CFP: [Film] Television as Digital Media (due 10/01/07)

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James Bennett

CFP: Television as Digital Media
Editors: James Bennett (London Metropolitan University) and Niki Strange
(University of Sussex/Cogapp Ltd

Contributions are solicited for the publication of an edited collection
that ties in and builds on the forthcoming Television Studies Goes Digital
conference at London Metropolitan University (

Television is increasingly becoming a digital media, making a ‘new media’
out of a technology that has often been positioned as the old technology
par excellence. Without taking a technologically determined view of
television’s new digital form, we seek contributions that assess how
television’s digitalization, as part of a wider cultural change, do bring
about significant shifts in the ways we understand, theorize, use, watch
and enjoy television. From the production practices and industrial
strategies of the television industry, through to its regulation, uses and
place in the lives of its audiences, television is changing and requires us
to re-think our understanding of it with these changes.

The Television Studies Goes Digital conference provides the book with an
excellent core of contributors, including leading international scholars
such as John Caldwell, William Boddy, Karen Lury, Jeanette Steemers and
Helen Wood, as well as newly emerging academics in the field. Contributions
are therefore solicited that expand the conference’s interests to form this
edited collection. These include:
• What is the television, and what is the television studies, of
digital TV?
• What are the texts of digital television?
• What is the place and purpose of public service broadcasting in the
digital landscape?
• What are the changes in the production practices, cultures and
of the digital television industry?
• Who, or what, are the audiences/users of digital television?
• What is the place of television in everyday life?
• What are the screens and sites of television?
• What are the ontologies of television: liveness, real-time,
download streams?

We particularly welcome papers that take a cross-disciplinary approach,
converging fields of film, television, new media, cultural and media studies
scholarship together with other disciplines that digital television
increasingly asks us to touch upon. Suggested areas of interest include,
but are not limited to:
- New ‘television’ technologies: YouTube, Joost, Internet protocol
television and filtering technologies etc;
- Public service broadcasting in a European context;
- The development of DTV outside of the US and UK;
- Television’s use by specific groups: subcultures, diasporas, migrants etc.;
- Digital television in a global context: e.g. global formats, digital
distribution across borders; Bit-torrent, TV Without Frontiers Directive;
- Television programming/distribution as software

Final essays will be approx 7,000 words in length, with drafts due in March
of 2008 and final submissions by 1st of July 2008. Authors should submit
abstracts of no longer than 500 words by October 1st 2007, together with a
brief biography. For more information go to or please contact James Bennett

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