Monday, June 9, 2008

Anglia Television and the History of ITV Conference - call for papers

Anglia Television and the History of ITV: Programming, Regionalism and the
Television Economy
Call for Papers

A conference organised by the University of East Anglia To be held at the Archive Centre, Norwich, 14th and 15th November 2008

Conference Organisers: Andrew Higson, Su Holmes and Brett Mills

Anglia Television – now ITV Anglia – began broadcasting in the east of England in 1959, some four years after the launch of the ITV network. This conference will build on the current vibrant interest in television history, and especially the history of ITV, and will chart the story of the Anglia franchise, from 1959 to the present. Key issues to be explored will include the relationship between the regional and the national in British independent television history; Anglia's programme culture – the range of genres, series and programmes produced or commissioned by Anglia over the years; and the institutional organisation of Anglia and its operation as part of the ITV network.

The conference arises out of an AHRC-funded project at the University of East Anglia, which brings together colleagues from the School of Film and Television Studies and the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA). EAFA has an extensive collection of Anglia Television programmes, programme material and related documentation, which is being catalogued as part of this
project. Another strand of the conference will address the issues involved in archiving a regional television collection. There will also be a series of related archival screenings, including quiz and game shows, drama, sitcoms, talk shows and regional affairs programmes.

Speakers to include: Cathy Johnson, Rob Turnock, Lez Cooke, Sherryl Wilson, Su Holmes and Mark Jancovich.

We are seeking 20-minute papers on any topics relating to Anglia Television/ITV Anglia, or to any of the themes noted above, from the history of Anglia to current programmes, from archiving issues to questions of regionalism.

250 word abstracts or enquiries should be submitted by 23rd June 2008 to the conference administrator Jonathan Stubbs: Please include a brief biography.

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