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Yale On Television Conference Poster

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Conference Schedule Now Available

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Acceptances have been sent!

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Announcing: On Television's Keynote Panel

Remarks from three distinguished television scholars on the state of the medium and the state of the field:
John Caldwell, UCLA
Anna McCarthy, NYU
Candace Moore, University of Michigan

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Call for Papers


A Conference
On Television

Yale University
February 3-4, 2012

We all watch television. But in this moment of dispersed and fragmented viewership, we all engage with television differently: as an entertainment medium, a home appliance, a range of program content, a description of viewing behavior, a set of technologies, a media industry, and a means for collective social experiences. Both technological platform and cultural form, television sits at the intersection of a number of humanities and social science disciplines. As observers of -- and participants in -- this contemporary moment, we are compelled to ask: What makes television television?

This conference will address contemporary trends in the field of television studies and reconsider the historical currents that inform our understandings of the present and prospective future of the medium. Proposed topics include:

  • the changing contexts of production and issues of labor
  • the politics of television
  • aesthetic and formal responses to the changing landscape of programming
  • television as a national and transnational space
  • theorizing contemporary television
  • the place of "television studies" in a new media context.

Submissions welcome from all humanities and social science disciplines and approaches. Critical abstracts should be approximately 250-300 words, and should be emailed to Panel proposals are welcome. The deadline for submitting abstracts and proposals is now September 30, 2011.

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