Saturday, July 14, 2007

CFP: Global Television Formats

One of the things we try to do at JSM is help fellow sports media researchers. Sharon Shahaf at Texas and Tasha Oren at Wisconsin-Milwaukee are looking for contributors to an upcoming publication on global television formats. If you can contribute, feel free to contact them using the information below.
Call for papers: Global Television Formats

Additional contributions are sought for a collection on global television formats forthcoming from Routledge Press. Programming formulae that are exchanged, adapted or cloned for production in multiple localities worldwide have long been staples of international television. Few televisual shifts, however, have so shaken the global media environment as the current explosion of global format circulation. For some,the global format itself constitutes an alternative model of media globalization as contemporary increase in flow, trade, "pirate" adaptation and visibility of global television formats challenge established understandings and offer new theoretical models for scholars and critics.When viewed historically, or in conjunction with technological developments, industrial strategies and textual migrations beyond the boundaries of nation, schedule, playback media, and viewing conventions, the current television environment presents substantial and creative challenges for media studies. Focusing on the global format, the collection features contemporary scholarship that addresses the complex televisual exchanges of format texts, styles, industries, regulatory institutions, audiences, and meanings.To complete the volume, we seek essays in the following categories:

*Geographical areas: Essays addressing contemporary or historical formats in East Asia, Africa or Europe.
*Beyond reality tv: Essays that engage with less visible global formats such as sports and news programming (historical or contemporary).
*Institutions/Industries/Audience: Essays that approach the study of television formats through institutional, technological, or viewership perspectives.
*Global Television Studies: Studies that focus on style, generic convention or the multiple contact zones of television as a global textual system.

Please send abstract of 500-900 words (or essay) by Sept. 30 to Tasha Oren( and Sharon Shahaf ( inquiries,essays and abstracts are welcome anytime until the deadline.

Tasha Oren
Associate Professor of English and Media StudiesDirector
The Film Studies Program
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 229-4869

Sharon Shahaf
Assistant Instructor, PhD candidate
Department of Radio-TV-Film
The University of Texas at Austin
6901-D Thorncliffe Dr.
Austin TX, 78731


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