CFP: Acting on Television – Analytical Methods and Approaches: An International One-Day Symposium

Printable version Wednesday 07 October 2015 Last updated at 17:37

We are pleased to announce that Fraser Ayres will be a Keynote  speaker at Acting on TV symposium (subject to work commitments). Fraser  Ayres is an award-winning actor whose work for television includes The  Smoking Room (BBC), Casualty (BBC), Waterloo Road (BBC), Midsomer  Murders (ITV), The Bible (History) and A.D.: The Bible Continues (NBC).  He also produces, writes and directs, and is co-founder and managing  director of TriForce, a production company promotion diversity in the UK  entertainment industry.
He will join confirmed Keynote speaker Prof. Jonathan Bignell, distinguished researcher in Television Studies.
The deadline for proposal submission is 30th October. A reminder of the CFP is below:
Call for Papers
Acting on Television – Analytical Methods and Approaches: An International One-Day Symposium
organized as part of the tenth anniversary celebrations for Critical Studies in Television
Friday 8 April 2016, University of Reading
Scholarship  on television and acting is a burgeoning field, both in the Anglophone  world and internationally. This is important, not only because acting is  central to the appeal of TV drama in all its forms, but also because  the methodological strengths of television studies as a discipline can  help meaningful engagement with acting. Television studies’ diverse and  inter-disciplinary approaches have, for example, moved the field beyond  the long-standing focus on stars, and towards considering the labour and  creative agency of ‘regular’ working actors.
This symposium  aims to take stock of past and present achievements, and to look ahead  to the remaining challenges for critical reflection on television and  acting. We welcome proposals for papers, panels and flash panels on all  aspects of television and acting, including:
•          Acting as creative agency and aesthetic achievement
•          Acting as labour and industrial product
•          Acting and the vexed issue of precise critical vocabulary
•          Acting and the contexts of training, rehearsal and process
•          Acting and risk and/or failure
•          Acting and cultures of production and/or reception
•          Acting and the significance of (developments in) technology and/or genre
•          Acting and history/historiography
•          Acting and professional working relationships and collaborative networks
•          Acting and scholarly methodology and/or disciplinary traditions
•          Acting and the politics of representation, on- and off-screen
•          Acting and the social and cultural background of actors
•          Acting across the boundaries of nation and/or medium
Individual  case studies are welcome, especially those that seek to engage with  wider questions and issues.  We particularly welcome contributions that  compare UK television acting with that of other TV cultures, and/or  engage with non-Anglophone traditions of drama and acting.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Professor Jonathan Bignell, University of Reading
Fraser Ayres, Actor
Proposal Submissions
Please  submit a title and max. 300-word abstract along with institutional  affiliation and max. 150-word bio, or a panel proposal (minimum 3  speakers, 300 word panel rationale plus 300 words per paper abstract)  to:  by the 30th October 2015.
Selected papers will be considered for publication at a special issue of Critical Studies in Television.
Symposium Team
Dr Simone Knox, University of Reading
Professor Stephen Lacey, University of South Wales
Dr Tonia Kazakopoulou, University of Reading
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