Archive for January, 2015

CFP: ECREA TV Studies Section MAB Joint Conference

January 31, 2015

TV in the age of transnationalisation and transmedialisation: a two-day, international conference

Date: Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd JUNE 2015

Venue: University of Roehampton, London, UK

Organisers: ECREA Television Studies section and the Media Across Borders network (

Television is crossing borders in multiple ways. Throughout much of the 20th century it seemed to resemble the geometrical elements of a Kandinsky painting from the Bauhaus phase: each element clearly distinct but overlapping and carefully positioned in relation to other elements. Television was perceived and studied similarly; mostly separate from the other mass media, including film, radio, video games or consumer magazines. Moreover, in Europe television content was clearly separated from advertising through the distinction, or separation principle. In addition to these distinct media elements, state borders clearly separated television markets in the perception of academics, audiences and TV executives. After all, television was mostly conceived and regulated by state institutions and predominately broadcast and consumed within state borders. Cross-border production and trade in television programmes were consequently viewed as international; organised between national institutions and companies. But gradual and ongoing transnationalisation and transmedialisation are making the neat geometrical forms more and more permeable, manifold and unsteady. Kokoschka’s style of painting, blurred and blended, seems a more appropriate metaphor to describe today’s television-scapes. This conference offers a space to reflect on the changes pertaining to the processes and workings of transmedialisation and transnationalisation, and on the theoretical and methodological consequences this has for television studies. It also offers opportunities for networking.

Papers are invited on topics related to television’s transnationalisation and transmedialisation, including:
• Transnational and international production and distribution of TV programmes
• Transmedia/cross-media storytelling (with global examples particularly welcome)
• The trade in TV Formats
• Adaptations and remakes of international franchises
• Localization of television and related content at the textual and paratextual levels
• Dubbing, subtitling and re-versioning of television content
• Marketing and branding of global (trans)media franchises
• Global television aesthetics
• Transnational television consumption and reception
• Professional negotiations of internationalisation, transnationalisation and localisation
• Organisational relationships and trends in a transmedialising/transnationalising media environment
• Attempts to re-conceptualise television and television markets
• Theoretical reflections on the international, transnational, global, national and/or local
• Methodological reflections: researching television in the age of transnationalisation and transmedialisation

Plenary speakers
Liz Evans (University of Nottingham)

Giselinde Kuipers (University of Amsterdam)

Industry panel to be confirmed but will include Senior TV Executives from BBC Worldwide, Channel 4, FremantleMedia, HBO Europe, Media Xchange, Northern Europe and 360 Degree, Shine International and/or Warner Bros.

Submit your max. 300 word abstract along with institutional affiliation and a short bio (max. 150 words), or a panel proposal (minimum 3 speakers, 300 words rationale plus 300 words per paper, relating them to the focus of the conference to Lothar Mikos ( and Andrea Esser ( by March 9, 2015.

Decisions on abstracts will be communicated by 6th April 2015.

The conference fee for ECREA and MAB members is £95 waged (approx. 127 euro/$144; £45 unwaged/student (approx. 60 euro/$68/); for non-members it is £110 waged (approx. 147 euro/$167 and £55 unwaged/student (approx. 72 euro/$83/). The fee includes lunch and refreshments for both days and a drinks reception.

Conference papers on TV Formats will be considered for a special issue on ‘Trade in TV Formats’, for VIEW: Journal of European Television History and Culture ( for publication in June 2016. The issue is jointly edited by John Ellis (Royal Holloway/University of London), Andrea Esser (University of Roehampton, London) and Juan Francisco Gutiérrez Lozano (University of Málaga/Spain).

The conference is hosted by the University of Roehampton’s Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures (CRFAC) in the Department of Media, Culture & Language.

Please direct any academic queries to Dr. Andrea Esser (, other queries to Julia Noyce on or 0208 392 3698.


CFP: Twenty-First Century TV: Television in the Digital Era Postgraduate Conference, University of Northampton, UK, 12 May 2015

January 29, 2015

Twenty-First Century TV: Television in the Digital Era
Postgraduate Conference
12 May 2015
The University of Northampton

This one day conference aims to bring together postgraduate students working on all aspects of television in the digital, or post-digital, age. Television today can be online, on demand, downloaded, streamed, live, timeshifted, watched on multiple screens across multiple platforms. Producing and consuming television might involve games, apps, extended narratives, social media and a range of ancillary products. Have recent changes in technology radically transformed TV, or do traditional means of making and watching TV still persist?

