Over the last decade the label “media archaeology” has brought together a growing number of heterogeneous scholarship investigating new forms of historical research and narratives. While the field resists a coherent methodology, media archaeological explorations are generally characterized by their refusal of linear periodization, an emphasis on disregarded objects and historical episodes, and a playful approach of media as hybrid, non-fixed, and unstable material, cultural, discursive and imaginary artifacts.
This issue of VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture invites archeological inquiries into the multiple pasts of tele-visions. Since late nineteenth century imaginations of “seeing by electricity”, the phenomenon of “seeing at a distance” has known multiple futures and pasts, deaths and revivals. The aim of this issue is to assess the many lives of television in its different technological stages (electro-mechanical, electrical, electronic and digital) and to highlight the complexity practices, programs and discourses that have shaped television as a technical infrastructure, political and social institution, cultural phenomenon and business model from both diachronic and synchronic perspectives.
The theme of the 7th issue of VIEW (Vol. 4, spring 2015) seeks to shine a light on the multiple histories of television and welcomes contributions that propose archeological excavations from different disciplinary and thematic points of view.
Untold Histories and Forgotten Practices
Proposals are invited on (but not limited to):
- Object biographies and hybrid technologies: description of obsolete or forgotten technologies and/or apparatuses; hybridity of emerging audio/visual technologies;
- Archaeology of TV spectatorship: problematizing historical audiences of television beyond domestic consumption;
- Politics of television: gendering TV before its integration of domestic space; archeology of television’s military uses; shaping television as a consumer object;
- Questioning televisual paradigms: liveness, simultaneity, ubiquity, participation, etc.
- Symbolic engineering: imagined and configured uses in both fictional and factional sources
- Archaeology of televisual programs and formats: intermedial links of early televisual texts;
- Experimental media archaeology: reenactments and reconstitutions of television technologies and practices;
- Non-conformist histories of tv: histories of guerilla TV, non-profit and educational television.
- Archaeology of digital television: histories of televisual participation and interactivity;
Contributions are encouraged from authors with different expertise and interests in television and media history.
Paper proposals (max. 500 words) are due on November 30th, 2014. Submissions should be sent to the managing editor of the journal, Dana Mustata (firstname.lastname@example.org). A notice of acceptance will be send to authors on third week of December. Articles (2-4,000 words) will be due on March 1st, 2015.
See www.viewjournal.eu for the current and back issues. VIEW is proud to be an open access journal. All articles are made findable through the DOAJ and EBSCO databases.
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