Video Curator may at times need to break up a longer video into smaller segments and will consult with the content creator to ensure these are done so as to minimize interruptions in the narrative flow.

The Rising Dragon is principally an English-language publication, and, in order to be considered, all abstracts submitted must be in that language. The official English-language abstract may be accompanied by a translation in another Pacific Rim language (e.g.: Aymara, Cebuano, Chinese, French, Hawai’ian, Japanese, Javanese, K’iche’, Korean, Laotian, Malay, Maori, Pama-Nyungan, Quechua, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Tlingit, Vietnamese, Yup’ik, etc.) if the creator believes it appropriate or helpful. Videos must either be in English or contain English subtitles, provided by the creator. A transcript in English is encouraged but not required. Videos submitted to The Rising Dragon must not have been published, posted, or broadcast elsewhere before submission.

For queries or abstract submissions, please contact the Rising Dragon Video Curator at before submitting full videos.

Our journal is an open access publication, as are our video presentations, and will never charge fees to authors or readers. The Rising Dragon is a publication of the International College of Liberal Arts at Yamanashi Gakuin University.

Editorial Board:

Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Darren Jon Ashmore, Professor of Anthropology and Head of Japan Studies, Yamanashi Gakuin University, Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan

Assistant Editor: J. Holder Bennett, Associate Professor of History, Collin College, McKinney, Texas, USA

Associate Editors:

Dr. Eunju Bährisch, Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Coordinator, Institute of Korean Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Dr. Elizabeth Birmingham, Associate Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Professor of English, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, USA

Dr. Darryl E. Brock, Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Dr. Rick Hudson, Research Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England, UK

Dr. Frank Jacob, Assistant Professor of World History, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York, Bayside, New York, USA

Dr. Bruno Starrs, Senior Lecturer in Cinematology, Institut Teknologi Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan, Negara Brunei Darussalam

Dr. Christopher B. Patterson, Assistant Professor of English, New York Institute of Technology, Nanjing, Nanjing, Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China

Daniel Fandino, Member, H-Net Executive Council, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Peter Schuelke, Visiting Fellow, Polinsky Language Science Lab, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Video Curator: William R. Clark, Jr.

ISSN: 2379-2930

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