The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture seeks to enrich the intellectual potential of our fields to inform understandings of an expanding array of visual practices as they are reshaped within digital culture, while also creating scholarly contexts for the use of digital media in film, media and visual studies. By working with humanities centers, scholarly societies, and key library, archive, and university press partners, we are investigating and developing sustainable platforms for publishing interactive and rich media scholarship.
Our work explores new forms of scholarly publishing aimed at easing the current economic crisis faced by many university presses while also serving as a model for media-rich digital publication. In essence, we are creating a pipeline to support emerging genres of scholarship that moves from soup to nuts, integrating core intellectual questions in our fields with content acquisition, training for scholars in digital research methodologies, and new paradigms and partnerships for publication, dissemination and warranting of scholarship. In partnership with film and video archives, scholarly societies, and presses, we are modeling twenty-first century possibilities for scholarly communication. New technological platforms like Scalar are a key part of the process but equally important are the human networks we are building: rich collaborations between archives, presses, and groups of scholars who can together provide new platforms for scholarship that are motivated by the key questions that animate humanities scholarship.