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Performance, Theory, Australia: Introduction

Shoesmith, B. and McHoul, A. (1989) Performance, Theory, Australia: Introduction. Continuum: The Australian Journal of Media and Culture, 2 (2). pp. 5-6.

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The fourth issue of Continuum is not the publication we originally intended. Modern computer technology makes it possible to engage with desktop publishing and in fact opens up an enormous range of possibilities in publication. However, as we have discovered for desktop publishing to be successful it requires boundless enthusiasm, commitment, vast amounts of time and endless patience. When these requirements come into conflict with normal regimes - work, home, family - something has to give - usually the publishing. Consequently, Continuum is often late - and for this we apologise. Further, it is sometimes not possible to adhere to our original schedule of publications. A possible solution to these problems could be to hand over Continuum to an institutional publisher. However, we think this would diminish the journal. In constructing the index for Volumes 1 and 2, we were struck by the quality and diversity of contributions to the journal, indicating, for us at least, its success and vitality which we plan to maintain through desktop publishing.

Although we could not present a fully integrated thematic issue on performance we do present a number of important articles that address performance. Augmenting these is a group of articles that address theoretical issues. In addition we maintain the Australian media section. The configuration of articles offered here makes for a stimulating edition of Continuum.

Finally, in the editorial to the previous issue of Continuum we promised a review of Ian Douglas's Film & Meaning. Unfortunately we have to hold this over until the next issue. However, we do offer reviews of a number of significant books, including a review article.

Manic Exposeur in Melbourne (PO Box 39, World Trade Centre, Melbourne, 3005) are our distributors in bookshops - we will continue to handle subscriptions.

It is, in conclusion, worthwhile restating our philosophy: Continuum is a media journal with a screen studies inflection. The word media is chosen to reflect an interest not only in film and TV but also in closely related media such as radio and the visual arts. As editors of an Australian media journal we propose to concentrate upon those things which can best be done from Australia. We are thus interested in making an effective contribution to: the study of the history and practice of film, TV and visual culture in Australasia, Asia and Oceania; the development of film and media theory; and to the exploration of connections between different media - particularly film, TV, theatre and the visual arts. Additionally we will be trying to represent the state of media and cultural studies scholarship in Australia.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Humanities
Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright: 1989 Taylor & Francis
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