Is Home to Two National Journals
Los Angeles--March 10, 1998 -- Readers of the prestigious Text and Performance Quarterly (TPQ) and the venerable Journal of Film and Video will be seeing the name of Cal State L.A.'s Department of Communication Studies prominently displayed inside each issue for the next few years. The January 1998 issue of TPQ (vol. 18., no. 1) and the Fall 1997 issue of Journal of Film and Video (vol. 49, no. 3) were edited, respectively, by Communication Studies chair/Professor of Speech Communication Judith Hamera, and Professor of Broadcasting Suzanne Regan. Hamera was recently named editor of TPQ and will serve in that capacity through the year 2000. Regan began her tenure as editor of the Journal of Film and Video in summer, 1997, and will serve through 2002.
Formerly known as Literature in Performance, TPQ is the National Communication Association journal of performance studies. Widely regarded as the "cutting edge" journal of critical theory and cultural studies, TPQ is the only such peer-reviewed journal in the United States. Its editorial board is composed of leading scholars in the discipline from national and international research universities.
Communication Studies graduate students are involved in all aspects of the journal's production, says Hamera, "from correspondence management to soliciting manuscripts at academic conferences, to 'front-line' reviewing of selected submissions." Grad students Tom Burkhart and Josh Miller, whose names appear in the January issue, are the journal's editorial assistants. Manuscripts from the journal, used as "blind review" active learning exercises, provide many graduate students in contemporary rhetoric and performance studies access to the most current thought in the discipline.
In addition, Hamera says, "Stephanie Nelson, an independent communications consultant teaching part-time in the School of Engineering and Technology, published her article 'Eros and Ethnography' in TPQ 18.1 to wide acclaim by her peers." In the next issue, Sonja Kuftinec (Theatre Arts and Dance) will have the lead article, which Hamera describes as "an extraordinarily compelling and innovative exploration of Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina as the site of layered performances of social memory." John Ramirez (Communication Studies) has served as reviewer of manuscripts addressing performance and representations of race, gender and sexuality.
In an interesting coincidence of anniversaries, Journal of Film and Video is--like Cal State L.A.--celebrating 50 years of excellence. It is one of only two peer-reviewed refereed journals of film and television pedagogy in the United States. "It's also one of the few that focuses on production as well as history and criticism," notes Regan. Graduate students Laura Loftsgaarden and Tom Burkhart are editorial assistants, and Professor of Broadcasting Robert Vianello is associate editor. Associate Professor of Broadcasting John Ramirez serves this journal as a member of the editorial review board. The Fall 97 issue of the Journal of Film and Video was dedicated to screen writing.
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