Flow Conference


Location: University of Texas at Austin
Deadline for Abstracts: June 15
Lodging and Transportation information will be posted soon.

The is a series of roundtable discussions with topics created by Flow columnists, organized around the future of television and media culture and scholarship (see titles below).

The goal of the is conversation. There are no plenary sessions and participants are asked to submit short position papers (not full-length essays). We want to promote discussion amongst scholars, members of the media industries, media activists, fans, and policy-makers over crucial issues related to television and media. For more information about the format of the conference, visit the FAQ

Confirmed guests include: Belinda Acosta, John Caldwell, Steve Carr, Barbara Corday, Joy Fuqua, Joel Greenberg, Amelie Hastie, Julia Lesage, Jordan Levin, Amanda Lotz, Marti Noxon, Roberta Pearson, Jeffrey Sconce, Kelly Souders, Wendy West, Joe Wlodoredz, Justin Wyatt.


Below you will find descriptions of the scheduled roundtables. If you would like to join a particular roundtable:

Please submit a 250 word abstract identifying the roundtable in which you want to participate and detailing your response to the topic statement, with a short bio via email. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2006.

Scheduled Roundtables

Television as an Advertising Medium
Chris Anderson, Indiana University

Consumers, Recording, and Playback in the Television and Recording Industries
Tim Anderson, Denison University

Public Sphere, Public Media in an Open Source Age
Patricia Aufderheide, American University

The Uses and Meanings of Television History
Aniko Bodroghkozy, University of Virginia

De-Westernizing Television Studies
Faye Ginsburg, New York University

Watching Television Off-Television
Jonathan Gray, Fordham University; Henry Jenkins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Jason Mittell, Middlebury College; and Will Brooker, Richmond University

Mainstream Television and Alternative TV Practices
Mary Beth Haralovich, University of Arizona

Television's Future and the Role of TV Scholarship
John Hartley, Queensland University of Technology

Technologies of Transport and Communication
James Hay, University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign

Televisual Representations of Gender and Sexuality after Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Heather Hendershot, Brooklyn College, CUNY and Allison McCracken, DePaul University

Selling To and Through Racial Identities on Contemporary Television
L.S. Kim, University of Santa Barbara

Teaching Critical Media Makers
Derek Kompare, Southern Methodist University

Comparative Approaches to Global Television
Shanti Kumar, University of Texas at Austin, and Joseph Straubhaar, University of Texas at Austin

Radical Television
Dan Leopard, University of Southern California

Television and Politics
Daniel Marcus, Goucher College and Douglas Kellner, University of California, Los Angeles

Diversity and Cultural Production Communities
Vicki Mayer, Tulane University and Sharon Ross, Columbia College

Television Studies and Television Policy Regulation
John McMurria, DePaul University

Feminist Television and Feminist Television Studies
Tara McPherson, University of Southern California

HBO's Legacy and Future
Walter Metz, Montana State University, Bosman

Globalizing TV Studies
Toby Miller, University of California, Riverside

Taste and Television
Jason Mittell, Middlebury College

Television as 'Cultural Center' in an Age of Audience Segmentation
Horace Newcomb, University of Georgia

Reality TV, Governmentality, and Citizenship
Laurie Ouellette, Queens College, CUNY and James Hay, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Media Professionals and the Media Studies Degree
Thomas Schatz, University of Texas at Austin

Programming in an Era of Video Abundance
Sharon Strover, University of Texas at Austin

Political Resistance and the Media
Frederick Wasser, Brooklyn College, CUNY