Author: Tobias Steiner

CONFERENCE REPORT: GAME OF THRONES, AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE, 6-7 SEPTEMBER, 2017 by Gill Jamieson

‘Winter is coming’, ‘Valar Morghulis’ and ‘You know nothing Jon Snow’ are widely-known expressions attesting to the global visibility of Game of Thrones; each expression offering a reminder of the power of television to resonate through casual forms of oral culture. This international conference at the University of Hertfordshire provided a timely opportunity to explore the impact of the GoT phenomenon, and was unique in providing a platform for cross-disciplinary perspectives. Professor Anne Gjelsvik (Norwegian University of Science & Technology) opened the conference with a provocative keynote ‘Facing Changes in Westeros’, setting the tone with an exploration of the...

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CONFERENCE REPORT: TRANS TV AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER, SCHOOL OF MEDIA, ARTS AND DESIGN, 13-15 SEPTEMBER, 2017 by Andrew Lynch and Alexa Scarlata

At most screen and media studies conferences television scholarship is too often relegated to a single session or superficially dealt with as a contributory example when discussing broader industrial developments. However, the University of Westminster’s recent TRANS-TV conference focused solely on the specific and yet expansive notion of “transformations” in television. This included evolutions in television industries, in consumption practices, in the construction and depiction of television narratives and identities, and in transnational and transmedia systems. The conference, co-organised by UoW’s Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), Communication & Media Research Institute (CAMRI) and Westminster...

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THE SHOCK OF THE OLD – REDISCOVERING THE MONOCLED MUTINEER LAST SUNDAY by Tom Nicholls

Last Sunday, faced with a disappointing episode of Philip K.Dick’s Electric Dreams (Sony Pictures TV for Channel 4, 2017 –) on Channel 4 and the blandness, not to say offensiveness of watching episode 3 of The Last Post (BonafideFilms for BBC, 2017- ), we turned to a repeat of The Monocled Mutineer (BBC, 1986) on the Yesterday channel. I’d first seen the opening two episodes on a weekend screening led by Ian Aitken on the Film & TV Masters programme at the University of Westminster in the early nineties. More recently, I bought the DVD thinking that I might...

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CfP: Funes. Journal of Narratives and Social Sciences: ‘The representation of death in modern society’. Deadline: Nov 30, 2017.

Funes. Journal of Narratives and Social Sciences Directors: Stefano Bory, Gianfranco Pecchinenda (University Federico II, Naples, Italy) http://www.serena.unina.it/index.php/funes/announcement/view/81 The experience of death represents one of those few things every society must face, no matter what historical period. It has been defined as the most marginal situation, as it sits at the borders of every symbolic system, of every structure of significance that a community can possess, since it is not concretely knowable. Therefore, every group as well as every individual who must face the end of human life, the loss and the elaboration of grief, also must question himself...

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CfP: International Conference ‘Gender Differentiation in Media Industries’ @ The Peace Institute and Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, June 14-15, 2018. Deadline: Jan 19, 2018.

In the last thirty years feminist media scholarship has analysed media systems as environments reproducing patriarchal structures that work against gender equality in the media. Results of research at the national and global scales have reported similar results: women are less likely to work in top managerial positions in the media, on the average women journalists are paid less than male, larger numbers of women are engaged in precarious jobs than their male counterparts. Similarly persistent are inequalities in media representation where portraying women is often rife with stereotypes and pursuant of imaginings of women’s domesticity. In addition, studies...

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