Attend the Flow Conference!

Date: October 26-29, 2006
Location: University of Texas at Austin
Deadline for Abstracts: June 15
Lodging and Transportation information will be posted soon.

The Flow Conference 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 Flow Conference 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: Ruta Abolins, Belinda Acosta, Megan Boler, Neil Burns, John Caldwell, Steve Carr, Barbara Corday, Dana Cloud, Joy Fuqua, Joel Greenberg, Amelie Hastie, Timothy Havens, Vamsee Juluri, Chuck Kleinhans, Andy Langer, Julia Lesage, Jordan Levin, Amanda Lotz, Eileen Meehan, Marti Noxon, Roberta Pearson, Jeffrey Sconce, Kelly Souders, Sera Tinnic, 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.

If you are interested in more than one roundtable, please include the following in your submission: identify the primary roundtable that you would like to join and compose a 250 word response to the topic. In addition, include a list of alternate roundtables that you would be interested in joining and a brief description of the contribution that you would make to those discussions. Though conference guests are welcome to attend all roundtables, most participants will be able to be an official member of one roundtable panel.

Scheduled Roundtables (click title for full description)

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 California, Santa Cruz

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


  • Steven Kapoloma

    TV, PR and NewTechologies


    In Malawi, these new technologies are just emerging and have with them the inetivatble excitiment of consumers, PR is one that is being used to a great deal.

    I wish this was one of roundtable discussions. I am myself a PR for a revenue collection agency and look forward to how others are using this new tech and PR practices.


  • wish I could be there ..

    It sounds like an exciting event but, short of winning lotto, I don’t think I can be there. It costs an arm and a leg, and then another arm, to fly from so far South. My best wishes to all those going and I will keep a close eye on events (so many body parts!)

    Good to see John Hartley on the programme.

    Geoff Lealand (University of Waikato, New Zealand)

  • Please visit our Conference Issue, with post-event columns and discussion.

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