Call for Papers on the Hidden Professions of Television

Television Transmitter Van 1954

Picture shows a transmitter van on a remote site in the heart of the West Country. Publisher / Broadcaster: BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). Broadcast date: 01/01/1954.

VIEW, the Journal of European Television History and Culture,  is the first peer-reviewed multimedia e-journal in the field of television studies. The theme of the fourth issue is Hidden Professions of Television, which can be interpreted broadly within the European television context. The issue seeks to shine a light on the ‘behind the scenes’ activities of television and their hidden, often unrecognised and uncelebrated personnel and processes.

Call for Papers: Hidden Professions of Television

VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture, Vol. 2, Issue 4
Deadline for abstracts: May 1st, 2013

Offering an international platform for outstanding academic research on television, VIEW has an interdisciplinary profile and acts both as a platform for critical reflection on the cultural, social and political role of television in Europe’s past & present and as a multimedia platform for the circulation and use of digitized audiovisual material. The journal’s main aim is to function as a showcase for the creative and innovative use of digitised television materials in scholarly work and to inspire a fruitful discussion between audiovisual heritage institutions (especially television archives) and a broader community of television experts and amateurs. In offering a unique technical infrastructure for a multimedia presentation of critical reflections on European television, the journal aims at stimulating innovative narrative forms of online storytelling, making use of the digitized audiovisual collections of television archives around Europe.

For the issue on Hidden Professions or Television, we welcome contributions that may engage across a wide range of selected organisational, administrative or technical activities that have played their understated, invisible parts in the historical formation of television: from aspects of TV continuity for instance, to television outside broadcast management, TV retailing or manufacture, television music or the TV weather forecast. These indicate some of the gaps that this issue seeks both to fill and to explore.


Proposals are invited on (but not limited to):

  • Personnel involved in all aspects of television, from technicians, production staff, editors to preservationists, administrative staff or media managers
  • ‘Behind the scenes’ activities across the whole spectrum of television broadcasting, including organizational, administrative and technical activities
  • ‘The making of’ understudied TV programmes like the weather forecast
  • Services associated to television consumption, such as TV retailing, manufacturing or repair services
  • Practices that focus on preserving the content (film, video or audio) and making it available for reuse
  • Material artifacts used in television production or post-production

Submission info

  • Contributions are encouraged from authors with different kinds of expertise and interests in television broadcasting, from researchers to television professionals, to archivists and preservationists.
  • Contributions can be in the form of conventional articles, illustrated commentaries or photo-essays.
  • Paper proposals (max. 500 words) are due on May 1st, 2013. Submissions should be sent to the managing editor of the journal, Dana Mustata.
  • Articles (2-4,000 words) will be due on September 1st, 2013.
  • For further information or questions about the issue, please contact Tim O’Sullivan and Andy O’Dwyer, guest editors on this issue.

Hidden professions on EUscreen

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Two new featured archives in CST series

The ‘Featured Archive’ series on Critical Studies in Television focuses each month on a different EUscreen content provider. Its two latest installments turn the spotlights on the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and the National Library of Sweden.

The piece written by Erwin Verbruggen and Evelien Wolda offers an insight into the Sound and Vision collections and can be viewed here: The article also documents the Institute’s involvement in various digitisation and conservations projects including Images for the Future and showcases fascinating samples of the material contributed to EUscreen including episodes from the Willem Ruis Lotto show and Pippo the Clown.

Christopher Natzén relays the coming-of-age of the Kungliga Biblioteket in his article at, the collection of which goes back to the Middle Ages. Some rather bewildering examples from their audiovisual collections include news items such as this item, which uncovers the health risks of taking snuff.

The pieces are a great addition to the growing featured archive series which so far includes contributions from Czech TV, Slovenian Television and Ina and will continue with future articles from ORF and TVC. Many thanks to Kim Akass for supporting this series and helping us disseminate our work on EUscreen by publishing these articles!

For the full list of articles, see:

Discover Slovenia’s Television Archive

Critical Studies in Television publishes a series that draws attention to the inner workings of the different archive partners within EUscreen. This month the focus is on the TV Archives of Slovenia.

The archives were established in 1958, when Slovenian television started to broadcast their programmes. Radio Ljubljana had begun with a regular programme on 28 October 1928, while Radio Free Ljubljana had started to broadcast after the Second World War on 9 May, 1945 – liberation day.

Aleksander Lavrencic, who worked as an archivist at the Archives and Museum of the University of Ljubljana before joining the Slovenian TV Archives in 1999 and becoming Head of the Archive in  2003, and Junior Documentalist Katja Šturm take us on a tour of their archives and content. As well as focusing on the important political content in the archive, the article also highlights some of the more light-hearted content which RTV are contributing to EUscreen:

The material covers important political events such as the beginning of the war of independence, federal soldiers leaving Slovenia at the end of the war in 1991and the creation of the new state in 1991 and its declaration of independence, as well as significant national events such as the celebration of international worker’s day in 1964, the visit of Pope John Paul II and the plebiscite for an independent Slovenia with a live broadcast from the press centre. The material also documents day to day life in Slovenia and includes an eclectic selection of programme footage including coverage of children being vaccinated against Polio in 1961, a day among the fishermen on the Sora River in 1970, the dangers of pollution and environmental concerns, a programme covering the mating habits of the moor frog which causes them to turn blue and the discovery of the world’s oldest musical instrument at Divje Babe, a flute which could date back to the time of the Neanderthals.

You can read the full article online at the Critical Studies in Television website. Next up in this series there will be articles from KB (Sweden), Sound and Vision (The Netherlands), ORF (Austria) and INA (France).



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