Archives par mot-clé : Television studies

Colloque : les musiques de séries TV, 30-31 mai, Nantes

Colloque international francophone : Les musiques de séries télévisées

jeudi 30 et vendredi 31 Mai 2013, Université de Nantes !

Une manifestation de deux jours consacrée à la musique de séries télévisées réunira à Nantes les 30 et 31 mai 2013 des universitaires et des professionnels. Si la valeur artistique des séries est désormais reconnue, personne ne s’est encore penché sur leurs musiques, qui participent pourtant pleinement à l’originalité et à l’intensité de ces œuvres audiovisuelles. Il nous semble important de commencer à explorer ce passionnant champ de recherche, alors que les travaux sur la musique au cinéma, eux, se multiplient. A travers des communications de chercheurs, certains de renom international (Philipp Tagg, Jean-Pierre Esquenazi), et des tables rondes confrontant au minimum un compositeur et un producteur de séries télévisées, nous chercherons à comprendre les enjeux esthétiques spécifiquement musicaux posés par les séries. les enjeux esthétiques des musiques soulevées dans des séries télévisées.

International Colloquium about televisions series’ music

30 and 31 may 2013 at the University of Nantes.

A two-day event devoted to the music of television series will gathering academics and professionals in Nantes on 30 and 31 May 2013 . If the artistic value of the series is now recognized, nobody has yet considered their music. However it participate fully in the originality and intensity of audiovisual works. It seems important to start exploring this exciting field of research, while work on music in cinema are multiplying. Through communications researchers, some internationally recognized (Philip Tagg, Jean-Pierre Esquenazi), but also with round tables where will confront at least a composer and producer of television series, we will try to understand the aesthetic issues raised from music in television series.

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Call for paper, The Other Western, Transformations

Call for papers : TRANSFORMATIONS, Issue 24

The Other Western

This issue of Transformations seeks submissions from scholars in film and related fields concerning the ‘other’ Western. The ‘other’ Western is the possibilities implied by the Western itself, and how these possibilities might lead in other directions, other pathways. From its beginnings in the silent era, the film Western has always been at the forefront of innovations in cinematography, mise-en-scene, film style and the development of techniques of narration and characterisation. For Jim Kitses, the genre of the Western is a vital structure through which flow a myriad of themes and concepts. As such the genre can provide filmmakers with a range of possible connections and the space in which to experiment, to shape and define the kinds of effects and meanings they are working towards. (Kitses, Horizons West, New Edition, 2004, p. 10)

The classical Western has been at the centre of the mythologizing of the American project: the taming and conquering of the frontier and the justification of the colonial will against indigenous peoples. The violence of Westerns poses questions concerning the right of land ownership in laws and principles embodied in certain character types and events, reaching into broader issues of politics and identity, and the paradoxes of freedom, individuality and the destiny of peoples beginning to emerge in modern, industrializing new world formations. In this issue we are looking for readings that challenge, re-appraise and subvert this classical position, either by examining the classical Western itself – its hidden contours, narrative aporias and excessive mise-en-scene for instance – or by looking at other ways in which the Western genre and formats have been, and continue to be used in different cultures and social terrains.

Some possible focal points include:

  • Modifications to the Western as a hybrid form;
  • The Western as a global or world cinema phenomenon;
  • New media experimentation with the Western format;
  • Silent era Westerns and questions of the archive;
  • Historical re-readings of the Western: its meanings, themes and cinematic innovation;
  • The politics of the Western: challenging founding myths and stories;
  • Race and the Western: revisions;
  • A re-appraisal of the feminine in the Western;
  • The Western mise-en-scene: counter-images;
  • The Western writes back: responses to the Western from the margins;
  • New readings of violence in the Western.

We are seeking abstracts of no more than 500 words in the first instance, setting out the focus, general argument and conceptual terrain, as well as the films, television, new media or other textualisations of the Western you will be addressing.

Abstracts due: 1 June, 2013
Authors Notified: 15 June 2013
Papers due: 15 September 2013
Please send abstracts and any other correspondence to either Grayson Cooke or Warwick Mules at the following email addresses:

For submission guidelines and to view Transformations online go to:

Call for papers : Women Screenwriters : An international Guide

Shonda Rhimes (creator of Grey’s Anatomy)

Women Screenwriters : An international Guide – call for contributors

Jule Selbo (California Fullerton) and Jill Nelmes (UEL) are editing a major work which will reference and discuss women screenwriters from different nations and is to be published by Palgrave in 2014.

The book will contain entries for each country and its women screenwriters. The length of each entry will be variable, depending on the country, the screenwriter and the information available. At present we have many countries covered –from Angola to the US – but more entries are needed, especially in the following areas:

  • Asia
  • Baltic States
  • Canada
  • China
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Middle East
  • Other European Countries
  • Russia
  • African countries
  • South Africa
  • South American countries

The above list is by no means comprehensive but these are countries where we either have no contributors or are short on detail.

Please contact either jill nelmes ( or jule selbo ( if you would like more information or are interested in contributing.