Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Conference bringing international scholars to discuss TV studies

Television studies scholars from around the world will gather in North Quad Thursday-Saturday to discuss television's place in the 21st century during a conference hosted by the Department of Communication Studies.

"Television and Television Studies in the 21st Century," scheduled in Room 2435, will allow participants to focus on four topics that have been vital to understanding television's impact on the world: identity, politics, globalization, and the digital transition.


"Television and Television Studies in the 21st Century" conference website

All sessions are free and open to the public.

"Overall, we hope to come away with a concrete sense of how TV, as an object of study, has changed and … how we might rethink some of the theoretical frameworks for thinking about television in the 21st century," said Aswin Punathambekar, associate professor of communication studies, who coordinated the conference with Amanda Lotz, associate professor of communication studies.

Television studies is relatively new since emerging as a distinct field in the mid-1990s, Lotz said.

Many of those who founded the field are beginning to retire. One of the things the conference does is intentionally plug in multiple generations of scholars to share their expertise, she said.

The topics, which will be discussed by a keynote speaker followed by three respondents, include:

• Television's Past, Present and Future — Charlotte Brunsdon, University of Warwick, (UK). She has analyzed television and film cultures in books and articles on topics ranging from London in cinema to public debates about the erection of satellite dishes.

• Television and the Nation in an Era of Globalization — Graeme Turner, University of Queensland, (Australia). One of the leading figures in cultural and media studies in Australia and internationally, Turner's research has covered literature, film, television, radio, new media, journalism, and popular culture.

• Digital Television — James Bennett, University of London, (UK). His research examines digital television and culture, production cultures and public service broadcasting.

• Television and Politics — Horace Newcomb, University of Georgia. He has written extensively about television for more than four decades. He is editor of The Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Television, a three-volume, reference work containing over 1,000 essays on television related topics.

• Television, Text and Identity — Herman Gray, University of California-Santa Cruz. He has published widely in the areas of cultural studies, popular culture, mass communication, and minority discourse.