UPDATE: [Film] Television without Borders

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Elke Weissmann

Television without Borders: Transfers, Translations and Transnational
An International Conference at the University of Reading
27-29 June 2008

Call for Papers

In the last few years, critics have decried the end of television, but
television has responded to challenges relatively quickly. Globalisation
has increased the revenues of many national broadcasting institutions,
created new export markets and fostered international co-productions,
while digital technologies have been adapted and exploited to entice
those audiences back that appeared to turn to other media, most notably
the internet. The conference will explore how television crosses borders:
how are television programmes imported and exported? What role do
international co-productions play? How does television translate into,
and borrow from, other media? These and many other questions will be at
the heart of the three-day conference.

Confirmed speakers are

Prof. Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Prof. Jeffrey Miller, Augustana College
Prof. John Ellis, Royal Holloway, University of London
Prof. Jonathan Bignell, University of Reading

There will also be television professionals speaking at the conference,
who will include executives, archivists and programme-makers with
expertise in television policy, international acquisitions, programme
planning and digital archiving.

We are currently seeking proposals for papers to be delivered at the
event. We are particularly, though not exclusively, interested in the
following topics:

• Challenges to national television histories
• Programme flow between countries
• International co-productions
• Adaptation of programme formats
• Creation of geo-linguistic markets
• National broadcasters and international programme flow
• Impact of foreign product on national programming
• The relationship between the global and the local
• Crossing borders via the internet
• Inter-medial adaptations (games, films, etc.)
• The role of YouTube, TV.com, Facebook and other webpages
• On Demand Services
• Digital television archives
• Satellite technologies and national borders
• Diasporic communities and transnational television

Please send proposal of no more than 250 words with a title and brief
biographical details to the address below.

For Panels, please send a panel rationale of no more than 150 words and
the three proposals of no more than 250 words each, with biographical
details of the speakers, to the address below.

For further information or to send proposals, please contact:

Elke Weissmann: e.weissmann_at_reading.ac.uk


Elke Weissmann
University of Reading
Department of Film, Theatre and Television
Bulmershe Court
Woodlands Avenue
Reading, RG6 1HQ

Deadline for any proposals is Friday, 14 December 2007.

The conference is the culminating public event in the three-year research
project ‘British TV Drama and Acquired US Programmes, 1970-2000’, funded
by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, and aims to place the
project’s topic in a wider context. The conference and the project are
hosted by the Centre for Television Drama Studies at the University of

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