[csaa-forum] CCCS UQ Symposium: Locating Television: Zones of Consumption: 5 & 6 September

Rebecca Ralph r.ralph at uq.edu.au
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Locating Television: Zones of Consumption
A Symposium
5 & 6 September 2013, The University of Queensland
Registration required
This symposium is devoted to discussing the issues raised by Locating Television: Zones of Consumption, written by Anna Cristina Pertierra<http://cccs.uq.edu.au/pertierra> and Graeme Turner<http://cccs.uq.edu.au/turner>, and published in early 2013. Locating Television [zones.jpg] is aimed at recovering the importance of location for the study of television and media systems in general. Drawing upon the collaboration between cultural anthropology and cultural studies, it seeks new ways of talking about the experience of television – ways which locate that experience within the patterns and practices of everyday life. Featuring an ethnographic study of the consumption of television in Mexico, but also drawing upon research in Asia, the US, the UK and Australia, it proposes the notion of the ‘zone of consumption’ as an alternative, more contingent and flexible, means of contextualising the consumption of television without necessarily privileging the location of the nation, or the region, or the local, or the domestic sphere. The zone of consumption could be any or all of these, depending on the practices under examination. Further, as part of the project of this book, Pertierra and Turner also discuss the continuing relevance of the location of the nation, the claims made for the construction of community across media platforms, and the centrality of television’s enclosure within discourses of modernity.

In accord with Locating Television’s emphasis on the located-ness of television studies, contributors have been invited whose work addresses a wide range of locations: Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, the US and Australia.

The speakers are:  Jostein Gripsrud<http://www.uib.no/persons/Jostein.Gripsrud>, Marwan Kraidy<http://www.asc.upenn.edu/faculty/Faculty-Bio.aspx?id=165>, Jonathan Ong<http://socweb.hkbu.edu.hk/staff.php?no=37>, Jack Qiu<http://socweb.hkbu.edu.hk/staff.php?no=37>, Yeidy Rivero<http://www.lsa.umich.edu/sac/people/ci.riveroyeidy_ci.detail>, and Joseph Straubhaar<http://rtf.utexas.edu/faculty/joe-straubhaar> as well as Australian-based scholars Mark Andrejevic<http://cccs.uq.edu.au/andrejevic>, Sukhmani Khorana<http://www.uow.edu.au/arts/ssmac/staff/UOW141109.html>, Tania Lewis<http://www.rmit.edu.au/staff/tania-lewis>, Tom O'Regan<http://www.emsah.uq.edu.au/professor-tom-o-regan>, John Sinclair<http://history.unimelb.edu.au/about/staff/fellows/sinclair.html>, Wanning Sun<http://cfsites1.uts.edu.au/fass/staff/listing/details.cfm?StaffId=7172>, Jinna Tay<http://profiles.arts.monash.edu.au/jinna-tay/> and Zala Volcic<http://cccs.uq.edu.au/volcic>.

Speakers will engage with the ideas and concepts presented in Locating Television – each from their own perspective and location; this may involve discussing an aspect of their own research or responding directly to the research outlined in the book. The aim of the symposium is to extend the scope and diversity of the locations examined in the book, as well as to critically evaluate, debate, and complicate its underpinning arguments. Among the aspects of the book which participants may choose to address are the following:

  *   The connections made between television and competing versions of modernity;
  *   The role of television, in all its modes of delivery, in the construction of community;
  *   The revision of the tendency to dismiss the nation as ‘irrelevant’ to the study of the media in contemporary societies.
  *   The rationale for, and the potentials inherent in, the collaboration between cultural anthropology and cultural studies in the analysis of media consumption

The two day symposium will be held on September 5-6, at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia. As all the speakers presenting are invited, there will be no call for additional papers. All presentation sessions will be open to anyone interested in attending, but the symposium will end with a closed roundtable discussion involving only the invited participants. A full program will be posted shortly on the CCCS website.

This is to advertise the event to researchers in the field who wish to attend the open sessions, which will run from the morning of September 5 until the lunch break on September 6. A full program will be up on the website soon.   For academic staff members wishing to attend, there is a small registration fee of $100 to cover costs; the fee for postgraduates is $50. Those who wish to register for the event should RSVP to Rebecca Ralph at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies (r.ralph at uq.edu.au<mailto:r.ralph at uq.edu.au>) in the first instance until the online registration is operational.

This will be an exciting event for all scholars of television and the media in Australia and all interested are encouraged to attend.

Further Information

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Rebecca Ralph,
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