FlowTV is a critical forum on television and media culture published biweekly by the Department of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of Texas at Austin.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

De-Westernizing Television Studies (Panel #5)

Participants: Timothy Havens (University of Iowa), Tasha Oren (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Olivier Tchouaffe (University of Texas at Austin), Adam Fish (University of California—Los Angeles), Jaime Nasser (University of Southern California), Stephanie DeBoer (University of Southern California)
Moderator: John Jirik (University of Texas at Austin)

Question: How might we develop a critical global television studies discipline? What types of programming/policies/institutional practices/modes of production and reception/ textual strategies are occurring internationally and why should these matter to a largely Western-based discipline? How can we work to further "de-westernize" media studies, by accounting for programming, policies, institutional practices, circulations, and cultural embeddings that take shape only in the "peripheral vision" of the field. This would include not only different geographic locales, but a variety of marginalized internal others -- indigenous communities, the disabled, and the widespread growth of religious media, particularly those works whose circulation is "under the radar". In particular, how do we escape neo-developmentalist paradigms such as "the digital divide"?


Anonymous John said...

Does 'de-westernization' point to a lack, rather than something we desire?

6:08 PM


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