Proposals are invited on (but not limited to) the following topics:

· Overflow and paratexts

· Online content

· User-generated content

· Social media

· Red button

· Regional and local TV

· International TV

· Branding

· Authorship, collaboration

· Marketing

· Advertising

· Platforms and delivery

· Multi screening

· Time shifting and recording

· Archiving

· HD, 3D

· CGI, special effects

· Production, consumption

· Communities, audiences, fans

We welcome contributions from students registered on any postgraduate degree, and perspectives are invited from different disciplines.

Please send proposals (250 words) for 20 minute papers plus a brief biography (100 words) to Lorna Jowett and Michael Starr by 12 March 2015:

The Cult TV: TV Cultures Network is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of the Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities theme and is affiliated with the Centre for Contemporary Narrative and Cultural Theory (CCN&CT) in the School of the Arts at the University of Northampton.

CFP: Transmediality in Modern Popular Culture, Poland, 18-20 June 2015

January 29, 2015

Transmediality in Modern Popular Culture – Call for Submissions

The 9th Annual Conference of NECS – European Network of Cinema and Media Studies ( will take place in Łódź (Poland) on 18-20 June 2015. In reference to one of the conference’s sub-themes “The archive of popular culture” a workshop on the history of transmediality in modern popular culture will be held. It will focus on the exploration of cross-media business synergies in the entertainment industry and on the history of media convergence in the 19th and the first half of the 20th century popular culture.

The workshop will consist of two parts:

· 17 June: a preconference with a keynote lecture (Dr. Matthew Freeman, Birmingham City University) and a seminar

· 18-20 June: a set of dedicated panels during the NECS conference

Media convergence is one of the widely debated concepts in contemporary media research. As conceptualised by Henry Jenkins, convergence manifests itself i.e. in transmedia storytelling (Jenkins, 2006: 334). The investigation of transmediality, however, most often concentrates on contemporary networked digital media. As concerns the historical research of popular culture, transmediality is limitedly explored (however not entirely unexamined). Yet that kind of cross-textual practices can be traced as early as the modern culture industry came into existence. For example, according to Matthew Freeman, at the beginning of the 20th century in the USA we can find examples of “cross-textual self-promotion and cross-media branding (…), grounded in such cultural factors as turn-of-the-century immigration, new forms of mass media – such as, most notably, newspapers, comic strips, and magazines – and consumerism and other related textual activities” (2014: 2).

Therefore, we would like to explore the transmedial dimension of pop culture in the 19th and the first half of the 20th century. How did motives, characters, narratives circulate between various media platforms and cultural circuits? What was the transmedial dimension of the emerging global culture industry? How did mediatization processes impact on local practices (especially in the peripheral media environments)?

Going beyond traditional notions of adaptation, remediation and intermediality, we would like to reconsider dominant history of media in modernity and to examine the constitution of the transmedia dimension of culture industry and entertainment. We are interested in transmedia flows, business synergies and connections between different media and cultural spheres:

· literature

· radio

· cinema

· music

· stage (cabaret, revue, vaudeville, variété)

· popular press

· comic strips

· graphic design and advertisement

· modern art

Submission may include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

· circulation of texts, motives, etc. in the 19th and early 20th century (i.e. vaudeville and radio relations)

· business synergies between film, radio, press, phonographic industry, etc.

· local histories of the proliferation of the technical media (especially in the peripheral and semi-peripheral countries)

· relations between “transmedia” and theories of intertextuality, adaptation, etc.

· vernacular practices of media producers and audiences

· vernacular reception and grassroot practices of fans

Theoretical and historical contributions concerning all geographical areas before 1939 are welcomed.

Please address abstracts (max. 200 words) along with institutional affiliation and a short bio (max. 150 words) to:

Deadline for submission: 31.01.2015. Confirmation will follow shortly thereafter.
The workshop language is English.
Workshop attendance is free, but valid NECS-membership is required to participate, see:

Organizers: Łukasz Biskupski (University of Social Sciences and Humanities SWPS in Warsaw), Mirosław Filiciak (University of Social Sciences and Humanities SWPS in Warsaw) and Michał Pabiś-Orzeszyna (University of Łódź).

