Call for Papers: TV and TV Studies in the 21st Century

April 24, 2013
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Logo_final_v1-01Television and Television Studies in the 21st Century is an academic conference being held September 26 – 28, 2013 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It will bring together established and emerging scholars from around the globe to discuss the future of television and television studies.

Over two-and-a-half days, five problematics will be addressed that have been central to the development of “television studies” as an identifiable academic endeavor and that continue to drive television scholarship: Television’s Past, Present, and Future; Television and the Nation in an Era of Globalization; Television and Politics; Television, Text, and Identity; and finally, Digital Television.

Each problematic will be discussed by a panel featuring an invited keynote speaker followed by two invited respondents and a third we aim to identify through this open call. We are particularly interested in having recent PhDs and advanced graduate students serve as respondents.

Conference Website: TV and Television Studies in the 21st Century [URL]

To Apply to the Open Call

Please review the topic statements from the keynote presenters and select the ONE that best fits your expertise. To review the preliminary statements, please click on the title of each topic here. By May 10, 2013, please submit via email ( the following in a single document:

  • A 250-word statement outlining the ideas of your 10-minute response. Please be specific; offer concrete examples and cases.
  • A 3-item bibliography that suggests works key to your thinking in this area.
  • A 100-word biographical statement.

The subject of your email should include the words “Open Call” and the topic to which you are responding.

We anticipate making notifications by May 30, 2013. If selected, you can expect to hear from us during the summer with further information.

Conference Organizers: Amanda Lotz and Aswin Punathambekar


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