Transformations in Broadcasting, Leeds, July 2012

Call for papers
An international conference on Transformations in/of Broadcasting
July 12-13 2012
Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds

In association with The ECREA Media Industries and Cultural Production Temporary Working Group; The Media Industries Research Centre, University of Leeds; Centre for Digital Citizenship, University of Leeds.

Confirmed speakers include Stephen Coleman, John Corner, Des Freedman, Sylvia Harvey, David Hesmondhalgh, Lynn Spigel, Graeme Turner.

The media continue to undergo remarkable change. To what extent have recent and continuing changes enhanced or constrained broadcasting’s potential to benefit societies, citizens and publics? This international conference addresses this broad question, across a number of themes, including (but not confined to) those below. The aim is to bring together researchers across a number of specialisms, to discuss questions of transformation across some of the traditional research divisions. We welcome the submission of papers involving research within and across any national contexts. Although the focus is contemporary, we welcome historical research that adds to understanding of current transformations and continuities.

• Audience/hood. How have broadcasting audiences changed? What new challenges are changes in audience behaviour throwing up for audience research, both within industry and among academics concerned with questions of identity, meaning and pleasure? How are social media monitoring, opinion mining and sentiment analysis affecting audience engagement? Are interactivity and user-generated content useful concepts in the new broadcasting ecology?

• Representation and aesthetics. To what extent have transformations in broadcasting involved changing relations between representation and power? What notable changes have there been in representations of gender, of ethnic and religious groups, of different types of body? What new forms and genres are developing to represent contemporary experience and identity? How are traditional genres mutating, and with what effect on quality? How are genres such as news, journalism, and reality TV adopting to the emerging challenges of transformations? How are new technologies, such as HDTV and widescreen, changing the aesthetics of television and other media?

• Industry and institution. What are the impacts of commercialization on public broadcasting? What are the implications of the continuing multiplication of channels for notions of quality, professionalism, integrity? What is the impact of co-creation and amateur forms of production for broadcasting and the cultural industries more generally?

• Policy and regulation. How are policy makers and regulators responding to transformations in broadcasting? How are questions of copyright and intellectual property affecting dynamics? What principles ought to guide policy in this changing environment? Are concepts such as neo-liberalism and marketization adequate to characterise tendencies in policy over recent decades?

Abstracts and panel proposals should be sent by February 16th 2012 to

Abstracts 300 words maximum. Panel proposals should consist of 3-5 papers. Panel descriptions should include paper abstracts; a maximum of 1000 per panel description.