Accompanying the major exhibition 'The Story of Children's Television, 1946 to the Present Day', a collaboration between the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and the University of Warwick, Dr. Helen Wheatley and Dr. Rachel Moseley (Warwick) and Dr. Amy Holdsworth (Glasgow) invite you to submit 250 word abstracts on the subject of children's television for a two-day, international conference. 

This conference seeks to combine discussion of the history of children's programming with analysis and reflection on the current landscape of children's television and its future. The conference wishes to acknowledge and analyse the significance of children's programming in the broader context of television production, and to discuss its production as both a creative process and a business enterprise. It invites reflection on the place of children's television in the broader history of the medium, and in relation to notions of cultural heritage, collective remembering and nostalgia. It also offers a space for scholars to consider the impact of change on the production and circulation of children's television, and for discussion about viewing practices and the particular issues raised by studying the child viewer. Our keynote speakers include Professor Dafna Lemish (Southern Illinois University) and Professor Karen Lury (University of Glasgow). We are also assembling an exciting panel of people working in the field of children's television at the moment including Jenny Buckland (Australian Children's Media Foundation), Sara Harkins (BBC Scotland), and Estelle Hughes (Rooby Doo Media, ex-head of CITV).

We are particularly interested in receiving proposals on the following areas:

  • The history of children's television and the relationship of that history to present and future children's programming
  • Key figures in the field of children's television production and their works
  • The national specificity of children's television and/or the role that children's television in the construction of national identity
  • Work on memory, nostalgia and/or the idea of cultural heritage as it relates to children's television
  • The relationship between children's television and other media
  • The impact of new production technologies or new delivery platforms on children's television
  • Work on specific genres on children's programming
  • The marketing and merchandising of children's television
  • Reception studies of children's viewing
  • Analyses of the production of children's television
  • The 'address' of children's television and the child viewer as citizen and/or consumer
  • The past, present and future of public service broadcasting as it relates to children's television

The conference will be jointly held at the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK and the Herbert Art Gallery, 6-7 July 2015. Abstracts of 250 words in length should be sent to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! by the 28th of February 2015.

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