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CfP: Europe on and Behind the Screens

Mirrored Video at the Cinema Museum, Turin, Italy. Image from Flickr by ezioman.

Contributions are welcome for Volume 2 of the Journal of European Television History and Culture, which is the first peer-reviewed multi-media e-journal in the field of television studies.

Call for Papers: Vol. 2 September 2012.
500 word proposals: January 5th, 2012.
2-4,000 word articles: April 1st, 2012.

Offering an international platform for outstanding academic research on television, the journal has an interdisciplinary profile and acts both as a platform for critical reflection on the cultural, social and political role of television in Europe’s past and present as well as a multi-media platform for the circulation and use of digitized audiovisual material.

Our main aim is to function as a showcase for a creative and innovative use of digitised television material in scholarly work. At the same time, the journal intends to stimulate the fruitful discussion between audiovisual heritage institutions (especially television archives) and a broader community of television experts and amateurs. In offering a unique technical infrastructure for a multi-media presentation of critical reflections on European television, the journal aims at stimulating innovative narrative forms of online storytelling, making use of the digitized audiovisual collections of television archives around Europe.

The focus of Vol 2 of the journal, due for publication in September 2012, will be Europe on and Behind the Screens.

Proposals are invited on (but not limited to) the following topics:

Europe on the screen:

  • Eurovision or Intervision programmes:
    • Eurovision/ Intervision Song Contest
    • European News Exchange
    • Jeux Sans Frontières
    • Sports
  • National Programmes dealing with Europe:
    • “With Europe in View” (BBC)
    • European Journal
    • European politics / public sphere
    • History of European integration on television
  • Europe television culture:
    • Comparative studies on European television cultures
    • Europeanization / Americanization / Sovietization of television
    • Development of European television audiences

Europe behind the screen:

    • The History of European broadcasting institutions (E.B.U. and O.I.R.T.) and bi-lateral cooperation between national broadcasters
    • Hidden collaboration between East (OIRT) and West (EBU) during Cold War
    • Political initiatives to promote television as a means for European understanding (TV without frontiers,…)
    • The infrastructures of European live transmissions and programme exchange
    • Transnational Actors and Personalities: programme makers, engineers, technicians, presenters
    • Subversive cross-border viewing practices in totalitarian regimes
    • Commercial initiatives and programme trade in the European television landscape
    • Legal frameworks of European television trade and exchange, especially copy right problems

For our “discovery”-section, a platform dedicated to present latest developments and initiatives in the field of audiovisual heritage institutions and television archives, we especially invite contributions dealing with past experiences and future challenges of collaborations between television scholars and audiovisual heritage institutions. These essays (2.500 words) should reflect on the practical challenges of doing television research in an archival or academic environment.

Please send your abstracts no later than 5h of January, 2012 to the managing editor of the journal, Dana Mustata: