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Ph.d. course: Researching Transnational Television: Research challenges and matters of translation

09.03.2020 | Kristian Mørch Abell

Dato tir 02 jun tor 04 jun
Tid 09:00    20:00
Sted Campus Aarhus

For more information go to phdcourses.dk

Open for PhD candidates at all levels (media studies, communication studies, cultural studies or related disciplines) who study aspects of production, aesthetics or audiences of television with a transnational perspective. We also invite Post-Docs and fellow faculty researchers!

With Senior Lecturer Janet McCabe (Birkbeck University of London), Professor Jean K Chalaby (City University of London), Associate Professor Susanne Eichner (Aarhus University), Post-Doc Cathrin Bengesser (Aarhus University) and Associate Professor Pia Majbritt Jensen (Aarhus University).

Television has always been shaped by transnational tendencies – not only in the Western markets, but also in other global regions: With its television formats traveling to the Arabic region, Latin America and the rest of the world, Turkey has become the biggest exporter of television lately. KDrama, Korean television drama, has proven highly successful across and beyond Asia, entering the Middle East and the American market. In an age of globalization, digitization and media convergence, studying the scale and scope of transnational aspects on all levels of television production and consumption has become even more significant.

With this in mind, academic research must address specific challenges of transnational circulations and develop suitable skills: Gaining access to exclusive industry experts, transforming 'industry lore' into research insights, working with people from different territories, languages and agendas. All these issues challenge us to consider ways of translating different forms of knowledge and practices into an understanding of the complex world of transnational television.

This course addresses these “translation matters” and explores key issues across different levels of research:

  1. Translating the Industry: How do we make sense of different tangled trading systems, corporate strategies, local practices and power relations as part of the 'global value chain'? How do you sell a concept from one territory to another? How do we translate industry experts' performances into insightful and critical research?
  2. Translating transnational 'texts': What happens when an audiovisual text moves across different platform? What does it mean to tell a story in two places at the same time?
  3. Translating audiences: How do we understand audiences’ responses from around the world? How can we relate to their experiences?
  4. Theory: How do we use theoretical concepts rooted in one language and/or academic community in another and make them fruitful for our research?

Leading, international scholars from the field of (transnational) television studies contribute to the course with talks, individual feedback and workshop instructions to help PhD students to:

  • translate theories and identify methodologies fit for studying transnational television
  • understand matters of translation within production, distribution, aesthetics, creative processes and audiences
  • master the challenges of the different PhD phases


  • Create an understanding for the dynamics and processes of translating transnational television culture from production and creativity to distribution and audience
  • Guidance on theories and methodologies to make sense of translation processes
  • Convey experience and feedback by working with experts and the field as well as fellow PhD students

Dates and time:

2 - 4 June 2020


Costs: lunch and coffee are free. Participants cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

Work: Participation will involve completing some preparatory reading and writing tasks.


Campus Aarhus, Åbogade 34, ADA 333

Application deadline:

Please apply for a spot via https://events.au.dk/researchingtransnationaltelevisionf2020 no later than the 1st of April 2020

Kursus, Kunst, kultur og medier , Arts, Ph.d.-studerende, Forskning, Centre, Medievidenskab og Journalistik