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[Commlist] CfP: Tele(visualising) health. A history of television and health
Tue May 21 15:30:24 GMT 2019
Special issue #18 of VIEW journal of European Television History and Culture
We are presently accepting propositions for a special issue of VIEW
Journal <https://www.viewjournal.eu> dedicated to the history of
television and health. VIEW Journal of European Television History and
Culture is the first peer-reviewed, multimedia and open access e-journal
in the field of European television history and culture. The special
issue follows the thematic lines of the Tele(visualising) Health
conference <http://Tele(visualising) Health conference> on the history
of TV, public health, its enthusiasts and its publics. The special issue
will include contributions from the authors who presented at the
conference but is open to other authors who wish to explore these topics
Televisions began to appear in homes in large numbers of the public in
Europe and North America after World War II. This coincided with a
period in which ideas about the public’s health, the problems that it
faced and the solutions that could be offered, were changing. Threats
posed by infectious diseases were receding, only to be replaced by
chronic conditions linked to lifestyle and individual behaviour. Public
health professionals were enthusiastic about how this new technology and
mass advertising could reach out to individuals in the population with a
new message about lifestyle and health risk. Television symbolised the
post-war optimism about new directions in public health
At the same time, television acted as a contributing factor to new
public health problems. Watching TV was part of a shift towards more
sedentary lifestyles, and also a vehicle through which products that
were damaging to health - alcohol, cigarettes and unhealthy food - could
be advertised to the public. Population health problems could be
worsened by TV viewing. How should we understand the relationship
between TV and public health? What are the key changes and continuities
over time and place? How does thinking about the relationship between
public health and TV change our understanding of both?
In this special issue, we seek to explore questions such as:
* How did the enthusiasm develop for TV within public health?
* How were shifts in public health, problems, policies and practices
represented on TV?
* How was TV used to improve or hinder public health?
* What aspects of public health were represented on TV, and what were
* How did the public respond to health messages on TV?
* What were the perceived limitations of TV as a mass medium for
* In what way was TV different from other forms of mass media in
relation to public health?
* How were institutions concerned with the public’s health present
–and staged –on TV broadcasts?
This special issue aims to bring together scholars from different fields
(such as, but not limited to, history, history of science, history of
medicine, communication, media and film studies, television studies)
working on the history of television in Great Britain, France and
Germany (West and East) (the focus of the ERC BodyCapital project
<http://bodycapital.unistra.fr>), but also other European countries,
North and South America, Russia, Asia or other countries and areas.
Papers might focus on one national, regional or even local framework.
Considering the history of health-related (audio-) visuals as a
history of transfer, as entangled history or with a comparative
perspective are welcome. The co-editors welcome contributions with a
strong historical impetus from all social and cultural sciences.
Please consult the author guidelines, notably with regard to format,
length and availability of films/programmes, before making your proposal.
For further information or questions about the issue, please contact its
co-editors: Tricia Close-Koenig <tkoenig [at] unistra [dot] fr>, Claude
Mussou <cmussou [at] ina [dot] fr>, Angela Saward <a [dot] saward [at]
wellcome [dot] ac [dot] uk> and Jessica Borge <jborge [at] unistra [dot]
fr>. We invite you to submit your proposals (500 word abstract) by 1
June 2019 to VIEW’s managing editor at <journal [at] euscreen [dot] eu>.
Authors will be notified by 1 July and full articles (3000-6000 words)
must be submitted by October 2019, they will then be circulated for the
double-blind peer reviewing process, for publication in winter 2020.
About VIEW Journal
See www.viewjournal.eu <http://www.viewjournal.eu> for the current and
back issues. VIEW is supported by the EUscreen Network
<http://blog.euscreen.eu/> and published by the Netherlands Institute
for Sound and Vision. VIEW is proud to be an open access journal. All
articles are hosted by Ubiquity Press and indexed through the Directory
of Open Access Journals, the EBSCO Film and Television Index, Paperity
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