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Catherine Grant <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 9 May 2006 11:46:47 +0100
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Could you please post the following announcement to the Screen L list. Thank
you. Apologies for cross-postings:

University of Kent Annual Film Studies Symposium


Thursday 1st June, 2006, 10.00am-4.30pm

Grimond Lecture Theatre 3, Canterbury Campus, UK

Despite the 'virtual omnipresence' (Mittell, 2004) of generic categories in
television, from television scheduling and listings, channel branding, and
everyday talk, through to academic study, the complexity of the medium's
relations with genre has rarely been subjected to sustained analysis. Given
contemporary developments in television itself, as well as the on-going
development of Television Studies as an academic discipline, the time seems
right to revisit the question of genre within the medium. With this in mind,
the University of Kent is hosting a one-day symposium that aims to
interrogate television's relations with genre, as these range across
questions of history, methodological approach, aesthetics and evaluation.
The fact that generic categories are never 'neutral' -- that ascribing or
debating generic categories also involves processes of evaluation -- forms a
particularly important theme of the day. The symposium aims to offer an
eclectic range of papers, including those that address specific programme
texts, and those that offer explorations of broader conceptual, theoretical
and historical debates, as well as time for open discussion of the themes

Speakers include

Professor John Ellis, Royal Holloway, University of London

Professor Robin Nelson, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Steven Peacock, Southampton Solent University

Dr Su Holmes, University of Kent

This one-day event is the latest in a series of annual Film Studies symposia
held at Kent since 1998 (previous keynote speakers have included David
Bordwell, Kristin Thompson, Victor Perkins, Steve Neale, Richard Allen and
Robert Stam).

The 2006 symposium is organised by Dr Sarah Cardwell (Adaptation Revisited
[2002]; Andrew Davies [2005]) and Dr Su Holmes (British TV and Film Culture
in the 1950s: Coming to a TV Near You! [2005]; Understanding Reality TV
[2004], co-editor).

Entrance is free. For further information please contact Jan Langbein
([log in to unmask]; tel. 01227 823177) or Dr Catherine Grant
([log in to unmask]; tel. 01227 823749). The full programme will be
circulated shortly.

Dr Catherine Grant
Film Studies, SDFVA
University of Kent
Kent CT2 7NX
tel. +44 (0)1227 823749
email [log in to unmask]

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