Inaugural Issue: Journal of Popular Television

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Tobias Hochscherf / University of Applied Sciences Kiel, germany

Call for Papers:  The Journal of Popular Television

This international, peer-reviewed journal invites articles on all aspects of popular television, both fictional and non-fictional, from docudramas and sports to news and cultural programming. The first volume will be published in 2013 by Intellect (UK).

Published bi-annually, the journal is rooted in the belief that popular television continues to play a major cultural, political and social role, and thus seeks contributions that contextualise programmes, genres and phenomena. Analysis of national television cultures and style are welcomed, but the editors are particularly interested in interdisciplinary, empirical and comparative approaches to shows and developments across national boundaries.

The journal seeks to be equally responsive to contemporary developments in television production and contemporary currents within television criticism and theory, and to historical approaches and re-evaluation of canonical and non-canonical texts. Possible topics of interest might include (but are not limited to): studies of individual programmes, audiences, format trading, comparisons of different broadcast policies, quality television, reality television, television personalities and stars, documentaries, sport, children's television, and comedy

Articles of between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length (excluding references) are invited, and should use the Harvard referencing system. Further information, including Notes for Contributors, are available at:,id=216/view,page=0/.  Articles and queries can be submitted directly to the principal editor, James Leggott, at  Articles can also be submitted via the Intellect website. The journal will published themed issues and prospective guest editors are invited to contact the editor with a proposal. Prospective book reviewers should also approach the editor directly.