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Television without Borders: Transfers, Translations and Transnational

An International Conference at the University of Reading

27-29 June 2008



Call for Papers


In the last few years, critics have decried the end of television, but
television has responded to challenges relatively quickly. Globalisation has
increased the revenues of many national broadcasting institutions, created
new export markets and fostered international co-productions, while digital
technologies have been adapted and exploited to entice those audiences back
that appeared to turn to other media, most notably the internet. The
conference will explore how television crosses borders: how are television
programmes imported and exported? What role do international co-productions
play? How does television translate into, and borrow from, other media?
These and many other questions will be at the heart of the three-day


Confirmed speakers are


Prof. Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Prof. Jeffrey Miller, Augustana College

Prof. John Ellis, Royal Holloway, University of London

Prof. Jonathan Bignell, University of Reading


There will also be television professionals speaking at the conference, who
will include executives, archivists and programme-makers with expertise in
television policy, international acquisitions, programme planning and
digital archiving.


We are currently seeking proposals for papers to be delivered at the event.
We are particularly, though not exclusively, interested in the following


*	Challenges to national television histories
*	Programme flow between countries 
*	International co-productions
*	Adaptation of programme formats
*	Creation of geo-linguistic markets
*	National broadcasters and international programme flow
*	Impact of foreign product on national programming
*	The relationship between the global and the local
*	Crossing borders via the internet
*	Inter-medial adaptations (games, films, etc.)
*	The role of YouTube,, Facebook and other webpages
*	On Demand Services
*	Digital television archives
*	Satellite technologies and national borders
*	Diasporic communities and transnational television




Please send proposal of no more than 250 words with a title and brief
biographical details to the address below.



For Panels, please send a panel rationale of no more than 150 words and the
three proposals of no more than 250 words each, with biographical details of
the speakers, to the address below.


For further information or to send proposals, please contact:


Elke Weissmann: [log in to unmask]




Elke Weissmann

University of Reading

Department of Film, Theatre and Television

Bulmershe Court

Woodlands Avenue

Reading, RG6 1HQ



Deadline for any proposals is Friday, 14 December 2007.


The conference is the culminating public event in the three-year research
project 'British TV Drama and Acquired US Programmes, 1970-2000', funded by
the Arts & Humanities Research Council, and aims to place the project's
topic in a wider context.  The conference and the project are hosted by the
Centre for Television Drama Studies at the University of Reading.



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