The organization of the workshop is supported by the Polish National Center for Science under Grant DEC-2012/07/E/HS2/03878.

CFP: Collectors and Collecting from the Early Modern Period to the Present, University of Portsmouth, UK, 5th June 2015

January 28, 2015

University of Portsmouth Centre for Studies in Literature Postgraduate Conference 2015
Keynote Speaker: Professor Susan Pearce (University of Leicester)

For centuries humans have conceptualised their identities through the activity of collecting. The practice of defining culture, space and time through interactions and relationships with objects appears to be a recurring feature of human history and has led to a long tradition of memorialising the past in libraries, museums, archives and personal collections. Since civilisation began, there has been an ever-increasing trend for collecting objects, from exotic souvenirs of antiquity to photograph albums, objets d’art to folk tales and songs, literary mementoes to governmental archives. In recent years, this has led to the meaningful object being explored and theorised in many disciplines, including literature, art and museum studies, to name but a few.

This conference aims to look at all aspects of collecting from early modern collections of souvenirs to Victorian forms of control through categorisation and the nostalgic renewal of past forms; from the eclectic juxtapositions of Modernism all the way through to today with modern creative uses of the archive, fandom and cult collectors.
Our keynote speaker is Professor Susan Pearce, currently Professor Emeritus of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, who has written extensively on the meaningful object, and the interrelations between individuals and artefacts. She is the editor of The Collectors Voice vol. 1-4 (2002), and On Collecting: An Investigation Into Collecting in the European Tradition (1995) and the author of Objects of Knowledge (1990).

For this interdisciplinary conference, we invite papers from postgraduates on any aspect of collections, including the practices of collectors and the representation of collections in archive and museum studies, history and the arts including literature, film, and visual art. Abstracts should be approximately 300 words in length for papers of 20 minutes. Potential speakers should also include a brief biography of 50 words. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Sunday 22nd March 2015. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Collectors and collections from the perspective of literary, film and art history disciplines
• The representation of collections and collectors in literature and film
• Collections in museums, archives, libraries and galleries
• Literary collections and literary collectors
• Fandom and cult collecting
• The Imperial Archive and postcolonialism
• Expanded definitions of the collection – countries, people, memories
• The psychology of collecting and habits of collecting
• The history of collecting; the relations of collecting to history
• Collections of: photography, manuscripts, souvenirs, postcards, stamps, naturalists’
collections (insects etc.), books, music, stories, autographs, magazines, albums and scrapbooks, letters, life-writing etc.
• Theories of the collection including thing theory, archive theory, object theory, museum theory and cultural memory theory
• Subjectivity and objectivity in the collection
• Experiences of researching the collection and fictional researchers

Please send your abstract and biography by 22nd March 2015 to: in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
For further information, please visit:

Call for Responses: Cosplay and Pedagogy, Media Commons

January 28, 2015

The MediaCommons Front Page Collective welcomes responses to the survey question: How can the increased scholarly study of cosplay become a benefit to education?

This survey question seeks to bring an understanding to the practice of cosplay and how it can increase different aspects of life, such as identity and community. While studying cosplay, differing questions that may arise include: What are some advantages to studying cosplay? How can digital studies and digital media further the outreach of cosplay? What does cosplay offer in terms of studying its influences on sexuality?

Responses may include, but are not limited to:
The effects of studying cosplay on a scholarly level
How cosplay is studied in different fields
Cosplay as a pedagogical tool
How social media increase the cosplay community in terms of fan, media, and performance studies
How studying cosplay and cosplay communities increase the understanding of embodiment and identity in various mediums

The project will run from March 2 to March 20. Responses are 400-600 words and typically focus on introducing concepts for larger discussion, with the idea that interested individuals will read and respond daily to engage authors in digital conversation. Proposals may be brief (a few sentences) and should state your topic and approach. You may submit as an individual or offer up a special cluster of responses with others. Submit proposals to by February 27 to be considered for inclusion in this project.

In case you are unfamiliar with MediaCommons, we are an experimental project created in 2006 by Drs. Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Avi Santo, seeking to envision how a born-digital scholarly press might re-conceptualize both the processes and end-products of scholarship. MediaCommons was initially developed in collaboration with the Institute for the Future of the Book through a grant from the MacArthur Foundation and is currently supported by New York University’s Digital Library Technology Services through funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The site regularly receives tens of thousands of unique readers a month.

