CFP: Media History

Media History: What are the Issues?

University of Texas at Austin
October 11-13, 2007

Autodidacts produced the first histories of film and television; academicians contributed tomes from the 1960s on, with waves of fact-philia and empiricism-phobia following. Now, after 100 years of writing media histories, it seems opportune both to take stock and to move forward, perhaps optimistically.

This conference seeks to ask: Where are we now? What are the issues today in writing media history and histories? What have we accomplished? Where might we go? For whom and why? Papers may present historical work in progress but should indicate a metahistorical or historiographical contribution. Papers may deal with a single medium or the problems of writing multi-media or convergent histories. Papers may consider a "single" production/reception space (e.g., Bollywood, Hong Kong, the Kayapo, Ingmar Bergman, Al Jazeera, MySpace, YOUTUBE, the ColbertNation) or cultural flows.

Confirmed keynote speakers are:
Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Hamid Naficy, Northwestern University
Kathleen Newman, University of Iowa
Chon Noriega, University of California at Los Angeles
Gaylyn Studlar, University of Michigan
Abstracts of no more than 750 words and author biographies of no more than 150 words should be sent to Janet Staiger (jstaiger@uts.cc.utexas.edu) by May 1, 2007. Notification of acceptances will be sent by June 1, 2007. We may consider creating an anthology of the papers; thus, we request right of first publication if we accept your proposal for the conference. Notification regarding the anthology will be made no later than January 1, 2008.

UT Organizing Committee: Katie Arens, James Buhler, Jennifer Fuller, Lalitha Gopalan, Sabine Hake, H-B. Moeller, David Neumeyer, Charles Ramirez Berg, Joe Straubhaar, Janet Staiger, and Lynn Wilkinson.

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