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[Commlist] cfp Across the Live / Mediatised Divide: A Cross-Disciplinary Audience Research Conference
Wed May 29 13:56:03 GMT 2019
call for papers:
Across the Live / Mediatised Divide A Cross-Disciplinary Audience
Tuesday 17 September 2019 Department of Theatre, Film & Television,
University of York
Professor Martin Barker (Aberystwyth University)
Dr Kirsty Sedgman (University of Bristol)
Audience research is a growing area in many diverse areas of study, from
film, television and theatre to music, communications media and gaming.
As a developing and inherently interdisciplinary area of academic study,
the methodological components of audience research are constantly
evolving, inviting innovative approaches to methodologies. This form of
research is notoriously demanding, presenting ethical, epistemological
and practical issues that need to be considered before any research can
begin to take place. Given both the fast-moving and demanding nature of
audience research, it is therefore more than usually suited to input and
support from cross-disciplinary researchers, who can share their own
experiences and practices. However, whilst collaboration within subject
areas is more common, there is little opportunity for researchers
working with audiences from different cultural practices to come
together and share their practice and experiences.
This one-day conference will bring together academics and researchers
from across the disciplines of film and television, media and
communications, theatre and performance studies to present their
research approaches and share their processes and their experiences. The
organisers invite people working in the area of audience research in any
field to submit proposals for 20 minute papers, or other forms of
presentation. We strongly encourage proposals from postgraduate
researchers and early career researchers; however, all are welcome to
apply. Presentations on any form of audience research are welcome, but a
particular focus on methodological issues or innovations is encouraged.
Subjects for proposals may include the following topics (although all
aspects of audience research will be considered):
• Considerations of how audiences find meaning in the works that they
see, and the relationship this has to the intended meaning of the producer.
• Marginalised or under-researched audiences and the ways in which their
feedback might challenge hegemonic ideas about cultural products and
• The reception of specific art forms or genres and audience
expectations of these.
• Cultural differences in the reception of the same product.
• Artist and audience communication, and ways in which audiences can
feed into the creative process
• The place of cultural intermediaries in shaping audience experience. •
Reflections on collaborative audience research, considering the role of
partners and gatekeepers, means of knowledge exchange and collaborative
• Innovative or emerging audience research methodologies, and how we can
make our research accessible and meaningful to participants
• How audience research might better drive sectoral change and impact on
arts, culture and creative industries policy
Proposals should be no more than 300 words, accompanied by an author
biography of no more than 100 words. In order to allow us to make the
event as inclusive as possible, we would encourage potential presenters
to inform us of any particular access requirements they might have, as
well as any specific AV requirements they require for their presentation.
Please send proposals or any enquiries to Shelley Anne Galpin
((sag534 /at/ york.ac.uk) <mailto:(sag534 /at/ york.ac.uk)>) and Emma McDowell
((pcelmd /at/ leeds.ac.uk) <mailto:(pcelmd /at/ leeds.ac.uk)>). The closing date for
proposals is Friday 28th June 2019. Contributors will be notified by
Registration will open June 2019 and is £40 (£25 for early bird
registration by Friday 16th August). We are able to offer bursaries of
£30 to a limited number of PGRs / unwaged researchers as a contribution
towards travel costs. We also encourage anyone with specific access
needs to get in touch with the conference organisers, to ensure we are
able to make the event as inclusive and accessible as possible.
For more details on any of the information above, or anything else to do
with the conference, do get in touch with Shelley Anne Galpin
((sag534 /at/ york.ac.uk) <mailto:(sag534 /at/ york.ac.uk)>) and/or Emma McDowell
((pcelmd /at/ leeds.ac.uk) <mailto:(pcelmd /at/ leeds.ac.uk)>).
Follow the conference on Twitter: @across_audience
This conference is organised by Shelley Anne Galpin (University of York)
and Emma McDowell (University of Leeds) and is funded generously by the
White Rose College of Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) as a Student Led Forum,
the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the University of York.
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