Wednesday, November 7, 2007

British Broadcasting and the World: Changing Perceptions in a Global Context - Call for Papers

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

British Broadcasting and the World: Changing Perceptions in a Global Context

Department of Humanities
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, UK PR1 2HE
23rd - 25th July 2008

In 20th century British history, during which time the nation attempted to maintain an international presence and influence, British broadcasting had a significant role to play. This has continued into the 21st century. Furthermore we have seen a shift in Anglo-American politics following the 9/11 attacks and a shift in reputation as the conflict in Iraq remains controversial. The 21st century is also an age of digitalisation, and one that is even questioning the future of broadcasting - of television at least - in the context of new media developments and social change.

This three-day conference seeks to explore the status of British broadcasting given the more recent shifts in the international arena. A focal point of the conference will be on news and factual programming, although contributions that concentrate on entertainment may be considered. Contributions from the academic community in Communications, Television Studies, Radio Studies, Journalism and related fields are invited to submit papers. It is hoped that the following areas will be addressed by the conference:

●The BBC's international reputation in the dissemination of news since the recent war in Iraq;

●The status of the World Service in Africa, South-East Asia and the Middle East;

●British broadcasting in the context of EU media cultural policy;

●The history - and current role - of the BFBS radio and television services;

●Audiences' perceptions of British broadcasting as a trustworthy source in former British colonies;

●The reputation of British broadcasting in Australia, Canada and the United States;

●The current level of access to British broadcasting provision outside the UK in relation to competing broadcasters;

●The role of British broadcasting in the promotion of Global English;

●The role of British broadcasting in the dissemination of news with an impact on human rights across the globe.


Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length, on disc or as an email attachment, listing name, organisation, contact address, telephone and email address, and should include the title of the proposed paper. Abstracts should be submitted by 17 December 2007.

Papers are expected to be 25-30 minutes in length and contributions should be written and presented in English.

All paper presenters will need to register for the conference and pay the registration fee.

Please address all abstracts and enquiries to:
Emma Kelly
Conference Officer
Conference and Events Management Office
University of Central Lancashire, Foster Room 10
Preston PR1 2HE, UK

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