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Call for Papers: ‘Spaces of Television: Production, Site and Style’, University of Reading: Wednesday 18 – Friday 20 September 2013

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The culminating conference arising from the AHRC ‘Spaces of Television’ project will be held at the University of Reading from Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th September, 2013. Proposals are invited for papers and/or panels on the theme of ‘Spaces of Television: Production, Site and Style’. The project is about television fiction produced in the UK from 1955-94. It analyses how the material spaces of production (in TV studios and on location) conditioned the aesthetic forms of programmes. We are interested in how fictional spaces represented on the screen across a range of drama during this period negotiated the opportunities and constraints of studio and exterior space, film and video technologies, and live-ness and recording.

While we particularly welcome papers that specifically address British TV drama during this period, we will also consider comparative perspectives concerning dramas from other television industries, import/export, transnational exchange, co-productions and spatially-themed studies of earlier or later dramas.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

The institutional and aesthetic relationships between the spaces of television production (studio, location) and dramas’ social, political and cultural meanings.

Histories and historiographies of television drama, particularly relating to production strategies and institutional contexts.

The social and cultural meanings of the spaces depicted in television drama: e.g. heritage spaces, the urban and the rural, regional, national and foreign spaces, fantasy spaces.

Case studies of television dramatists, actors, directors, producers, designers, or other production staff focusing on mise-en-scene and issues of space.

The relationship between television dramatic space and performance, and the social and cultural meanings of performance in different spatial and aesthetic contexts.

Analysis of the dramatic conventions of television genres and their realisation through the use of space and mise-en-scene.

The spatial significance of particular production techniques and/or special effects in television drama.

Proposals for 20 minute papers in the form of a 250 word abstract (or outline of a three person panel) should be submitted to Dr Billy Smart ([email protected]) by Friday 25 January 2013.

We welcome proposals from both established scholars and early career researchers including postgraduate students.
‘Spaces of Television’ is an AHRC-funded research project led by the University of Reading in collaboration with the University of Leicester and the University of Glamorgan.
Further details of the project can be found at:

[email protected]

Entries are now being accepted for the BAFTA in Scotland New Talent Awards.
The New Talent Awards will take place on Thursday 21 March 2013. The closing date for entries is Monday 14 January 2013. All categories are judged by juries made up of industry professionals and experts.
Before submitting please ensure you have read the eligibility criteria for all categories. To download an entry form and for more information, please visit:,3575,BA.html
If you have any specific queries please contact: Jenna Cunningham [email protected] or Sharon Grogans [email protected]

Acting Performance
Open to first time or student actors for a single performance in a film or programme.
Open to first time or student animated works of any length.
Director of Photography
Open to students or people working for the first time in the role of DOP for a film, programme, or other eligible work of any genre.
Open to first time or student factual films/programmes of any duration.
Open to first time or student narrative films/programmes of any duration.
Open to students or people working for the first time in the role of Editor for a film, programme, or other eligible work of any genre.
Open to comedy/entertainment/music and formatted programmes.
Open to interactive games in any format. The key developers must all be students or working for the first time in their respective roles.
Original Music
Open to first time or student composers for music written specifically for a film, programme, game or other eligible work of any genre or length.
Sound Design
Open to students or people working for the first time in the role of Sound Designer for a film, programme, or other eligible work of any genre or length.
Open to first time or student writers for a narrative film or programme of any duration.
All categories: if there are fewer than six entries in a particular category then those entries will not be considered for this year’s awards but carried over for consideration next year.

UWS Contemporary Screen Acting Graduate Eileen Frater is looking for a sound recordist for a week long community educatioanal video doc. shoot in North Lanarkshire commencing 16th January. This is a paid post and therefore requires a high degree of competence in sound recording for video.
If you are interested, please email Eileen at
[email protected]

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