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Call For Papers: Spectator Journal of Film and Television Criticism
(Spring 2000)
Special Issue: New Directions in Television Studies
Editor: Sarah Matheson ([log in to unmask])

         The recent attention given to the field of television studies
indicates an increased interest in and reflection about its place within

media and cultural studies. This dialogue often highlights the uneasy
relationship of TV studies to the larger rubric of cinema studies and
reveals important tensions that warrant further exploration. In
addition, the publication of important anthologies and other significant

works on television during the past few years clearly signals a momentum

within television criticism and indicates that we have arrived at a
crucial moment within TV studies, one that suggests a desire to regroup
and that expresses the need to cast an eye to the past as well as to the

future. Therefore, this issue of Spectator seeks articles which work to
situate and critically assess the current trajectory of TV studies as
well as essays that display an engagement with texts and/or
methodologies which represent a divergence from or reworking of the
current canon.

The Spring 2000 issue of Spectator will explore such questions as:

-How has the recent focus on the impact of global media and the
subsequent attention given to national contexts outside the United
States impacted the kinds of questions that have been central to
television studies?
-How can the use of ethnographic research within television studies
deepen our understanding of how audiences use and respond to television?

-How may television studies dovetail with related discourses on new
media and/or new technologies?
-What is the relationship between cinema studies and TV studies and how
might an alliance between these two areas be productively imagined?

Possible essay topics include:
*Feminism and television criticism
*Rethinking the dialogue on issues of race, class, gender and sexuality
in television studies
*Television spectatorship, ethnographic research and audience studies
*Global media and national/regional/local cultures
*International television and/or co-production culture
*Public broadcasting, public access
*Television and new technologies
*Bridging the gap between television and cinema scholarship

Please submit inquiries or 12-25 page, double-spaced manuscripts in
Chicago endnote style to:
Sarah Matheson/Spectator
School of Cinema-Television
Division of Critical Studies
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211

Spectator is a bi-annual journal of film and television criticism
published by the University of Southern California

Deadline for submissions is December 1, 1999

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