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Mark Lashley <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:06:26 -0500
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Hello all,

Below is a call for participants for a research symposium on television studies being held at the University of Georgia this April. It's a good chance for graduate students to talk with leading television scholars about work in progress. Please feel free to circulate to interested graduate students in your departments.


Mark C. Lashley
Doctoral Candidate,
Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
Graduate Assistant,
George Foster Peabody Awards
The University of Georgia
Room 320, Journalism Building
Generation(s) of Television Studies

A day-long research symposium that assesses the past, present, and future of Television Studies


Friday, April 12, 2013

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Special Collections Libraries, Room 285


The symposium theme, “Generation(s) of Television Studies,” expresses two interlocking ideas concerning television studies, both of which are of equal importance in this symposium.

1. When read using the singular form “generation,” the title identifies the importance of not simply understanding television studies as a field of scholarly study, but how and in what ways it came into being through a complex combination of specific people working in specific places, times and situations.

2. When read using the plural form “generations,” the title for this symposium emphasizes how a field of scholarly study changes over time, with different generations of scholars and scholarly work characterized by the ascendency of different kinds of approaches taken and conclusions drawn.

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Graduate student research workshops

As part of the program, symposium presenters will facilitate 75-minute long research workshops for graduate students. The purpose of these workshops is to afford young scholars the opportunity to share their ideas and receive feedback from senior scholars in the field. We are honored to offer spots in research workshops with the following faculty members:

Dr. Thomas Schatz, Professor; Mrs. Mary Gibbs Jones Centennial Chair in Communication, Department of Radio/Television/Film, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. James Hay, Professor of Media and Cinema Studies, Institute of Communications Research, Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois

Dr. David Thorburn, Professor of Literature; Director, MIT Communications Forum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Amanda Lotz, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan

Dr. Jeffrey P. Jones, Associate Professor; Director, Institute of Humanities, Old Dominion University

Dr. Alisa Perren, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Georgia State University

The purpose of the workshop format is to give participants the opportunity to receive feedback on nascent projects from leading scholars in the field while also providing constructive feedback on the work of other young scholars. Workshop participants will present works-in-progress (i.e., Drafts of scholarly articles, research proposals, chapters of dissertations and theses) in small groups and receive feedback on ideas, arguments, methodology, theoretical approaches, and presentation from workshop facilitators and other participants. Depending upon the number and quality of proposed projects, the organizers will attempt to group similar projects into workshops in order to facilitate meaningful interactions among participants pursuing work in a similar vein.

Possible research areas include, but are not limited to:

- Textual studies of television programs
- Television and auteur studies
- Television history
- Audience analysis
- Modes of production and distribution
- Political economy of television
- Television and social identity
- Telecommunication policy and law
- Television and new media/digital technology
- Fandom and subcultures
- New theories of television

Submit a 250-word summary of your project, including an overview of theoretical perspective and methodology, as well as several keywords to the project at the following link:

The deadline for submissions is March 1, with notification from symposium organizers coming March 15. 

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