Tuesday, April 22, 2008

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

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

Istanbul, Turkey
8-10 October 2008

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 'submission' button on the website: www.independentscholars.org
Deadline for abstracts: 6th of June

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