UPDATE: [Children] Refractory â Series Television (8/20/07: Journal issue)

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Lucian Chaffey
contact email: 


Refractory: a Journal of Entertainment Media is a refereed,
peer-reviewed, e-journal that explores the diverging and intersecting
aspects of current and past entertainment media. The journal is
published by the Cinema Studies Program, School of Culture and
Communication, University of Melbourne.


Submission of abstracts (500 words) + brief bio: 8/20/07
Selected proposals will be asked to submit a completed article of 4-6000
words by 11/10/07
Publication: Early 2008

ISSUE THEME: Series TV: New fields of critical thought and radical
perspectives on series televisuality.

What is it to live with series television? Series television drama
generates multidimensional and radical narrative adventures, as well as
prescribing formulaic and oppressive aesthetic and ontological paradigms.
While it intersects with other narrative modes, series televisuality
continues to mutate and invent its own particular processes and raises its
own particular questions.

This forthcoming issue of Refractory seeks articles that address the
particularities of series televisuality, in its textual, theoretical, and
participatory dimensions, and which launch its theorisation into a variety
of new terrains.

In particular, articles of a rigorous intellectual standard are sought that
traverse new and radical fields of critical thought in regards to series
televisuality, or which create new concepts for exploring the politics,
aesthetics, and participatory processes of series televisuality.

Some suggestions include:
+ The intersection of series televisuality and concepts from continental

+ The micropolitics of televisual series participation

+ Piracy and rearticulation

+ New territories of series televisuality, such as online modes of
delivery, divergent modes of production, and participatory assemblages

+ Non-English speaking series; series focusing on ethnic minorities

+ Ongoing narratives of terror and espionage

+ Space colonialism; indigenous dramas

+ Children’s and young adults series

+ Sexuality and gender issues in series television drama (such as queer or
lesbian situations in HBO dramas, issues of sexuality and culture or
ethnicity in series dramas, queer issues in young adult dramas, or
transgender issues in any contemporary series dramas)

+ Class issues and series television drama

+ Narrativised “reality” forms

+ Series televisuality and the body in extremis

+ Articles addressing shows that have not yet received significant critical
attention, such as Skins, Night and Day, Shameless, Rome, Kick, The
Circuit, Primeval, The Tribe, or Sugar Rush.

Please direct all inquiries to guest editor Lucian Chaffey

Abstracts due 8/20/07.
Please submit abstracts of 500 words electronically as a rich text format
(rtf) document, emailed to guest editor Lucian Chaffey
(chaffeyl_at_unimelb.edu.au). To be considered for publication, please include
a (very) brief biography and institutional affiliation, and full contact

Authors of selected abstracts will be asked to submit completed articles of
4-6000 words by 11/10/07. Publication will be early 2008.

To be considered for publication, articles must follow the submission
guidelines for authors, detailed here:
Refractory is a fully refereed journal. All submissions will be anonymously
peer reviewed before acceptance.

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