Experimental Television CFP
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Experimental Television CFP

Television viewers, critics, and scholars often critique broadcast and commercial programming for reproducing hegemonic social norms and repeatedly recycling narrative formats. However, television has evolved over time through a long series of experiments, often in local and noncommercial contexts. Some of these experiments in form and content have been incorporated into contemporary televisual norms while others didn’t quite take. From formal innovation, such as the use of computer graphics and video processing, to shifts in production and representation, such as the increasingly prominent presence of diversity in terms of sexuality, race, ethnicity, gender, ability, and nationality in front of and behind the camera, television has grown and evolved through a series of innovations, of explorations, of experiments.


This panel will theorize the influence of experimental content and aesthetics in the historical development of television production, distribution, and reception. We will ask questions like: In what ways has noncommercial television informed, challenged, and/or provided alternatives to commercial broadcast television? What happens when independent producers incorporate avant-garde aesthetics into television content? How have artists and activists used television as a medium to amplify their messages? How does experimental television expand our notion of what “television” can be?


Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Video art

  • Noncommercial television production

  • Web series

  • Cable access television

  • Public television

  • Television activism

  • Community/local television

  • Avant-garde aesthetics in television

  • Early television history

  • Digital/streaming television


Please email paper proposals, including a title (120 characters), abstract (2500 characters), 3-5 bibliographic sources, and a bio (1500 characters) to Jason Nebergall and Lauren Herold at experimentaltvscms@gmail.com by August 3rd, 2018. Decisions will be made by August 17th.




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