Please visit MediaCommons at:

The Print Launch of ‘My So-Called Secret Identity’, Kingston University, UK, 6 February 2015

January 26, 2015

Friday February 6th 2015 will see an exciting launch of Professor Will Brooker’s critically-acclaimed superhero comic project My So-Called Secret Identity (, in print for the first time, and two keynotes from Professor Matt Hills (Aberystwyth) and Simon Spurrier (author and comic book writer for DC and Marvel) on popular culture and fandom.

The event takes place at Kingston University, UK and runs from 6-8pm, followed by a wine reception.

You can book tickets here:

CFP: A Celebration of Supernatural, DePaul University, Chicago, 9 May 2015

January 26, 2015

Call for Papers and Topic Proposals:
A Celebration of Supernatural

Now accepting submissions and ideas for the third annual Pop Culture Colloquium at DePaul University in Chicago!

The Media and Cinema Studies program, along with the College of Digital Media, the English Department, and American Studies, at DePaul University is hosting a one-day celebratory colloquium in honor the tenth anniversary of the television series Supernatural on Saturday, May 09, from 9am-6pm. This event will feature roundtable discussions from scholars and fans of Supernatural, speaking about the cultural impact of the show, as well as analyzing aspects of the episodes. The even will also feature special guests, screenings, screenwriting workshops, and (perhaps) a sing-a-long or two…

The audience for this event is both graduate and undergraduate students, both fans and scholars, and the focus should be on informed and enlightening discussion rather than formal academic papers. “A Celebration of Supernatural” will take place on DePaul’s Loop campus.

If you’re interested in speaking on a round table, please send a 200 word abstract of your topic and a CV or resume to Paul Booth ( by Mar 01. For more information, please check out the website and sign up for updates on Facebook (search “A Celebration of Supernatural”). We hope that you will be able to join in the discussion and celebration!

CFP: Fans, Videogames and History

January 19, 2015

CFP: Fans, Videogames and History

Over the last two decades, a substantial amount of research has addressed the fan culture phenomenon, particularly in relation to film and television; the focus has centred on the impact that fan communities can and have had on the ‘official’ creative works that are released by film and television studios. More recently, researchers have examined the impact that the internet has played in empowering and expanding the fan network and fan communication structures, and in affecting the production, marketing and audience engagement with the fan object.

Games are now central objects of study within Fan Studies, yet to date there has been only isolated consideration of gaming’s long history of fandom, and fans’ important roles in game history and preservation. Little academic writing has focused on the impact and centrality that fan communities play — as a collective intelligence, as a pool of individual creators of games, and as interested and engaged parties in the collecting and remembering of game history.

For this anthology we seek essays that address issues that come out of the various possible configurations of the terms: fans, games, and history. We invite proposals for chapters addressing one of three broad axes:

. Historicising game fandom
. Fan contributions to game history
. Methodological reflections on studying historic game fandom

We invite abstracts of 500 words that address the relationship between game fans and history. Possible themes and issues may include but are not limited to:

. Fan communities and the preservation of games
. Online communities and gamer memories
. Digital fandom before the internet
. Nostalgia and history
. Historicising fans’ creative output
. Magazines and fanzines as sources
. how to ‘do’ fan history
. Fans as authors of game history

Please send an abstract and brief bio to the editors by 30th April, 2015. Full papers to be submitted by 30th
August 2015.


Editors – Melanie Swalwell, Angela Ndalianis, Helen Stuckey

CFP: Fan Fiction and the Study of Biblical Commentary and Scribal Culture Workshop, European Association of Biblical Studies, Spain, July 2015

January 17, 2015

Fan Fiction and the Study of Biblical Commentary and Scribal Culture Workshop


Sonja Ammann, Humboldt Universität Berlin (

Mette Bundvad, University of Copenhagen (

Solveig Grebe, Universität Göttingen (

Frauke Uhlenbruch, De Gruyter Berlin (


This workshop uses the model of fan fiction to conceptualize early Jewish and Christian text production.

