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Call for Papers on Performance and Television Space

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The second symposium arising from the AHRC ‘Spaces of Television’ project will be held at the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries (University of Glamorgan) on Friday 20 April 2012.

Proposals are invited for papers and/or panels on the theme of ‘Performance and Television Space’. Performance in this context should be interpreted in the broadest sense to include the full range of communicative elements in programme making, especially acting.

The project focuses specifically on television drama in Britain between 1955 and 1994, and we particularly welcome papers in this area, though we will also consider comparative perspectives (e.g. performance in dramas from other television industries, acting on television compared with film, transnational exchange/ co-productions).

Possible topics include but should not be limited to:

  • Acting styles in different genres (social realism, fantasy, horror) and spaces of production (studio or location)
  • Close analyses of the relationships between different performance elements in particular programmes or series
  • The institutional and/or, technological and/or production determinants on performance
  • The relationships between performance and wider social and cultural movements and themes; the social and cultural meanings of performance in different spatial and aesthetic contexts
  • Histories and historiographies of television drama performance, particularly relating to production strategies and institutional contexts.
  • Case studies of particular actors and/or programmes in relation to performance and space.
  • The impact of different ‘schools’ or theories of acting on British TV drama performance.
  • The role of production personnel, such as casting directors and directors of programmes, in determining preferred approaches to performance in British television drama.
  • The relationships between early TV drama and theatre

Proposals in the form of a 250-word abstract (or panel outline) should be submitted to Professor Stephen Lacey ( by 6 January 2012.

We envisage 20-minute papers with no parallel sessions. We welcome proposals from both established scholars and early career researchers including postgraduate students.

Spaces of Television is an AHRC-funded research project led by the University of Reading in collaboration with the University of Leicester and the University of Glamorgan.