About the Journal

The Comparative Media Arts Journal (CMA Journal) is an open-access, peer-reviewed graduate journal of lively inquiry into visual culture, cinema studies, performance studies, and new media arts, encouraging intermedial and comparative approaches. Each annual issue is focused by an aesthetic theme. Current graduate students, postdoctoral students, and recent graduates are invited to submit work for publication to CMA Journal. We welcome submissions of scholarly research and essays, exhibition and book reviews, experimental and creative writing, and documentation of artworks in progress.

Promoting open-minded thinking the CMA Journal aims to generate a fruitful environment for critical, historical, and theoretical analysis across arts forms and practice. Each annual volume currently comprises two thematic issues that pursue new directions and respond to new developments from a broad range of studies. We welcome experimental and creative writing, works-in-progress, collaborations and lively debates that are critically engaged in the ever-shifting range and scope of the fields of critical and cultural studies.

Faculty Advisor

Laura U. Marks is a scholar, theorist, and curator of independent and experimental media arts. She works on the media arts of the Arab and Muslim world, intercultural perspectives on new media art, and philosophical approaches to materiality and information culture. Dr. Marks is the author of The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses (2000), Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media, Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (2010), and many essays. She has curated programs of experimental media for festivals and art spaces worldwide.

Degree and Studies:
Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester, 1996
M.A. in Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester, 1994
B.A. in Art History and Sociology/Anthropology, Swarthmore College, 1987

Peer Review

Our Peer Review Committee consists of a changing roster of current and recently graduated MA students from the Comparative Media Arts program at Simon Fraser University, as well as graduates and postgraduates from SIAT, FCAT and the English Department. The Committee will also be consulting with a Faculty Advisor. If you are a faculty, postgraduate, graduate student or a recent graduate with an academic interest in media arts and would like to become a Peer Reviewer or would like to assist the Editorial Committee in various administrative tasks, please contact us at cma_journal@sfu.ca.


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The Comparative Media Arts Journal would like the thank the following departments, organizations and committees for their generous donations. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the Journal of Comparative Media Arts, please contact us at cma_journal@sfu.ca. We welcome your support!