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Call for Papers

We are now accepting proposals for:

Console-ing Passions:
A Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media, and Feminism

April 24-26, 2008 - Santa Barbara, California

Founded by a group of feminist media scholars and artists, Console-ing
Passions works to create collegial spaces for new work and scholarship on
culture and identity in television and related media, with an emphasis on
gender and sexuality.

Since the early 1990s, Console-ing Passions conferences have featured new
research on feminist perspectives, including race and ethnicity,
post-colonialism, queer studies, globalization, national identity,
television genres, the social and cultural study of new media, the
historical development of media, and an ongoing feminist concern with
gender dynamics in the production and consumption of electronic media.
Our consideration of television, digital, and aural media comes at a
pivotal moment of political, social, cultural, and technological
transformation.  Key among our concerns for the 2008 Console-ing Passions
conference is the fact that race, gender and important feminist issues will
be prominent topics of political discourse in electronic and digital media
during this crucial presidential election year.  Issues such as
reproductive rights, and gay marriage, for example, are hotly contested
issues often addressed in the mediasphere. The introduction of blogs, viral
video, and social networking sites has had a tremendous impact on
traditional media, and their influences on politics represent a shift in
the mediation of democratic processes in the U.S., and in different parts
of the world.  We are also interested in how new mobile video technologies
(i.e., cell phones, and ipods) inaugurate a new era of “ubiquitous media”
and participate in the renegotiation of the private and public spheres. 
Some of these recent changes are related to historical processes. As
always, we are very interested in historical research on television, audio
and new media.

Taking advantage of our conference location in Santa Barbara, California,
which is very close to both the Hollywood film and TV industry, and the
information technology hub of Silicon Valley, we also invite submissions
that explore the position of women and ethnic minorities in these media and
information industries.

We are interested in these and other topics that consider such developments
specifically from feminist perspectives.  We invite paper proposals that
consider, but are not limited to the following:

? gender, media and presidential politics
? history and theory of television
? women, race, and the Don Imus effect
? feminism and the blogosphere
? YouTube and social networking
? gender, 'nature' and media
? experimental media histories and criticism
? women in media industries
? gender and media spaces
? media and reproductive politics
? media and gay/lesbian politics
? reality TV
? second life, gaming, virtual reality online
? religion and media
? gender and technology
? gender and violence
? militarism
? mobile media activism
? theories of post-television
? theorizing TV in the age of Tivo
? gender, media and globalization

Deadline for receipt of proposals is NOVEMBER 1, 2007

Conference convenes April 24-26, 2008

Individual Papers: Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words with
a short bio.  Be sure to include titles for all submissions (papers,
panels, workshops, and screenings).

Panels: Submit a rationale for the panel (3-4 papers) of no more than 150
words, as well as abstracts of 500 words for each paper and a short bio and
contact information for each contributor.

Workshops: Submit a rationale for the workshop (a series of short, informal
presentations on a related topic, meant to encourage discussion), along
with individual abstracts of no more than 200 words and a short bio and
contact information for each participant.

Screenings of video, audio, or new media work: Please submit an abstract of
no more than 500 words and a short bio of the producer/director.

All submissions must include an email message with the following
information: name, title (if applicable), affiliation, email address, and
telephone number for the author, panel or workshop organizer, or
producer/director for screenings. Email message should also specify the
audio/visual equipment needed for the presentation.  Please be as specific
about a/v needs as possible.

It is preferable that proposals be saved as PDF files.  All proposals must
have a title.  All proposals must be attached to the email message. 
Email message and PDF files should be labeled as follows:  your last name
and the type of proposal (i.e. Smithpaper or Smithpanel or Smithworkshop or

Submit all proposals to ? [log in to unmask]
Direct all questions about the conference and the submission process to:
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See the Console-ing Passions website: for
more information about Console-ing Passions and links to the 2008
conference.  Or you can go directly to the conference website at:

The conference will take place in the UCEN on the UCSB campus.

We look forward to seeing you in Santa Barbara!

Conference Co-Chairs:
Anna Everett and Lisa Parks
Dept. of Film and Media Studies            
University of California-Santa Barbara

Michele Hilmes 
Professor, Media and Cultural Studies 
Director, Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research 
Department of Communication Arts 
University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Madison, WI 53706 

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