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[ecrea] cfp transformations in broadcasting conference

Wed Dec 14 19:21:48 GMT 2011

Call for Papers
An international conference on
Transformations in/of Broadcasting
Where: Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds
In association with The ECREA Media Industries and Cultural Production
Temporary Working Group; The Media Industries Research Centre,
University of Leeds; Centre for Digital Citizenship, University of
When: July 12-13th 2012
Confirmed speakers include
Stephen Coleman, John Corner, Des Freedman, Sylvia Harvey, David
Hesmondhalgh, Lynn Spigel, Graeme Turner

The media continue to undergo remarkable change.  To what extent have
recent and continuing changes enhanced or constrained broadcasting’s
potential to benefit societies, citizens and publics? This international
conference addresses this broad question, across a number of themes,
including (but not confined to) those below. The aim is to bring
together researchers across a number of specialisms, to discuss
questions of transformation across some of the traditional research
divisions. We welcome the submission of papers involving research within
and across any national contexts. Although the focus is contemporary, we
welcome historical research that adds to understanding of current
transformations and continuities.

●        Audience/hood. How have broadcasting audiences changed? What
new challenges are changes in audience behaviour throwing up for
audience research, both within industry and among academics concerned
with questions of identity, meaning and pleasure? How are social media
monitoring, opinion mining and sentiment analysis affecting audience
engagement? Are interactivity and user-generated content useful concepts
in the new broadcasting ecology?

●        Representation and aesthetics To what extent have
transformations in broadcasting involved changing relations between
representation and power? What notable changes have there been in
representations of gender, of ethnic and religious groups, of different
types of body? What new forms and genres are developing to represent
contemporary experience and identity? How are traditional genres
mutating, and with what effect on quality? How are genres such as news,
journalism, and reality TV adopting to the emerging challenges of
transformations? How are new technologies, such as HDTV and widescreen,
changing the aesthetics of television and other media?

●        Industry and institution. What are the impacts of
commercialization on public broadcasting? What are the implications of
the continuing multiplication of channels for notions of quality,
professionalism, integrity? What is the impact of co-creation and
amateur forms of production for broadcasting and the cultural industries
more generally?

●        Policy and regulation How are policy makers and regulators
responding to transformations in broadcasting? How are questions of
copyright and intellectual property affecting dynamics? What principles
ought to guide policy in this changing environment? Are concepts such as
neo-liberalism and marketization adequate to characterise tendencies in
policy over recent decades?
Abstracts and panel proposals should be sent by February 16th 2012 to
(TransformationICSConference /at/
Abstracts 300 words maximum
Panel proposals should consist of 3-5 papers. Panel descriptions should
include paper abstracts; a maximum of 1000 per panel description

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