Tuesday, May 20, 2008

FLOW Conference 2008 Call For Responses

FLOW Conference 2008

October 9-11, 2008

The University of Texas at Austin


Deadline for 150-word abstracts: June 15, 2008

Flow Conference 2008 is the 2nd biannual conference for FlowTV.org, a University of Texas at Austin graduate student-run, online academic journal focusing on television and media culture.

Flow Conference 2008 will resemble traditional academic meetings in name only: There will be no panels, no papers, and no plenary sessions. Instead, the event will feature a series of roundtables, each organized around a compelling question. Respondents are asked to submit a 150-word abstract addressing one of the roundtable questions as listed on our conference Web
site: http://flowtv.org/?page_id=1335

Some roundtable topics include:

New Formations of Stardom in Contemporary Media Culture
Viral Videos and Political Participation
Online and Offline Fan Communities
TV and the Question of "The Mainstream"
Televised Religion
Music Fans and Copy Protection
The DTV Conversion
Media Policy, Media Reform, and Media Criticism
Game Studies in The Academy
Electronic Waste and Media Studies
Global Television Flow
Digital Aura and Web 2.0
Feminisms & Feminists in the Public Sphere
Talent-Based Reality Shows and The American Dream

Visit the conference Web site for a complete list of roundtable questions in full detail.
We especially encourage responses that address issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, and ability, as well as international perspectives.

Please e-mail flowconference2008@gmail.com with a 150-word abstract and the title of the roundtable you are responding to in the subject of the email by June 15, 2008. Please respond to only one roundtable topic. Include your full name, e-mail address, and affiliation in your e-mail.

We will inform participants of acceptance via e-mail by July 15, 2008.
Upon acceptance, respondents will be asked to expand their abstract to a 600-800 word position paper, due by September 15, 2008.

In an effort to include a wide range of participants (i.e., scholars, fans, critics, activists, policymakers, industry professionals, etc.), we encourage wide distribution of this call.

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us at flowconference2008@gmail.com

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