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Stacey Abbott <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 19 Jun 2011 21:09:38 +0100
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Reminder of Deadline: 30th June 2011
Call For Papers – Special F/X and Television

A Special Issue of Critical Studies in Television: Scholarly Studies for Small Screen Fictions

Guest Editor: Stacey Abbott

The past few years has witnessed a growing interest in technological and aesthetic developments in special effects in film but little consideration has been given to the notable changes to special effects in television. Gone are the days where we assume that all effects on TV will be the low budget styrofoam sets or paper maché backdrops of Star Trek or Doctor Who. Instead science fiction series such as Battlestar Galactica have redefined expectations of TV SF with stunning computer generated visuals of outer space while TV horror series such as Being Human and The Walking Dead feature spectacular examples of special make-up effects.  Furthermore, special effects are no longer primarily the purview of telefantasy as developments within computer generated imagery have meant that CGI now plays a significant role across a wide range of television programmes including natural history programmes, documentaries, historical dramas, and forensic investigation series.  These developments reflect changing attitudes toward aesthetics in television due in part to the evolution of home viewing and broadcast technology. As a result, it is time to consider the changing face of special effects within television.  To this end, I am seeking proposals for a special issue of the journal Critical Studies in Television examining the role of special effects within television.  Proposals should be between 300-500 words for articles of up to 6000 words.  The deadline for proposals is the 30th June, 2011.

I welcome proposals on any area of special effects and television which can include, but need not be limited to, the following:

 *   History of TV special effects
 *   Economics of special effects for television
 *   Special effects and Natural history programmes
 *   Special effects and the construction of history
 *   Special effects and TV spectacle
 *   Genre: Forensic investigation, hospital drama, period programmes, historical dramas, children’s programming, telefantasy.
 *   CGI and contemporary telefantasy
 *   Special make-up effects and TV body horror
 *   Special effects and sound
 *   3-D television
 *   HD TV
 *   Relationship between special effects and home viewing technology
 *   Cult TV and special effects
 *   Low budget special effects

Proposals and a short biography of 50-100 words should be sent by the 30th June 2011 as an e-mail attachment to the editor Stacey Abbott ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>).

Stacey Abbott is a Reader in Film and Television Studies at Roehampton University. She is the author of Celluloid Vampires (University of Texas Press, 2007) and the editor of The Cult TV Book (I.B. Tauris, 2010). She has written on special effects for Science Fiction Studies, as well as on a wide selection of her favourite cult TV programmes, including Alias, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dexter, Firefly, True Blood and Ultraviolet. She is currently co-writing a book on TV horror and is the General Editor for the Investigating Cult TV series for I.B. Tauris.

Dr. Stacey Abbott
Reader in Film and Television Studies
Programme Convener for Film
Department of Media, Culture and Languages
Roehampton University
Roehampton Lane
SW15 5PH
tel: 0208 392 3439

Editor of the Investigating Cult TV series for I.B. Tauris

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