Author: Tobias Steiner

CfP: Convergence, Special issue “Rethinking the distinction between old and new media”. Deadline: May 31, 2018.

CFP: “Rethinking the distinction between old and new media” Special Issue of Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies Guest editors: Frederik Lesage (Simon Fraser University, Canada) and Simone Natale (Loughborough University, UK) Expected date of publication: August 2019 Since at least the early 1990s with the publication of groundbreaking works such as Manovich’s The Language of New Media, the rise of digital and online media into every facet of our lives has been conceptualized through distinctions between “new” and “old” media. Yet, scholars have recently started to criticize such concepts, arguing that they are inappropriate to describe media change and that...

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University of Westminster SSH Professorial Lecture: ‘Doctor Who – A British Alien?’

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Professorial Lecture: Doctor Who: A British Alien? Speaker: Professor Danny Nicol (Westminster Law School) Tuesday 6th March at 5.30 p.m. in Fyvie Hall, Regent Street Building This lecture explores political dimensions of Doctor Who, the world’s longest-running science fiction television series, arguing that the programme is just as much about Britain and Britishness as about distant planets and monsters. The lecture interrogates the substance of Doctor Who‘s Britishness in terms of individualism, globalisation, foreign policy adventures and the unrelenting rise of the transnational corporation. Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ssh-professorial-lecture-doctor-who-a-british-alien-tickets-41943051797 Info:...

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CfP: Philip K. Dick Day 2018. April 27, 2018 @ Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (UK). Deadline: March 8, 2018.

The Half-Life of Philip K. Dick Friday the 27th of April 2018 CFP deadline = March 8th 2018 Through the process of adaptation, Philip K. Dick lives out his half-life and continues to have a presence in our contemporary culture. Recent high-profile adaptations of his work include Blade Runner 2049 (2017), The Man in the High Castle (2015 – ongoing) and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (2017). The term Dickian is increasingly deployed by commentators to describe contemporary politics. While liberal detractors of President Donald Trump see ironic similarity between the election of a TV personality and Dick’s fiction...

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GREEK TELEVISION: MOVING FORWARD OR GOING BACK? by Katerina Serafeim

As we have reached the end of 2017, I thought it would be a good idea to do a recap on the programmes that were broadcast by Greek television, a detailed review of the typology and quality of the televised product that was “served” to the Greek audience. As I was thinking what kind of entertainment programmes, TV series, reality shows, talent shows etc. I watched, what was new that caught my interest, what I would like to see vanished in a magical way, I realized that in 2017 Greek television really went backwards by decades! To be accurate,...

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WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD TV SHOWS: NURSE JACKIE by Martha P. Nochimson

Nurse Jackie began in 2009 as an original, fascinating show about a nurse addicted to oxycontin, created by Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem, and Evan Dunsky. Dunsky left the team after the second year of the seven season show, but Brixius and Wallem, who were a couple off-screen, continued to be partnered showrunners until the beginning of the fourth season. When they ran into off-screen personal difficulties that affected the show, they lost control of the series and were superseded by Clyde Phillips as executive producer until the series’ demise in 2015. The story of what happened to Nurse Jackie...

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