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[ecrea] CFP Critical Studies in Television Conference

Fri Feb 23 08:02:03 GMT 2018

Deadline extended to 16 March 2018.

    *Critical Studies in Television Conference
    “State of Play: Television Scholarship in ‘TVIV’”*

  5th – 7th September 2018
  Edge Hill University, UK

Television is and always has been changing. The recent shifts, connected to new, online providers creating their own content and offering new forms of distribution, have led to some scholars (Jenners 2016) questioning if the age of TVIV has arrived. While Mareike Jenners remains unconvinced that the transformations are significant enough to warrant such a description, it is nevertheless noticeable that the recent changes affecting television have also had an impact on our subject of television studies. For example, Catherine Johnson’s work (2007, 2012) points to how even the transformations brought about by the deregulation and commercialisation of public service broadcasting require us to investigate more strongly aspects of television that pertain to marketing and PR.

As others (e.g. Born 2011, Johnson, Kompare and Santo 2014) have shown, these shifts also impact on how television operates as a workplace. In relation to consumption, shifts towards 360-degree commissioning (Mittell 2014) mean that we need to be more aware of the transmedia experiences of audiences (Evans 2011) and their roles as fan-ancers (Hills 2015). Looking at the development of new media and its use, Evans et al. (2017) have shown that our conceptualisations of audiences’ television consumption might be helpful to make sense of their second screen use as well. Outside and inside of national borders, television is morphing into a transnational entity that requires complex negotiations by the different stakeholders involved (Kuipers 2011, 2015).

In addition to these industry-led changes, there are those that come from cognisant fields of research: the shift towards high-end drama production, particularly in America, for example, has attracted the attention of a number of film scholars who bring with them different terminologies, while other aspects of television – be that the representation of violence, law, disability, etc. – have a longer history of attracting scholars from other disciplines.

In this conference, we are inviting papers that pertain to all aspects of television, but are particularly interested in abstracts that engage with the question of what television scholarship might be or become as a result of these shifts. As a journal, we are interested in all kinds of presentations, including traditional research papers, workshops, roundtable discussions, screenings and posters.

Abstracts for individual papers, panels or other forms of communication are welcome on any theme connected to television and television scholarship, though we will give priority to papers engaging with the themes highlighted above. Collaborations and interdisciplinary projects are also of particular interest.

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words*by 12pm GMT on Friday 16th^March 2018* to *(CSTconference /at/ <mailto:(CSTconference /at/>*

        Keynote Speakers:


*Derek Kompare* <> Derek is Associate Professor and Chair of Film and Media Arts in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. His work on television forms and systems includes the books /Rerun Nation: How Repeats Invented American Television/(2005) and /CSI/ (2010), as well as many journal and anthology articles. He is also a co-editor of the collection /Making Media Work: Cultures of Management in the Entertainment Industries/ (2014). His current interests focus on the fate of past media systems, objects, and forms in the digital era.

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*Karen Lury* <>

Karen is Professor in Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She is Dean of Research in the Faculty and has worked in areas of screen performance, children’s film and television and amateur film and television. Her publications include /British Youth Television/ (2001) and /Interpreting Television/ (2005) as well as the edited collections /The Zoo and Screen Media: Images of Exhibition and Encounter/ (2016) and /The Child in Cinema/ (2018). Her current work on /Collections: An Enlightenment Pedagogy for the 21^st  Century/ won a Leverhulme Award.


*Ruchi Kher Jaggi*

Dr Ruchi Kher Jaggi is currently the Director of Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Symbiosis International University, Pune, India. She has been teaching Media & Communication Theories, Media & Culture Studies, Research Methodology, Development Communication and Writing for Media courses to undergraduate and post-graduate students for  over 13 years now. Her academic interests include media representations, children and television, popular culture analysis, gender studies, television studies, and emerging discourses of identity on the new media. She is a peer- reviewer with  national and international journals and publications including Taylor & Francis, Sage & IGI Global and also on the editorial board of Amity Journal of Media & Communication Studies.

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