Author: Tobias Steiner


He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster (Nietzsche) For docudrama lovers like me, a new Peter Kosminsky production is always eagerly anticipated and the unfolding of The State over four consecutive evenings on Channel 4 last week made for a particularly intense viewing experience. Like most of Kosminsky’s television work, The State is an exhaustively researched drama with a bold premise: four Britons travel to Raqqa to join the Islamic State, but soon discover that daily life in the caliphate is not all it’s cracked up to be by its online advocates. Although...

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CfP: Media Industry Studies: Current Debates and Future Directions. London, Apr 18-20, 2018. Deadline: Sept 15, 2017.

International conference hosted by the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London Jointly organized by: Media Industries Scholarly Interest Group, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Media Industry Studies Interest Group, International Communication Association (ICA) Screen Industries Work Group, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) Media Industries and Cultural Production Section, European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) European Media Management Association (EMMA) Screen Industries Special Interest Group, British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) AG Medienindustrien, Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (GFM) Media Industries journal HOST COMMITTEE Paul McDonald (conference chair), Sarah...

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CfP: The Velvet Light Trap, Issue 83 – Politics of Space and Place. Deadline: Jan 15, 2018.

At the outset of Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience, Yi-Fu Tuan observes, “Space and place are basic components of the lived world; we take them for granted. When we think about them, however, they may assume unexpected meanings and raise questions we have not thought to ask.” Power relations are often negotiated through space and embedded in place, and these dynamics resonate through and within media. As such, media studies stands to offer an important contribution to the critical study of space and place, just as this important area of study may help us to reorient and reimagine...

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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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