EXTENDED DEADLINE: VIEW Journal Call for Papers “History of Private and Commercial Television in Europe”


***Extended deadline: September 27, 2016***

The perception of the European television and media landscape has been traditionally shaped by the contrast and constant comparison with the American one: state-run stations or public service broadcasting in Europe vs. commercial networks in the US. However, in most European countries it took to the last third of the 20th century, until commercial TV got proper permission, or started its activities. As a result, to date, the structure is characterized by coexistence of public service and commercial stations (in a mixed system only later opened to pay and over-the-top operators). ( Read more…)

Conference Notes: Content in Motion | Curating Europe’s Audiovisual Heritage: Session 3

Author: Anna de Bruyn
Copyright: National Library of Sweden

Opening & Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3 | Session 4 | Session 5 & Closing Keynote

The third session of our conference, “Historical Views on Curation”, was dedicated to the presentation of papers relevant to the upcoming issue of VIEW, the Journal of European Television History and Culture. VIEW is the first peer-reviewed, multi-media and open access e-journal in the field of European television history and culture. It offers an international platform for outstanding academic research and archival reflection on television as an important part of our European cultural heritage.

The speakers, Matteo Treleani, Lisa Kerrigan, and Jean Christophe Meyer, presented their research findings on the use of archives in new productions, and the session was opened and moderated by Claude Mussou, head of InaTEQUE (INA).

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World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Author: Yashar Dehaghani, Sian Barber, Anna de Bruyn
Photo source: Televisió de Catalunya. All rights reserved.

Join us today in celebrating Audiovisual Heritage Day! Today is important, because we believe that archives matter tremendously, and that preservation of information should be a priority. And there’s no better way of ensuring the survival of our audiovisual heritage than by making it publicly available.


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Happy World Television Day!

The first World Television Forum was held by the United Nations on 21 and 22 November 1996. The leading media agents met to discuss the growing significance of television in today’s changing world. Television was acknowledged as a major tool in informing, channeling and affecting public opinion. That is why the General Assembly decided to proclaim 21 November as World Television Day.

“The world today is controlled by advancements in technology. We live in a society that depends on information technology and communications to perform its daily activities, including work, entertainment, education, health care, personal relationships, travel, and many other pursuits.

Everything we experience through television shapes and influences our lives. Television educates, informs, entertains, instructs, and influences us in so many ways. The youth are greatly influenced by images and we can expect new value systems to emerge among them.” [United Nations]


This year, three European broadcasters’ associations have decided to organize the World TV Day :

egta association of television and radio sales houses

The Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT)

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU)  which is one of the EUscreen Project Partners



Programme Announcement: Final EUscreen Conference

EUscreen, the best practice network for Europe’s television heritage, organises its third and final international conference on Television Heritage and the Web. The conference will take place in Budapest on 13 and 14 September 2012. The programme consists of two workshops, a plenary session with keynotes and case studies by renowned experts in the field.

Television Heritage and the Web

Date: 13-14 September 2012
Location: ELTE University, Budapest, Hungary

Attendance is free, but registration is required at: http://euscreen2012.eventbrite.com
For travel, accomodation and much more info go to the conference info page under Events

Nationaal Archief / Spaarnestad Photo (Flickr Commons)

Conference programme

Today, most broadcasters devote resources to web-based forms of television, both in terms of new programming and older programme materials. Broadcast archives are becoming increasingly important as ‘old’ television content has the potential to attract online users. As a result, the major question for audiovisual archives, scholars and media professionals is: What does the current shift to online forms actually imply for television heritage?

The conference Television Heritage and the Web will discuss and analyse the opportunities and challenges of the current media changes. The conference includes a range of international experts and a workshop titled EUscreen best practice applications showcase, which explores the exploitation of broadcast material in the fields of learning, research, leisure/cultural heritage and creative reuse.

Confirmed speakers

  • Lynn Spigel (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Eggo Müller (Utrecht University, NL)
  • Richard Grusin (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)
  • Jamie Harley (FR)
  • Irina Negraru and Dana Mustata (TVR, RO)
  • Aleksander Lavrencic/Katja Šturm (RTV Slovenija, SI)
  • Victoria Metzger/Xavier Jacques-Jourion (RTBF , BE)
  • Attila Nemes (Kitchen Budapest, HU)

Please go to http://euscreen2012.eventbrite.com for programme updates and make sure to register in time for this event.
For travel, accomodation and much more info go to the conference info page under Events.
You can also download the Press release EUscreen Budapest Conference 2012

From the Fall of the Berlin Wall to September 11

— Book announcement (language of the book: French)

Katharina Niemeyer
De la chute du mur de Berlin au 11 septembre 2001.
Le journal télévisé, les mémoires collectives et l’écriture de l’histoire.
Antipodes, Lausanne (Switzerland)
2011, 342p.

English title: From the fall of the Berlin wall to September 11. Television news, collective memories and writing of history

This book discusses the importance of television and television news in contemporary history telling and making, and also asks the question of collective memories. Concepts developed by philosophers of memory and history are linked and discussed with media theory; pointing out the temporal and visual implication of television news and the eternal, audiovisual game of the past, the present and the future. Two major televised events are analyzed: the fall of the Berlin wall and September 11 (as well as their commemorations). The results of the study show that television is a special history maker and teller as well as a creator of collectives memories. It is also an indicator and accelerator of social, political and cultural changes (aesthetics of television news trailers, visual design etc.) and … television remains an eternal challenger of media studies.


