CFP for Panel: Teen TV Comes of Age (Console-ing Passions Conference, June 2016)

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Call for Papers
January 5, 2016
Indiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Film and Film History, Journalism and Media Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

CFP: Console-ing Passions Conference

Panel: Teen TV Comes of Age: Industry and Representation in Young Adult Television

Console-ing Passions: International Conference on Television, Audio, New Media, and Feminism

Date: June 16-17, 2016

Location: University of Notre Dame

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In recent years, there has been a rise in popular, critically acclaimed teen-oriented dramas on specialized cable and broadcast networks that address important social issues like sexual orientation, gender identity, and ethnic affiliation. However, there has been a recent dearth of scholarship on emerging teen television, perhaps because the genre is deemed too ephemeral or consumer-driven to create real social change. This panel aims to interrogate teen programming through case studies in order to expand the scholarship of teen TV to include emerging television discourses like industry studies, questions of representation network branding, and reception studies.

This panel on Teen TV is looking to include two additional panelists. The panel is broadly conceived and encourages submissions relating to any aspects of young adult television. When proposing topics, consider the breadth of intersections between modes of representation, genre, industrial practices including branding strategies and audience reception.

The following is a list of topics to consider, though other topics are more than welcome:

CW, ABC Family, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney, and other producers of teen television

Branding strategies and ancillary markets for youth consumption

Alternate viewing/consumption platforms

Issues of accessibility

Media convergence

Broadcast TV vs. cable/pay TV networks

Issues of race, class, gender and sexuality in young adult television

Coming-of-Age narratives and the transition to adulthood

Family-oriented television

The aesthetic elements of teen television

Teen TV’s reception and place among other genres of television

Please submit a 300-word proposal and a brief author biography to Katherine Lehman ( and Robert Sevenich ( by January 5th, 2016. Decisions will be communicated by January 15th, 2016.

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Katherine J. Lehman, Associate Professor of Communications, Albright College

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