Television, Historicity, Theory--SCMS Panel, Montreal 2015

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Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference March, 2015 Montreal
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Recent publications, such as Amy Villarejo's _Ethereal Queer: Television, Historicity, Desire_ (Duke, 2014) and Jason Mittell's _Complex Television: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling_ (MediaCommons Press, 2012-13), among others, herald a paradigm shift in television theory and historiography, one that deepens and expands the current critical language of TV studies. This panel seeks to pursue this shift in critical and theoretical approaches to television studies, inviting papers that situate television in broader questions of narrativity, historicity, critical theory, and continental philosophy. Papers that bring television studies into dialogue with any number of theoretical concerns are encouraged; a broad range of topics might include, but are not limited to:

· Historical materialism; new historical approaches to TV

· Narratological investigation; applications of narrative theory

· Philosophical engagements with TV studies, including questions of technics, temporality, spatiality, materiality, etc.

· New approaches to "representation" and its particular problematics (i.e., the critical exhaustion of realism paradigm and stereotype analysis)

· Reassessments of mass culture criticism (Stuart Hall, John Caughie, Fredric Jameson, Theodor Adorno, Raymond Williams, Herman Gray, Patricia Mellencamp, John Fiske, Jane Feuer, et al.)

For this panel, I am especially interested in papers that, following Villarejo, recognize television "as one of the—if not the most—gendered and sexualized [and, I would add, racialized] apparatuses of modern technoscience, …deserving of deeper analyses of its specific function as a technology of sexual [gendered, racialized] becoming … beyond the terms of recognition and identification most often used to describe relationships between spectators and particular programs" (Ethereal Queer 7; 2014). Therefore, critical and theoretical engagements with issues/histories of television and racial formations, sexual genealogies, and gendered constructions (e.g., discussions of queer time, gendered affect, queer of color critique) are particular welcome.

Please send an abstract (max 2500 char), author bio (max 500 char), and 3-5 bibliographical references to Terri Geller at by August 5, 2014. Inquiries and questions about your topic prior to sending your draft proposal are welcome. You will be notified of acceptance by August 10th.