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Michele Hilmes <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 30 Nov 2004 06:45:49 -0600
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>Call For Papers: Cultures of British Television Drama, 13-15 September, 2005
>Organised by the Centre for Television Drama Studies at the University of
>Reading, under the auspices of the AHRB-funded research project, 'Cultures
>of British Television Drama, 1960-82', this conference will focus on
>television drama in Britain, from the pre-war period of BBC broadcasting to
>the present day. The conference aims to give a broad platform to new
>research into British television drama from a range of textual,
>institutional, and cultural perspectives, and to reopen debates around the
>past, present and future of television drama in Britain.
>In particular (though not exclusively) we welcome papers that:
>* address the theoretical and methodological questions arising from the
>study of 'popular' television drama and popular culture and/or explore
>previously under-explored genres and popular series, serials and single
>* interrogate the categories of serious, radical, progressive, quality,
>and/or experimental television drama in British television, offering new
>research in these areas
>* incorporate research into the institutions and professional practices
>which have surrounded the production of British television drama and/or the
>micro and macroeconomic factors affecting the production of fiction on
>British television
>* discuss the output of regionally-based drama departments, independent
>production companies, and commercial television companies
>* consider drama produced for specific audiences (e.g. children's/youth
>drama, women's genres, etc.) and/or think about the complex modes of viewing
>at play in the reception of British television drama
>* analyse the relationship between British television drama and other media
>(e.g. film, theatre, radio) and/or the relationship between British
>television drama and the output of other national television services
>* draw on new archival research into the history of British television
>drama, or that incorporate the first-hand accounts of practitioners working
>on television drama over its seventy year history in Britain
>* engage with questions of historiography in the study of British television
>drama, and analyse how a canonical body of texts and received histories have
>been established in previous studies of British Television Drama,
>questioning previous methodologies, theoretical assumptions, and the
>inclusions and exclusions of television drama study.
>The conference will run from the 13th to the 15th of September 2005 at the
>University of Reading's Bulmershe campus. The conference will begin at
>approximately 4 p.m. and will end at approximately 4 p.m. High quality
>residential accommodation will be available for the duration of the
>conference. Booking details will be circulated at a later date.
>'Cultures of British Television Drama: 1960-82' is directed by Dr Jonathan
>Bignell (University of Reading), Dr Stephen Lacey (Manchester Metropolitan
>University), and Prof John Ellis (Royal Holloway, University of London) and
>combines analytical and archival study of British television drama
>programming between these years. The project focuses in particular on
>popular generic television drama in the period (based on postdoctoral
>research undertaken by Dr. Helen Wheatley at the University of Reading),
>institutional cultures and practices, and the regional drama output of
>Granada and BBC Pebble Mill (through doctoral research conducted by Lez
>Cooke at Manchester Metropolitan University). This conference is the
>culmination of a series of symposia organised in conjunction with the Centre
>for Television Drama Studies at Reading and the Department of Contemporary
>Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University.
>Abstracts of proposed papers should be of 300 words (max.) and should be
>submitted by March 21st 2005. Papers should be of no more than 20 mins in
>length. We also welcome proposals for panals of three papers - abstracts for
>panels should be submitted together, along with a panel title, by March 21st
>2005. Please indicate whether you would like to screen material during your
>paper (in video or DVD formats).
>Abstracts should be sent to Helen Wheatley via email
>([log in to unmask]) or post: Dr Helen Wheatley, Dept. of Film,
>Theatre and Television, University of Reading, Bulmershe Court, Earley,
>Reading, RG6 1HY.
>Dr Helen Wheatley
>Centre for Television Drama Studies
>Department of Film, Theatre and Television
>University of Reading
>Bulmershe Court
>Woodlands Avenue
>Reading RG6 1HY
>0118 378 5894

Michele Hilmes
Professor of Media and Cultural Studies
Director, Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
Department of Communication Arts
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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