Author: Tobias Steiner

Call for contributions “Transgender Representation on Television” (Edited Collection, working title). Deadline: Sept 29, 2017.

Editors: Dr. Liora Elias (University of Minnesota, USA); Dr. Raechel Tiffe (Independent Scholar) Info for abstracts: Deadline September 29th; 250 word abstract – include name, title and affiliation Project: The last decade has brought changes for transgender people both on and off television. Just a decade ago, transgender people almost exclusively appeared on television as jokes, victims, or sex workers, almost always as one-dimensional, and almost entirely performed by cisgender actors. Today, we see the introduction of complex transgender characters, some of whom are played by transgender actors, many of whom have love interests, “good” jobs, and empathetic storylines....

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CfP: Poetics: Special Issue on “Global Tastes: The Transnational Spread of non-Anglo-American Culture”. Deadline: Sept 15, 2017.

Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts Guest editors: Simone Varriale (University of Warwick, UK), Noa Lavie (The Academic College of Tel-Aviv Yaffo, Israel)   Globalization’s cultural effects have gained significant attention in the sociology of culture. Especially from the early 2000s, a growing literature on transnationally-connected cultural sectors has started exploring the asymmetries of economic and symbolic power between ‘centers’ and ‘peripheries’ of cultural production, the role of gatekeepers and organizations in mediating globalization processes, and the limits of cultural imperialism as an exhaustive framework for interpreting cultural globalization. Similarly, consumption studies have...

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FINDING THE GOLDEN RATIO by Şebnem Baran

This past winter, two new Turkish online streaming services released their first Turkish original shows: In January, Blu TV released Masum and in March, Puhu TV released Fi. A look at the production and success of these shows reveals how streaming is globalizing the Anglo-American notion of quality programming—a homogenization that is contrary to multidirectionality arguments supported by the rise of new centers of production. These multidirectionality arguments focus solely on the volume and route of global television flows, while a closer look at the content tells a different story. As Masum and Fi reveal, travelling content, regardless of...

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CfP: Symposium “Revisiting Nostalgia and the Hyperreal” Jan 13, 2018 @Oxford Brookes University. Deadline: Sept 22, 2017

REVISITING NOSTALGIA AND THE HYPERREAL A Symposium at Oxford Brookes University Saturday January 13th 2018 This one day symposium aims to re-examine the discourse, debates, and products of the hyperreal in the light of contemporary media culture’s nostalgic impulses. Nostalgia is now a keystone in transnational popular culture – from the Instagram-framed figure of the urban hipster, the lifestyle promises of women’s magazines to the re-boot of the infinitely nostalgic Star Wars franchise. Just as nostalgia haunts media culture, it has also prompted us to look back towards the cultural theory that first began flagging up the nostalgic mode...

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LESS CULT, MORE QUALITY?: AUDIENCE READINGS OF PRE-TEXTS FOR MARVEL’S INHUMANS AND ‘QUALITY-MAINSTREAM-CULT’ TV DRAMA by Ross Garner

The past weekend saw the annual San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) take place, an event which, as Lincoln Geraghty (2014: 96-103) has argued, has come to assume an increasing point of centrality within the screen industries as various intellectual property holders and brands use this to create buzz for new and returning series alike. Regarding (cult) television drama, this year saw promotional strategies either extended or initiated for series including Twin Peaks (1990-1; 2017- ), Star Trek: Discovery (2017- ), The CW’s Arrowverse and Marvel’s upcoming televisual output including The Defenders (2017) for Netflix and new ABC series Inhumans...

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