CFP: Ryan Murphy and the Changing Face of Television
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7/15/2019 at 3:58:59 AM GMT
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CFP: Ryan Murphy and the Changing Face of Television

Ryan Murphy is one of the most prolific creators in contemporary television, serving as the creator, writer, director, and/or producer on series such as Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, The New Normal, American Horror Story, Feud: Betty and Joan, American Crime Story (The People vs. OJ Simpson and The Assassination of Gianni Versace), Scream Queens, 9-1-1, and Pose. Following in the footsteps of one of his idols, Norman Lear, Murphy has sought to use television as a tool for addressing social issues while entertaining audiences. This panel will examine some of the television content produced by Murphy and his collaborators to explore how they have worked to change the face of television as one step toward changing society.

Some ideas that might be explored by way of Murphy’s television programs include:

-LGBTQ+ stories, themes, performers, and creators
-Transgender visibility
-Queer aesthetics
-Queer authorship
-Murphy’s Half Initiative and opportunities for women and minorities behind the camera
-Innovative storytelling structures
-Racism, sexism, and ageism in Hollywood and beyond
-Diversity in casting
-Collaboration with creators and performers

To propose a paper for this panel, please send an abstract (approximately 250-300 words), tentative title, 3-5 bibliographic entries, and a brief bio to David Coon ( by August 3. Inquiries are welcome at any time.

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