Affect and Pandemic Streaming (ACLA 2022)

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Call for Papers
October 6, 2021 to October 31, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Film and Film History, Contemporary History, Communication

The Pandemic has operated a monumental shift in media production and consumption. Screen time increased and streaming services subscriptions boomed as theaters closed and movie projects were shelved or put on hiatus. While film and television series production did not stop, it certainly adapted to both new industrial rules and viewer moods and psychological needs. This proposed seminar for ACLA 2022 seeks to explore pandemic streaming from an affect theory perspective. Possible topics include:

  • How television series adapted to the pandemic

  • How viewing habits changed throughout the pandemic

  • Lockdowns, viewing habit and tastes

  • Audience response to pandemic-themed content

  • Marketing changes and adaptations

  • Specific affects (boredom, grief)

ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) will take place in person in Taiway June 15-18, 2022. There is a contingency plan to move the conference online. Registration is $195 for faculty, $95 for independent scholars, and $68 for grad students.


Contact Info: 

Andrée Lafontaine

Assistant Professor of Anglophone Literature and Culture

University of Tsukuba