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Call for Authors-Abstracts, Papers

Call for Authors-Abstracts, Papers

Submit: October 2016-January 30, 2017

Television Drama, Melodrama & Social Media Audiences: Examining Gender, Race, Emotion, & Violence

Editors: Diana I. Rios, Univ. of Connecticut, Jaime Gomez, Eastern Conn. State Univ., Ross Buck, Univ. of Connecticut

Book Description: Dramatic and melodramatic programs motivate viewers to engage with powerful characters and flourishing narratives. TV and media series, are available through many platforms and are rife with content that simultaneously shape and support normative expectations about gender roles, sexualities, race, and agents of violence as well as contradict or redirect emotions such as fear, hope and desire. Social media such as Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, etc. provide spaces where audiences can vent. They post their reactions, create character art, pay homage, target frustration at producers, writers, show-runners, and other fans for breaking unspoken trusts, and extend stories about beloved characters through fan fiction micro-blogs. Also, media cross global borders through legacy TV, cable, satellite, apps, and sites. Accessibility to media allows audiences from diverse global locations to become anonymous members of loosely woven, cross-cultural, star-struck, fan groups and even haters of scenes, episodes and story developments.

Abstract: Alone is Acceptable: 300 words max., APA style.
Paper: 20 pp. max., plus refs., no endnotes, no footnotes, APA style.


Why: Because you analyze local or global TV programs and would like to share your insights with the academic world.


Exhibition Announcement: “Napoleon’s Last Stand: 100 Days in 100 Objects”

An online exhibition, curated by the University of Warwick, will provide a new angle on the Battle of Waterloo, whose bicentennial anniversary is commemorated this year.

Launching 23 February 2015, the exhibition will trace Napoleon’s return and defeat by releasing one object for each day of the period known as the ‘100 Days’. Go to to relive the drama of Napoleon’s return day by day.

As part of the backstory already up on the site, you can find out what links Napoleon and Pixerécourt’s 1805 melodrama Robinson Crusoe.