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[Commlist] CFP - Television Aesthetics: Now What?

Sat Apr 23 09:26:14 GMT 2022

*Conference CFP – Deadline extended until _Tuesday 3 May 2022_.*



*University of Kent | 7-8 July 2022*


*Jason Mittell* (Middlebury College)

*Iris Vidmar Jovanović* (University of Rijeka)

***With apologies for cross-posting***

The Aesthetics Research Centre at the University of Kent is delighted to invite paper proposals for *‘Television Aesthetics: Now What?’ *(7-8 July 2022), a conference organised with generous funding from the British Society of Aesthetics <>.

The title of this conference – ‘Television Aesthetics: Now What?’ – is *a provocative metacritical question about the state of the field*. Television aesthetics has established itself as a distinct, and at times controversial, field of inquiry within television studies. Scholars in television aesthetics have made progress in outlining some of the field’s parameters, especially the importance of close analysis of individual television series in defence of the medium’s artistic value. However, although television aesthetics is no longer an emerging field, its specific remit beyond issues of artistic value needs to be further clarified.

To this end, our conference aims*to bring together philosophical aesthetics with both television studies and television aesthetics*. We wish to stimulate exchange across different disciplines and approaches, with contributions from television scholars, philosophers, and aestheticians. In bringing together these different perspectives, we hope to make some headway towards answering the question ‘Now what for television aesthetics?’

We welcome papers that will,

  * Broadly address aesthetic issues relating to television;
  * Offer reflections on and critiques of the field of television
  * Show how television studies and philosophical aesthetics might
    fruitfully interact (and the possible limits to this interaction);
  * Consider aesthetic questions relating to different genres and forms
    of television, either historical or contemporary;
  * Explore the intersections between aesthetics and questions of
    identity (e.g. national, racial, gender, sexual, disability, class)
    and/or politics;
  * Take an aesthetic approach to the various specificities of
    television – e.g. TV as an artistic medium, a broadcast technology,
    a domestic product, an industry.**



Papers will be *20 minutes long*, followed by a *10-minute Q&A*.

To submit your paper proposal, please email the following to *(televisionaesthetics /at/* <mailto:(televisionaesthetics /at/>:

 1. An *anonymised* paper proposal of *no longer than 500 words
    *(excluding bibliography).

 2. A separate document containing:
     1. The title of your paper
     2. A short bio of the author(s)

Please send your abstracts to *(televisionaesthetics /at/* <mailto:(televisionaesthetics /at/>**by *23:59 BST on Tuesday 3 May 2022*. We aim to notify those who submit a proposal of the outcome by *15 May 2022*.


The British Society of Aesthetics has Travel Stipends available for postgraduate students, early career researchers, and those employed in fixed-term positions in the UK, *up to a maximum of £800*.

See here for more details: <>

We have also allocated a portion of the conference budget towards supporting travel for postgraduate students, early career researchers, and independent researchers who are not eligible for a BSA travel stipend. These travel bursaries will be allocated on a case-by-case basis. If you want to be considered for such a travel bursary, please also include a brief rationale to the document with your paper title and bio.

Should you have any questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us at (televisionaesthetics /at/ <mailto:(televisionaesthetics /at/>.

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