Fan fiction are texts, films, or other media created by fans of TV series, films, books, or book series, etc. Fans engage with the universe created by the makers of a specific series, film, or book. For example, they create new storylines, “repair” plots they do not agree with, write prequels or sequels, and fill in scenes that are missing. The internet allows an unprecedented visibility of fan fiction – up to the point where writers of the “canonical” series look to fan fiction and take the opinions of fans into account when writing new “canonical” material. Significantly, writers of fan fiction work within a set of rules defined by the fandom over time. For example, inventing a new character who does not exist in the “canon” is frowned upon; also, one does not write oneself into the storyline.

As an interpretative model, fan fiction provides excellent heuristic tools for exploring anew the composition of early Jewish and Christian texts. Two perspectives are particularly relevant. Firstly, fan fiction helps us explore questions of textual authority. How did the early Jewish and Christian texts acquire their authority, and in what ways did they make creative use of the authority of already existing texts? Contemporary fan fiction offers a very useful analogy here. As texts are rewritten and reimagined by their fans, they may gain in authority, for example. Similarly, the rewritten media itself occasionally gains a measure of authority, inspiring perhaps further rewritings.

Secondly, fan fiction enables us to study the continuity between the production and reception of texts. Fan fiction writers are readers of texts who become writers of their own texts. A similar relationship between the reception of existing material and new text production existed in early Judaism and Christianity. Here practitioners of fan fiction can offer important insights about writing additional material to supplement an existing “canon”.

This workshop brings together contributions by biblical scholars and writers and theorists of fan fiction. Two sessions are planned. Half of the first session will be an interview with a fan fiction theorist and practitioner, conducted by a biblical scholar. The second half of this session will feature three invited papers. We welcome paper proposals for a second open session.

Call for Papers

We welcome paper proposals which apply fan fiction as an interpretative model to study any text(s) in the range of Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, Dead Sea Scrolls, Pseudepigrapha, New Testament, Christian Apocrypha, or Rabbinic literature. Of particular interest are papers dealing with issues such as a) forms and techniques of literary production based on a revered tradition; b) scribal conventions and restrictions on creative supplementation; c) possible effects of the production of additional material on the development of a “canon”.

The EABS conference is being held in Cordoba, Spain, July 12-15 2015 and the deadline for proposals is March 15.

You can submit abstracts here:

Transmedia Storytelling and Its Reception: Economies and Politics of Participation

January 13, 2015

Transmedia Storytelling and Its Reception:
Economies and Politics of Participation
Schloss Herrenhausen, Hanover
25-27 February 2015

Hailed by many as a paradigm shift in the way stories are told and experienced, transmedia storytelling has in recent years become a firmly established practice and presence in mainstream media. The conference “Transmedia Storytelling and Its Reception: Economies and Politics of Participation” brings together a group of national and international experts who will engage with mainly two aspects of the phenomenon. The first is the theorisation and specification of transmedia storytelling as a storytelling mode and a cultural product, for example in relation to intermediality, franchising, games and the notion of storyworlds. The second concerns the reception of transmedia narratives. Transmedial story set-ups can be highly complex and, especially when they involve the so-called social media, can challenge the traditional unidirectional model of textual communication. At the same time they raise questions about the means of creating audience immersion, about offers of participation and interactivity – or a lack thereof – and about the implications of transmedial narratives for notions of production and reception. Addressing psychological and physiological aspects of transmedia reception as well as questions of transmedia literacy and reception aesthetics, the conference offers an array of perspectives on the reception of transmedial narratives.

The conference brings together experts from the fields of media studies, literary studies, communication studies and cultural studies, as well as practitioners, journalists and editors. Speakers include Sarah Atkins (University of Brighton, UK), Martin Butler (University of Oldenburg), Elizabeth Evans (University of Nottingham, UK), Dorothea Martin (Das wilde Dutzend Verlag), Irina Rajewsky (FU Berlin), Pamela Rutledge (Fielding Graduate University, USA), Eckart Voigts (Braunschweig University) and Mark J.P. Wolf (Concordia University Wisconsin, USA).

One of the aims of the conference is to offer a platform for exchange among young scholars. We would therefore like to invite them in particular to join us and contribute to the interdisciplinary discussion that we are hoping to generate. For further information, please see the conference website:

Conference convenors: PD Dr. Monika Pietrzak-Franger (University of Hamburg)
PD Dr. Lucia Krämer (Leibniz University Hanover)

Contact: (Registration possible until 10 February 2015)

The conference is sponsored by the VolkswagenStifung.