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[Commlist] cfp: 100 Years of the BBC special issues of Critical Studies in Television
Fri Nov 20 12:19:19 GMT 2020
A reminder of the call for papers for the 2022 special issues of
Critical Studies in Television
CFP: One Hundred Years of the BBC
In 2022, one hundred years will have passed since the formation of the
British Broadcasting Company, later to become the pioneering public
service broadcaster best known as the BBC. The BBC has had an enormous
impact on television culture in its first one hundred years, providing a
blueprint for independent publicly funded broadcasting. The BBC has been
a testing ground for new developments in broadcasting technology and
infrastructure. It has provided space for programme makers to innovate
new forms, as well as to display national traditions - and invent some
of its own. It has offered important public space to playwrights,
scientists, politicians, musicians, historians, performers and many more
thinkers to enlighten, to amuse, to infuriate. Its formative mantra of
‘inform, educate, entertain’ has undergone many modifications over time
but these aims remain core to its contemporary ethos. Its goal of
providing impartial and balanced news, current affairs and analysis has
been tested numerous times in divisive political climates. It was born
of a patriarchal, colonialist and elitist view of cultural uplift. How
has it changed over its long life?
/Critical Studies in Television/will be marking the centenary of this
television institution with a series of themed special issues throughout
2022. Each will explore a distinct feature of the BBC and its work in
television, providing historical contextualisation, critique and new
debates on the output, culture and influence of this important
We are looking for contributions to these themed issues in one of these
·/Original research articles/(6000 – 8000 words): articles that present
fresh textual analysis of BBC programmes or content, empirical research
that can provide a new perspective on the history or culture of the BBC,
or innovative methodologies or theorisations for understanding the
historic and contemporary influence of the BBC.
·/Provocations/– (up to 3000 words) pithy essays that stimulate debate
on an aspect of the BBC’s television programming, history or culture.
These do not have to present new research but should inspire new ways of
thinking about the BBC.
·/Interviews –/(up to 5000 words) an edited interview with industry
professionals who have worked within or alongside the BBC, past or present.
·Publishers and authors who are planning to publish books relating to
the BBC in the run-up to and during 2022 can contact Christine Geraghty,
editor of the book review section, about possible reviews.
The themes for the issues will be as follows:
*Volume 1: BBC Nations and Regions*
In the BBC’s current charter, one of its five public purposes is to
‘reflect, represent and serve the diverse communities of all of the
United Kingdom’s nations and regions’. The recent combination of Brexit
and a global pandemic have revealed deep divisions between the nations
and regions of the UK. In this febrile context, how might we assess the
BBC’s current and historical reflections of these diverse communities?
We are particularly interested in contributions that explore the BBC’s
role in serving (or not) underrepresented communities within the UK.
*Volume 2: BBC Channels, Programmes and Brands*
The BBC’s creation of programming and channel brands has been a
long-term feature of its survival strategy, spreading its public
purposes further and wider than its original broadcast contexts. This
volume will explore the ways in which BBC brands are meaningful and
functional in both UK and in global contexts. We welcome contributions
that focus on BBC channel brands, or analysis of other forms of branding
across the BBC, within and between programming. We also welcome
reflections on how the BBC’s institutional identity is reflected in and
through its programming.
*Volume 3: Women and the BBC*
Recent controversies around equal pay, misogynistic abuse towards BBC
personalities and a lack of female representation at the top of the
corporation suggest that the institution has far to go in matters of
gender equality. How might we characterise the relationship between
corporate and on-screen representation of women? And how has the BBC
responded to changing socio-cultural attitudes and discourses defining
women over time? We are particularly interested in contributions that
address the historical and contemporary stories of female workers at the
BBC, analyses how BBC programming give representation to women's lives
and serve female audiences, or explore experiences or representations of
genders and sexualities at the BBC.
*Volume 4: The BBC In the World*
The fifth public purpose in the BBC’s current Charter is that the
institution should ‘reflect the United Kingdom, its culture and values
to the world’. This volume will cast a critical eye over this facet of
the BBC, critically appraising its global reputation. For this volume,
we are especially interested in submissions that explore the BBC’s
historical and current relationship with television cultures outside of
the West. We welcome submissions that explore and critique the BBC in
post-colonial contexts and in BRICS nations.
Editor for the volume is Dr. Hannah Andrews; if you have any questions,
then please contact her (athannah.andrews /at/ edgehill.ac.uk)
<mailto:(hannah.andrews /at/ edgehill.ac.uk)>. For initial expressions of
interest in contributing to any of these issues, please send a short
(250 words) abstract and biographical note to Dr. Andrews by*18 December
2020*. Please make sure you indicate which format (see above) you would
like your contribution to take. As part of CST’s ongoing commitment to
publishing new voices, we are particularly interested in expressions of
interest from Early Career Researchers who would like to submit work
from PhD projects completed or nearing completion.
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