FLOW 2018: Call for Questions

Precarity, Preservation, Praxis

The 2018 Flow conference will be held September 27-29, 2018. At the 2016 conference, we celebrated Flow’s 10th anniversary by looking back to consider the changes in television and new media over the last decade. This year, we want to extend that line of thinking and consider how we preserve, consume, and create the media of the past, present, and future.

Flow has encouraged scholars to identify and engage with historical and contemporary trends and developments within media culture. Continuing this proud tradition, the conference welcomes questions addressing key issues on the changing landscape of television and new media studies. With the casualization of labor and the instability of the job market, precarity has become an increasingly pressing issue for both the media industries and the academy. Equally precarious is the state of preservation, as the production and circulation of media content outstrips the resources and workforce assigned to preserve it. Woven throughout and between precarity and preservation is praxis, the ways in which labor, strategy, and skill are marshalled to combat these threats in the industry and in academia. As such, this year’s conference focuses on the intersections of and flows between precarity, preservation, and praxis.

We especially welcome questions that will generate conversation around the following topics:

  • Access & archives
  • Authorship & authority
  • History & materiality
  • Labor & compensation
  • Pedagogy & praxis
  • Policy & politics
  • Identity & nationality
  • Transcultural flows & borders
  • Precarity & professionalization
  • Technology & ephemerality

Each year, we request that participants send in questions that engage the topics above, as well as those we may have overlooked. Once selected, the questions will be posed to the Flow community for responses. Based on those responses, we will select panelists for each question and invite them to prepare position papers to be posted online and discussed at the conference. Please submit questions via this Google Form and contact us at FlowConference2018[at]gmail.com if you experience any issues.

For examples of previous questions, please review questions posed for Flow 2016.

Questions must be submitted by Friday, February 23, 2018.