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VIEW Journal Call for Papers on Race and Europe’s TV Histories

VIEW Journal for European Television History & Culture; published by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in collaboration with Utrecht University, Royal Holloway University of London, and University of Luxembourg
VIEW Journal for European Television History & Culture

Discussions of race have been central to television studies in the United States for decades. At the same time, race as an operative concept has been scarce in the histories of television outside the US. In Europe in particular, apart from the British context, race has been nearly invisible in academic engagements with television, despite the fact that television has been instrumental in postwar, postcolonial generations’ processing of traumatic, racialized histories and internalization of racial epistemologies. The transparency of normative whiteness and the indispensability of race as a category have become undeniable in the past decades marked by the end of the Cold War, global economic recession, nationalist retrenchment, mass refugee flows, anti-immigrant mobilization, Brexit and the consolidation of illiberal regimes of competitive authoritarianism in Eastern Europe. These developments have recently energized a renewed interest in the workings of race and racism across the disciplines in postcolonial and postsocialist Europe, and awakened long-dormant questions as to why and how race has been effaced or replaced by alternative categories such as ethnicity, nationality and religion.

This special issue will begin the work of documenting and understanding the many ways in which television has both perpetuated and critically interrogated racialized regimes in Europe and in European countries’ ongoing relationships to their postcolonial geopolitical spheres.

We welcome proposals that explore how postwar television in Europe has naturalized, confirmed and challenged racial categories and racialized relations in the course of the medium’s history, including its extended, postcolonial dimensions. We are interested in any work at the crossroads of race and television, both historical and contemporary, including areas such as aesthetics, representation, genre, labor, industry, marketing, advertising and reception. Those contributors engaging with issues of nation, region, ethnicity and culture are encouraged to situate/emphasize/explore the relation with race in their proposals.

Possible directions include:

Representing racialized histories and racial encounters in European broadcasting

The normalization of whiteness in and on European TV

Race in fictional and current affairs programming

Reality TV/ documentary programming’s engagement with multiculturalism and race

TV’s migration crisis

Sports programming and race

Race and multiculturalism in the history of advertising

Race and/in comedy

East-West (Europe) differences in TV’s approaches to race

The impact of American engagements with race and diversity in European TV

Romani (on) TV

Race, TV and the “War on Terror”

Race, fake news, propaganda

Race and nationalism in national broadcasting

Streaming, quality drama and the localization of racial categories

TV and the Holocaust

Intersectional approaches to race

Racialized reception histories

Race and labor in the TV industries

Racial policies: public broadcasting, EU policies

Color-blind casting

News anchors as representatives of racialized publics

The roles of film stock and video technologies in representing people of color

Meghan and Harry

-- Practical information and timeline --

Contributions are encouraged from authors with different kinds of expertise and interests in media studies, television and media history.

Article proposals (max. 500 words) are due on June 1, 2020. Submissions should be sent to the managing editor through email (journal [at] euscreen.eu). A notice of acceptance of abstracts will be sent to selected authors by mid-July 2020.

Articles (between 3,000 – 6,000 words) will be due on November 2, 2020. Longer articles are welcome, provided that they comply with the journal’s author guidelines (https://www.viewjournal.eu/about/submissions/).

All articles will be peer-reviewed. The issue will be published in fall 2021.

For further information or questions about the issue, please contact its co-editors Aniko Imre (imre [at] usc.edu) and Sudeep Dasgupta (malchum [at] gmail.com).

-- About VIEW Journal --

See www.viewjournal.eu for the current and back issues. VIEW is supported by the EUscreen Network and published by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in collaboration with Utrecht University, Royal Holloway University of London, and University of Luxembourg. VIEW is proud to be an open access journal. All articles are indexed through the Directory of Open Access Journals, the EBSCO Film and Television Index, Paperity and NARCIS.


Aniko Imre imre@usc.edu and
Sudeep Dasgupta malchum@gmail.com

VIEW Journal Call for Papers on Race and Europe’s TV Histories, 01.06.2020 Hilversum, in: H-Soz-Kult, 27.03.2020, <www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-42806>.