Call for Papers: ŚTheatre Plays on British Televisioną conference,
University of Westminster, Friday 19 October 2012
The first conference arising from the AHRC-funded research project Screen
Plays: Theatre Plays on British Television will be held at the University of
Westminster on Friday 19 October 2012.
Screen Plays is concerned with all plays written for the theatre that have
been produced for British television since 1930. The project documents and
develops new critical approaches to the television presentation of these
plays, seeking to understand the institutional, production, technological
and aesthetic contexts for these adaptations within both broadcasting and
British theatre. More can be read about the projectąs aims and activities on
the blog at http://screenplaystv.wordpress.com
<http://screenplaystv.wordpress.com/> . The permanent page for the
conference is http://screenplaystv.wordpress.com/2012-conference.
Proposals are invited for twenty-minute papers and panels tackling issues
and topics within the broad area of theatre plays on British television from
1930 to the present. In order to encourage a truly interdisciplinary
discussion we warmly welcome proposals from scholars and postgraduate
students working on the histories of broadcasting, media, drama, theatre and
Possible topics for examination and exploration include, but are not limited
to, the following:
€ The forms and screen languages of British television presentations of
€ Studies of particular genres, plays or playwrights across time.
€ The changing social and cultural meanings of theatre on television and
the ways in which these were regarded and exploited by broadcasters in
particular historical circumstances.
€ The extensive commercial and cultural relationships between the
theatre, individual companies and television.
€ The movement of practitioners between the spheres of theatre and
€ The institutional, production, technological and aesthetic contexts of
these adaptations within both broadcasting and British theatre.
€ Audience and reception studies into how viewers engaged with these
€ The evolution of what may be regarded as the Śnormativeą style of
studio drama, and the development of new forms within and beyond the studio.
€ The post-1980s decline of theatre on British television and the recent
revival of interest in its possibilities in the multi-platform age.
Proposals in the form of a 250-word abstract and brief biography (or
200-word panel outline, with accompanying individual abstracts and brief
biographies), should be submitted to both John Wyver
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Dr Amanda Wrigley ([log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> ) by 29 February 2012. It is intended
that the conference will give rise to an edited collection of essays on
theatre plays on British television.
Apologies for cross-posting.
Dr Amanda Wrigley
Dr Amanda Wrigley, Research Associate
Screen Plays: Theatre Plays on British Television
University of Westminster
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