Viewfinder Magazine


We are looking for students, research students, academics, writers, and practitioners to submit articles and proposals to ViewFinder Magazine.

ViewFinder is the specialist online magazine for Learning On Screen: The British Universities and Colleges Film and Video Council, dedicated to exploring the moving image and education.

ViewFinder is a home for all writers but is particularly committed to discovering new voices in academia and publishing work that has impact outside of the academic community.

We are looking for essays and articles on: film, television, radio, education, research projects involving the moving image, plus book and DVD reviews.

This is a great opportunity for impact and to write around a subject without peer review. It is also a great space for research students and post-grads to get their work out to the public.

ViewFinder's ISSN is 2634-8179 - work published in ViewFinder will count as 'impact' in Research Excellence Framework assessment.

Each issue of ViewFinder will be centred around a theme or topic of discussion. Submissions and proposals must aim to fit into these themes, but it is not mandatory.

The theme for Issue 117 is Artificial Intelligence

We will be exploring AI and its relationship with audiovisual media.

We’re looking for articles and essays with a focus on Artificial Intelligence plus the future of education, audiovisual and online teaching are most welcome.

How are people using AI to study and analyse television and film? What is the potential of AI in audiovisual academic research, particularly in using archive? How can AI help us improve teaching with audiovisual material? How is AI, Augmented Reality and Computer Vision already informing teaching visually across disciplines?

What ethical issues are there around AI use and images online, how will computer vision look in the future, what are our responsibilities and what is exciting about AI? How has AI been represented on screen in the past, how might stories about AI look in the future?

We have opened up the BoB archive (of over 2.5million broadcasts) to machine learning and data mining so we’re keen to see what this, and other archives might be able to achieve in the future.

ViewFinder is designed to be accessible across academic disciplines and for public readership as well as academia. It is a chance to synthesise and summarise your project work and to offer think pieces and provocations that enrich the public conversation.

Articles from 800-2000 words (this is flexible) and written with accessible language and for a wide, crossover audience.

Deadline for proposals: end of Feb 2021. Deadline for papers/submissions End of March 2021.

Please send proposals and pitches to Kit Caless

Previous contributors to ViewFinder include:
Dr Michel Wahoma, Prof Lindiwe Dovey, Dr. Sharon Coleclough, Professor Kate Williams, Laura Mulvey, Lucy Bolton, Mark Taylor Batty, Katerina Loukopoulou Fernando Sdrigotti, Charles Barr, Ian Christie, Professor John Ellis, Professor Jo Fox, Roger Luckhurst and Lee Cooke.