Making Television in the 21st Century

Making Television in the 21st Century

  • International conference 24-26 October 2013

A conference organised by two groupings of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA): The Television Studies Section, and the Media Industries and Cultural Production Temporary Working Group.

The conference is hosted by the research programmes Media, Communication and Society and Cultural Transformations, School for Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark

Conference Theme

Television is by no means coming to an end, as some scholars predict. Television is, however, in transition. Digitalization, multiple media platforms and the mushrooming of television channels have changed its nature, in production, distribution, programming and content. The conference “Making Television in the 21st Century” will focus on these changes in the television landscape.

How will television, the major communication medium of the last sixty years, survive in a new century? What theories will best help researchers and publics to understand changes in the television industries, and in television production? This conference invites research and reflection on these and other questions. We invite papers on any aspect of television production and distribution. While the emphasis is on production and on industry, this in no way precludes analysis of texts, genres and subjectivities. Indeed, research that integrates consideration of these questions with industry and production analysis is encouraged.

Keynote speakers

Professor John Thornton Caldwell

University of California Los Angeles, USA, author of Production Culture (Duke University Press, 2008)

Professor David Hesmondhalgh

University of Leeds, UK, author of The Cultural Industries (3. edition, Sage, 2013) and Creative Labour (Routledge, 2011)

Professor Lothar Mikos

Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen “Konrad Wolf”, Potsdam, Germany, co-editor and co-author of Transnationale Serienkultur (Springer, 2013)

Lotte Lindegaard

Head of TV 2 Denmark