The fifth Flow Conference, hosted by the graduate students and faculty of the Radio-Television-Film department at the University of Texas at Austin, will be held September 11th to 13th, 2014.

The conference will feature a series of roundtables, each organized around a discussion question on contemporary issues in television/media culture and scholarship. Respondents are asked to submit a brief (150 word) abstract addressing one of the roundtable questions posted on the Flow website. The deadline for submissions is Monday, May 5, 2014.

2014 Roundtable Topics include:

***More information regarding the roundtable questions as well as information on how to submit responses can be found at

--Attend the Audience: Changing Audience Analysis
--Getting Back to “So What?”
--Comic Book Takeover: The Ubiquitous Influence of the Medium in Hollywood
--Plug & Play: The Intersections of Television Studies and Game Studies
--Missing in Action: Quality TV and Canonization
--Reconsidering Digital Distribution
--Streaming and the Return of Williams’ Flow
--Ex-Pat TV
--Enunciative Fan Production and Social “Flow”
--Reconsidering Formal Analysis
--How Do We Make the Past Visible?
--Music Made for TV: Reassessing the History of Pop Music in/on Television
--After the Industry Turn
--Television Labor: Historical Trajectories and Contemporary Concerns in Global Contexts
--By Design: Material Histories of Media Interfaces and Cultures
--Policy Matters: Exploring Opportunities for Media Policy Scholars in Public Debates
--Toys, T-Shirts, and Tumblers: These Are Not the Paratexts You Are Looking For (Hint: The Films Are)
--The 21st Century Television Classroom: How, Why, & Why Not
--Race in 21st Century Television: How Much Has Changed?
--An Impermeable Structure: Minority and Female Employment (or lack thereof) in the Television Industry
--Reconciling Queer TV
--Theory: How Can Media Studies Make “The T Word” More User-Friendly?
--“Not in the Margin Anymore”: The Transnational Turn in Contemporary TV
--Political Television and Perceptions of American Politics
--Looking Forward by Looking Back: The Role of Historical Inquiry in Current TV Studies
--“Branded Entertainment”: Digital Advertising and New TV Business Models

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