Washington, DC, March 27–30, 2013
- How do we define reality and realism on television?
- How do reality and fiction tap into each other to create their narratives?
- How do televisual texts work, and what is their relationship with their intended (or unintended) audiences?
- How do we define our lives, relationships, and our self-knowledge according to the images provided by the medium of television?
- Have we been socialized, at least in part by television, to be merely consumers?
- How does television represent or modify economic, institutional, and cultural norms?
- In today’s evolving television landscapes, which players hold power?
These are some of the questions we seek to answer. Please feel free to address these queries, or explore new ones. All theoretical viewpoints and methodologies are welcome, as well as international and intercultural perspectives, and practitioners’ contributions.
In honor of our host city, we propose a few themes for individual papers or structured panels:
- Washington on television (the city, the history, the government and federal administration as shown, seen, represented, and recreated on TV)
- real presidents, fictional presidents
- political representations across genres (news, reality-based, fiction-based, etc.)
The deadline for proposals is December 7, 2012.
Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words through the web-based submissions system located here. Include a brief bio (approximately 50 words) of each presenter, and three to five bibliographic references per abstract.