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Call for Papers, Conferences, Royal Holloway

Call for Papers: ‘Television Drama: the Forgotten, the Lost and the Neglected’ at Royal Holloway, University of London: Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 April 2015

The conference of the AHRC-funded ‘History of Forgotten Television Drama’ project will be held at Royal Holloway’s Egham campus from Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd April, 2015. Proposals are invited for papers and/or panels on the theme of ‘Television Drama: the Forgotten, the Lost and the Neglected’.

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The project focuses on television fiction produced in the UK from 1946-82, analysing the possible reasons why programmes have become forgotten, and assessing the character and significance of these hidden dramas. Its primary interest is to uncover a ‘lost’ history of forgotten television drama in the UK, producing an alternative history of television drama that adds to knowledge of television history, challenges ideas concerning the television drama ‘canon’ and encourages awareness of the regional diversity of television drama production.

While the project specifically addresses British drama during this period, we will also welcome papers dealing more generally with television historiography and the ‘canon’ as well as analyses of forgotten, lost and neglected dramas from earlier or more recent times and from other national and transnational contexts.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

• Histories and historiographies of forgotten, lost or neglected television drama and their significance for an understanding of conventional accounts of TV drama.

• Case-studies of television dramatists, actors, directors, producers, designers, or other production staff and their forgotten, lost or neglected contributions to television drama.

• Forgotten, lost or neglected forms and genres of television drama (such as educational drama, children’s drama, women’s drama and others).

• The construction of ‘canons’ of television drama and their inclusions and omissions.

• The scheduling and repeating of television, and the programmes that it promotes and disadvantages.

• Television archives and questions of the preservation of, and access to, forgotten programmes.

• Advances and innovations in television drama that went unnoticed or were not continued.

• Untransmitted or unfinished programmes.

• Television drama from neglected regions and smaller television companies.

Proposals for 20-minute papers in the form of a 250-word abstract (or outline of a three-person panel) should be submitted to Dr. Billy Smart (Billy.Smart@rhul.ac.uk) by Thursday 15 January 2015.
Papers delivered at the conference will also be eligible for consideration for a Special Issue of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.

We welcome proposals from both established scholars and early career researchers including postgraduate students (who are eligible to apply for some financial assistance).

‘The History of Forgotten Television Drama’ is an AHRC-funded research project led by the Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London.

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