Athens, GA – Today, the University of Georgia and Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication announced a research symposium on television studies to take place on April 12, 2013.
After eleven years of service to the University of Georgia, Horace Newcomb, Director of the Peabody Awards and Lambdin Kay Chair for the Peabodys in the Department of Telecommunications announced his plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 academic year. What better way to recognize his contributions throughout his 40+-year career than to take a critical look at the field to which he contributed so much.
Graduate students and faculty from UGA, and other institutions throughout the Southeast and the rest of the country are welcome to attend.
More details and information on how to register will be made available closer to the event.
SYMPOSIUM THEME: “Generation(s) of Television Studies”
It expresses two interlocking ideas concerning television studies, both of which are of equal importance in this symposium.
- When read using the singular form “generation,” the title identifies the importance of not simply understanding a field of scholarly study, but how and in what ways it comes into being. As historians of many scholarly disciplines remind us, scholarly work doesn¹t simply happen. Rather, it is generated by a complex combination of specific people working in specific places, times and situations. Recovering the generation of a field of study–such as, in this case, television studies–helps not only enhance our understanding of the field and its importance. Doing so also helps critically evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, thus helping suggest how to remake it to take better account of television in society.
- When read using the plural form “generations,” the title for this symposium emphasizes how a field of scholarly study changes over time. One can identify different generations of scholars and scholarly work characterized by the ascendency of different kinds of approaches taken and conclusions drawn. Recovering the generations that characterize a field of study–again, in this case, television studies–also enhances our understanding of a field. It adds historical depth and helps us better appreciate the diversity of the field while emphasizing the fact of and the need for a field¹s continual critical re-evaluation, no matter how authoritative any particular approach may be at any single point in time.
PROGRAM: Friday April 12, 2013
9:30-10:45 & 11:00-12:15 – Student-centered small-group research colloquia with symposium presenters
2:30-5:00 – Symposium
(Venue: Special Collections Library Auditorium Room 271)
2:30-2:45 – Welcome; introduction, acknowledgments and thanks
2:45-3:30 – Paper presentations (3)
3:30-3:45 – Break
3:45-4:30 – Paper presentations (3)
4:30-5:00 – Closing comments by Dr. Horace Newcomb
(includes video greetings from additional, former students and colleagues); symposium closing
5:00-7:00 – Reception
(Venue: Special Collections Library, room and hallway adjacent to the Walter J. Brown Media Archives/Peabody Collection)
|Dr. Thomas Schatz, Professor; Mrs. Mary Gibbs Jones Centennial Chair in Communication, Department of Radio/Television/Film, University of Texas at Austin|
|Dr. James Hay, Professor of Media and Cinema Studies, Institute of Communications Research, Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois|
|Dr. David Thorburn, Professor of Literature; Director, MIT Communications Forum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Dr. Amanda Lotz, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan|
|Dr. Jeffrey P. Jones, Associate Professor; Director, Institute of Humanities, Old Dominion University|
|Dr. Alisa Perren, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Georgia State University|
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:
Additional program details and registration information will be forthcoming. Please direct any questions to:
Dr. James F. (Jay) Hamilton
Department of Advertising and Public Relations
Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-3018