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Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Uses and Meanings of Television History (Panel #4)

Panel Columnist: Aniko Bodroghkozy (University of Virginia)
Participants: Ruta Abolins (University of Georgia Libraries Media Archives), Charles Ramirez-Berg (University of Texas at Austin), Laura Levitt-Gamis (Columbia College), Doug Battema (Western New England College), Mary Jeanne Wilson (University of Southern California), Elana Levine (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee),
Moderator: Jacqueline Vickery (University of Texas at Austin)

Question: Nick at Nite and TVLand have given the general public a highly selective and particular sense of what counts as "our television heritage." What about television scholars? What counts as television history? What should count? Histories of corporate and institutional decision making? Histories of audience reception? Histories of representations? Comparative histories of national and State approaches to the medium? Histories of regulation? Histories of technological change? Why do television history? How does our field, so often focused on the present state of the medium, its audiences, institutions, and regulatory climate, gain from various kinds of television history? What might television industry practitioners (current ones and the future ones we may be educating right now) gain from the histories we produce?


Anonymous John Hartley said...

Aniko's talk mentioned the difficulty of writing about TV history on Flow, so I just thought I'd mention that Flow has carried at least one column that specifically deals with television historiography: "Laughs & Legends, or the Furniture that Glows? - TV as History" by John Hartley (here: http://jot.communication.utexas.edu/flow/?jot=view&id=1214). I'm developing a multi-sourced TV history research project based in Australia but with international links so if anyone wants to correspond on that please feel free: j.hartley AT qut dot edu dot au.

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