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"Steven F. Anderson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 3 Jun 1998 16:25:55 -0700
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Apropos of recent postings about the Spectator, following is the Call for
Papers for the Fall 1998 issue:
Spectator: The University of Southern California Journal of Film and TV
Criticism. Call for papers
Fall 1998:  Monitor-ing Television: Race and Representation
Submissions Due:  September 15 1998
The landscape of television has been significantly altered in recent
years.  The installation of cable,  the introduction of competing
networks, connections to the internet with such channels as MSNBC have
opened up the realm of television to numerous possibilities. A cursory look
at the contemporary media landscape, reveals the ways in which race has
figured prominently in television discourse.  The Rodney King beating and
subsequent Los Angeles Riots, the O.J. Simpson trial, President Clinton's
recent travels to Africa and the possibility of his decision to issue a
formal apology for the atrocities of slavery are but a few of the so
called real race dramas that have played out on television.  In the
meantime, the emergence of the Warner Brothers Network (WB) and The United
Paramount Network (UPN) has raised questions as to the creation of so
called ghetto networks to deal with other subject matter.  Race will
continue to play a central role in television as it has in American society
for decades. This issue of the Spectator seeks cross disciplinary
approaches to the complexities of televising race.
Possible essay topics include (but are not limited to):
* The impact of television's diversification-- cable programming, public
access, the internet etc.-- on the dialogue on race. * Racialized
audiences and reception  *Television's construction of racialized others.
*Race and television advertising *Regional cable and race *Public access
stations and minority communities. *Television docudramas and racially
coded events. *Talkshows and Race *Televising race or racial conflict
within a global context. *Intersections of class, sexuality, gender and
racial representation.  *Political correctness *Animation and race.
Please submit a 12-20 page, double spaced manuscript (5,000 words) in MLA
end note style to:
Christine Acham/Spectator
School of Cinema-Television
Division of Critical Studies
University of Southern California
Los Angeles CA. 90089-2211
For more information or questions, contact
Christine Acham:  [log in to unmask]
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