CFP Television Conference
Date: Thursday-Friday, 12-13 December, 2013.
Venue: Salzburg, KunstQuartier, Austria
Ever since HBO's famous slogan "It's Not TV, It's HBO" launched in 1996, so-called quality television has reached a new level of marketing, recognition, and indeed quality. With other networks imitating the formula, the "HBO effect" took hold and triggered a wave of creative output.
This turn to quality set off two secondary shifts: (a) Contemporary television staged the resurgence of the auteur, and thus through aesthetic interaction high-end US TV became a repository of many trademarks associated with European art cinema. (b) With the digital revolution in full swing, television became faster, cheaper, and yet better. America transformed into an "on-demand nation," indulging in junk food television.
The auteurist turn to art/trash will be the focus of this symposium. Papers might address but are not limited to the following questions:
- How does the resurgence of the auteur in television series introduce a line of demarcation within contemporary quality TV?
- Is the series’ appeal primarily induced by trashy images? How does this aesthetic relate to auteur cinema?
- Contesting heteronormativity: Is there a new way of Lifestyle-TV?
- What popular genres are reactivated here and how are they transformed?
- How does the turn to nostalgia correlate to trash aesthetics?
- How do the specific formats, 30 minutes or 60 minutes respectively, influence the auteur-trash nexus as well as patterns of consumption and reception?
- What kinds of publicness form themselves around these series? How do these publics relate to social strata?
- Markets and merchandise: How is the identity-constituting function triggered by such TV series and thus by identification with art/trash?
SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
Paper proposals in English or German are welcome and should include a title, an abstract (500 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of no more than 150 words.
Please send your proposal to email@example.com by April 30, 2012.
University of Salzburg
Dep. of English and American Studies
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