CFP: Research Workshops

SYMPOSIUM THEME: “Generation(s) of Television Studies”
It expresses two interlocking ideas concerning television studies, both of which are of equal importance in this symposium.

    The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2013

1. When read using the singular form “generation,” the title identifies the importance of not simply understanding a field of scholarly study, but how and in what ways it comes into being. As historians of many scholarly disciplines remind us, scholarly work doesn¹t simply happen. Rather, it is generated by a complex combination of specific people working in specific places, times and situations. Recovering the generation of a field of study–such as, in this case, television studies–helps not only enhance our understanding of the field and its importance. Doing so also helps critically evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, thus helping suggest how to remake it to take better account of television in society.

2. When read using the plural form “generations,” the title for this symposium emphasizes how a field of scholarly study changes over time. One can identify different generations of scholars and scholarly work characterized by the ascendency of different kinds of approaches taken and conclusions drawn. Recovering the generations that characterize a field of study–again, in this case, television studies–also enhances our understanding of a field. It adds historical depth and helps us better appreciate the diversity of the field while emphasizing the fact of and the need for a field¹s continual critical re-evaluation, no matter how authoritative any particular approach may be at any single point in time.

Graduate student research workshops
As part of the program, symposium presenters will facilitate 75-minute long research workshops for graduate students. The purpose of these workshops is to afford young scholars the opportunity to share their ideas and receive feedback from senior scholars in the field. We are honored to offer spots in research workshops with the following faculty members:

Dr. Thomas Schatz, Professor; Mrs. Mary Gibbs Jones Centennial Chair in
Communication, Department of Radio/Television/Film, University of Texas
at Austin

Dr. James Hay, Professor of Media and Cinema Studies, Institute of
Communications Research, Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory,
University of Illinois

Dr. David Thorburn, Professor of Literature; Director, MIT Communications
Forum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Amanda Lotz, Associate Professor, Department of Communication
Studies, University of Michigan

Dr. Jeffrey P. Jones, Associate Professor; Director, Institute of
Humanities, Old Dominion University

Dr. Alisa Perren, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Georgia State University

The purpose of the workshop format is to give participants the opportunity to receive feedback on nascent projects from leading scholars in the field while also providing constructive feedback on the work of other young scholars. Workshop participants will present works-in-progress (i.e., Drafts of scholarly articles, research proposals, chapters of dissertations and theses) in small groups and receive feedback on ideas, arguments, methodology, theoretical approaches, and presentation from workshop facilitators and other participants. Depending upon the number and quality of proposed projects, the organizers will attempt to group similar projects into workshops in order to facilitate meaningful interactions among participants pursuing work in a similar vein.

Possible research areas include, but are not limited to:
-Textual studies of television programs
-Television and auteur studies
-Television history
-Audience analysis
-Modes of production and distribution
-Political economy of television
-Television and social identity
-Telecommunication policy and law
-Television and new media/digital technology
-Fandom and subcultures
-New theories of television

Submit a 250-word summary of your project, including an overview of theoretical perspective and methodology, as well as several keywords about the project.

The deadline for submissions is March 1. Notification from symposium organizers will be emailed before March 15.

Please direct all questions, concerns, and queries to


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