CFP: [Film] An Interdisciplinary Conference on Television Series

full name / name of organization: 
Tuna Erdem
contact email: 
tunaerdem@independentcsholars.org

"It Has Happened Before, It Will Happen Again: The "Third" Golden Age of Television Fiction

In 1996 Robert J. Thompson wrote the vastly influential Television’s Second Golden Age: From
Hill Street Blues to ER defining the controversial term ‘quality television’. As Thompson himself
has stated, a decade after this publication, what was then exceptional and innovative has now
become the norm, which suggest we might have entered yet another golden age. However
instead of trying to demarcate each and every new wave of golden age, it might be best to claim,
like the Cylons in Battlestar Galactica, that ‘it has happened before and it will happen again’.

Despite the spreading of ‘quality’ across the board, however, textual analysis in television
studies is still in its infancy. This conference aims to contribute to the growing field of the
textual analysis of television series and solicits papers that analyse any aspect of the texts of
such shows as Battlestar Galactica, Lost, Heroes, Desperate Housewives, Nip/Tuck, The L Word,
Veronica Mars, Dexter, Torchwood, etc. This list of shows is meant to be inspirational rather than
conclusive and papers on television series not listed above will also be welcome.

This is an interdisciplinary conference therefore papers are welcome from disciplines that include
but are not limited to television studies, film studies, cultural studies, woman’s studies, queer
studies, media studies, philosophy, sociology, political science, international relations, literature,
psychoanalysis etc.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute presentations. Panel proposals for up to three speakers are
also welcome.
Please submit abstracts, no longer than 350 words, by using the 'submit' button on the web site:
www.independentscholars.org
Deadline for abstracts: 6th of June

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cfp categories: 
film_and_television