II International Conference on Discourses of Fictional (Digital) TV Series
Conference Convenors: Carmen Gregori-Signes, Claudia Alonso-Recarte, Miguel Fuster-Márquez, Sergio Maruenda-Bataller
Secretary: Joaquín Primo-Pacheco
We are delighted to announce that the Departament de Filologia Anglesa i Alemanya at the Universitat de València and the Institut Interuniversitari de Llengües Modernes Aplicades de la Comunitat Valenciana (IULMA) will be hosting, on the 19th-21st of October 2022 in Valencia, Spain, the II International Conference on Discourses of Fictional (Digital) TV Series.
This second edition will focus on the representations of Gender and Social Inequality in fictional DTVS narratives and discourses, although we also welcome proposals based on alternative themes and approaches involving the study of TV series.
Much has changed in the portrayal of individual identities, (hetero)normative families, collectivities and societies in television formats ever since the dawning of small-screen entertainment. We have come a long way in mainstream television from the levity of primetime sitcoms and seemingly edgier serials, as shows have gradually assimilated the cultural and political shifts that have imploded the hierarchical binarisms that have for long structured and determined mass consumption of narratives and social status (male/female; heterosexual/homosexual; white/racial ‘other’; wealthy/poor; human/nonhuman animal; able/disabled; young/old; western/non-western; etc.). Given current socio-political and aesthetic discussions on gender and class-based identity politics and inequality, and the impact of transversal movements such as Me Too and Black Lives Matter, we seek to collectively examine the multiple ways through which DTVS contribute to ongoing conversations about discriminatory practices, stereotypes, discourses, and symbolism. DTVS may engage with ideology and systems of oppression (sexism and homophobia, racism, ableism, ageism, speciesism, classism) and their intersecting apparatuses in any number of ways, such as character development, storylines, cinematographic techniques, intertextuality, spaces and settings, scripted dialogues, audio-visual rhetoric, etc.
We invite scholars to approach the cornucopia of DTVS from their own different methodological fields in order to advance discussions on gender and social inequality from a variety of interrelated perspectives. Researchers and educators from fields such as linguistics, cultural and literary studies, television and film studies, gender studies (including women’s studies, LGBTQI+ studies, and masculinity studies), critical race theory, (critical) animal studies, media studies, disability studies, the medical humanities, ageing studies, and performance studies are particularly welcome. We welcome scientifically sound and original contributions which can be empirical, theoretical or practice based. Proposals may focus on one or on as many series as speakers desire. Research (sub)topics may include (but are not limited to):
The Organising Committee
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