About Immediacy

Immediacy encourages graduate, undergraduate, and doctoral students in all media-related fields to use this online forum to test ideas, creatively solve communication problems, and engage in rigorous conceptual analysis of media. Each themed issue is devoted to a deeper examination of a pressing question or problem through experimental, documentary, artistic, narrative, and written forms of expression.

Contact Person: Sumita Chakravarty, editor

Sumita Chakravarty teaches media and cultural studies at the New School in New York. She has a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in English from Lucknow University, India. She served as Associate Dean in Media Studies from 2011-2014, and as Chair of Culture and Media at Lang College from 2000-2008. She is the author of National Identity in Indian Popular Cinema, 1947-1987 (U of Texas Press 1993; Oxford U 1996); The Enemy Within (editor, 2000) and several articles in journals and anthologies, most recently in The Routledge Companion to Gender and Cinema (2016). She is currently working on a book on the intersections of media and migration. Her research interests include media theory, media and globalization, film and national identity, digital cultures, and the history and philosophy of media technologies.


Theme for 2018 Issue: Border Mediations

A CFP will be sent out in late August, 2017. Proposals are due on October 1, 2017 and finalized projects are expected to be submitted by February 25, 2018. Please send all correspondence to:




Video: Please upload to video hosting site (YouTube, Vimeo) and send us the link to the project

Photography: JPEG, GIF, PNG

Digital Audio: MP3 or WAV format

Scholarly Essay: Limit 1,000 words (unless otherwise specified), not including ‘Works Cited.’

Web-based Project: please send us the URL

Also requested, a 50-word bio and a headshot for the Contributors page.