  • http://www.antipodes.ch/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=187&Itemid=1&Itemid=89
  • http://iamhist.org/2011/11/new-book-de-la-chute-du-mur-de-berlin-au-11-septembre-2001/#more-446

CfP: Media Homes Conference, Amsterdam

Call for Papers – Media Homes: Material Culture in Twentieth-Century Domestic Life
Friday June 29, 2012 (University of Amsterdam)

Picture by Foxtongue on Flickr

During the early‐twentieth century, a raft of media technologies emerged against the backdrop of
urbanization, industrialization and rationalization. At the same time, the private dwelling developed into a centerpiece of modern conceptions of everyday life. While the domestication of media and their adoption for everyday consumption became one of the crucial factors for constructions of private and public space (Morley 2000), the same holds true for the mediation of the domestic, as new visions and representations of the home invaded magazines, movies, radio broadcasts and TV programs (Spigel 2001).

The conference seeks to explore the close – but rarely discussed – entanglement of these two phenomena in the context of recent debates on materiality in the humanities. Older tensions between approaches focusing on immaterial ‘representations’ on the one hand, and material ‘social practices’ on the other, now seem to have been replaced: firstly, by a common interest in representations and, secondly, by a growing concern for the significance of materiality in social life more generally. ʹMedia homesʹ can thus serve as a test case for investigating the new possibilities created by this situation.

Participants are invited to reconnect the strands between media and material culture, as framed within the locus of the interior and domestic life. Both the concept of ʹmediaʹ and of ʹmaterialityʹ are approached from two angles: the different media used to convey new visions of domestic material culture should be analyzed in their function of not only representing but also molding and creating the ‘home’. At the same time, all media – be it books, radios or personal computers – are material objects in themselves that conquer the private home and give it new meaning as a space of media consumption. The home itself thus emerges as ‘mediated’ in two ways: as a represented – imagined and conceptualized ‐ social space and as a space shaped by the material presence of media.

Against this background a set of key questions can be raised: how are old and new media technologies given meaning within everyday life and family relations? In what ways do domestic dwellers engage with media discourses concerning domestic lifestyle and home improvement? To what extent are categories of class, gender and ethnicity bound up with media consumption and related cultural practices within the home? What are the sensory, embodied dimensions to media consumption within the domestic sphere (visibility and audibility, as well as touch, taste and smell)? In what ways did the onset of digital media encourage a rethinking of the domestic sphere (as ʹhome theatreʹ or smart home)?

Themes for the conference may include, but are not limited to:

  • Media representations of the home, domestic life and ʹconspicuous consumptionʹ
  • Home recording and amateur media practices
  • Memory practices and forms of collecting based on media and the domestic sphere (diaries, scrapbooks, mementos)
  • Trends such as miniaturization and portability, with new constructions of the interior or domestic in public life (e.g. mobile technologies in the car, mobile phones, portable stereos)
  • The relationship between private and public forms of media consumption (cinema‐going, portable stereos)
  • Paradigmatic shifts in conceptualizations of the home and domestic life, and the challenge of periodization for researchers
  • The relationship of the ʹmedia homeʹ to urban, regional, national, and international or transnational identity categories

Please send abstracts (max. 500 words) and a short CV before 20 January 2012 to Natalie Scholz
n.scholz@uva.nl /Carolyn Birdsall c.j.birdsall@uva.nl. A publication related to the conference is planned for February 2013.



Call for Papers on Performance and Television Space

– from: http://cstonline.tv:

The second symposium arising from the AHRC ‘Spaces of Television’ project will be held at the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries (University of Glamorgan) on Friday 20 April 2012.

Proposals are invited for papers and/or panels on the theme of ‘Performance and Television Space’. Performance in this context should be interpreted in the broadest sense to include the full range of communicative elements in programme making, especially acting.

The project focuses specifically on television drama in Britain between 1955 and 1994, and we particularly welcome papers in this area, though we will also consider comparative perspectives (e.g. performance in dramas from other television industries, acting on television compared with film, transnational exchange/ co-productions).

Possible topics include but should not be limited to:

  • Acting styles in different genres (social realism, fantasy, horror) and spaces of production (studio or location)
  • Close analyses of the relationships between different performance elements in particular programmes or series
  • The institutional and/or, technological and/or production determinants on performance
  • The relationships between performance and wider social and cultural movements and themes; the social and cultural meanings of performance in different spatial and aesthetic contexts
  • Histories and historiographies of television drama performance, particularly relating to production strategies and institutional contexts.
  • Case studies of particular actors and/or programmes in relation to performance and space.
  • The impact of different ‘schools’ or theories of acting on British TV drama performance.
  • The role of production personnel, such as casting directors and directors of programmes, in determining preferred approaches to performance in British television drama.
  • The relationships between early TV drama and theatre

Proposals in the form of a 250-word abstract (or panel outline) should be submitted to Professor Stephen Lacey (swlacey@glam.ac.uk) by 6 January 2012.

We envisage 20-minute papers with no parallel sessions. We welcome proposals from both established scholars and early career researchers including postgraduate students.

Spaces of Television is an AHRC-funded research project led by the University of Reading in collaboration with the University of Leicester and the University of Glamorgan.

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