Critical Studies in Television Slow Covid-Safe Conference 2021

19 July – 6 August 2021
Online; hosted by
Edge Hill University
Ormskirk, UK

About the Conference

Where to, Television Studies? What directions are there to investigate? What are the themes that are important as the medium morphs and changes? What methodological challenges do these changes pose to Television Studies and what place does television history continue to hold within our discipline?

This conference will be a space where we can come together to set the agenda for television research and education. We therefore invite papers from all disciplines that engage with television and want to contribute to Television Studies as a field. We are particularly interested in papers that offer analyses of the field(s) or methods and ask questions about what research Television Studies should conduct and how we want to teach the subject. We thus invite papers that engage with any of the following or indeed other fields:

  • Television as texts
  • Television industries
  • Television institutions
  • Television histories
  • Television audiences
  • Television as a cultural form
  • Television and convergence
  • Television and identities
  • Television business
  • Television and its relation to the national, local and/or global
  • Methodologies in Television Studies
  • Teaching television
  • Theoretical approaches to television
  • Others

Two round-tables will provide insights into new directions of television research and questions of disciplinarity and television research. In addition, our keynote will examine television, its relation to technology and traditional understandings of the medium.


The conference is supported by the Institute for Social Responsibility

 Institute for Social Responsibility





Confirmed Speakers

Confirmed Speakers:

Kristen WarnerKirsten Warner

Kristen Warner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media at The University of Alabama.  She is the author The Cultural Politics of Colorblind TV Casting (Routledge, 2015). Kristen’s research interests are centred at the juxtaposition of racial representation and its place within the film and television industries as it concerns issues of labour and employment. Her work can be found in academic journals, a host of anthologies and online platforms like the Los Angeles Review of Books and Film Quarterly. 


Gabriel Moreno-EsparzaMoreno-Esparza

Dr Moreno received in September 2009 a PhD by UK-based Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) within the University of Westminster, examining the role of television news in the experiences of immigrant families. In January 2010 he moved to Mexico under the auspices of Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology, as full-time member of the research and teaching staff at Universidad de Guadalajara’s Department of Social Communication Studies (DESC). He then joined Jesuit University of Guadalajara’s (ITESO) Department of Sociocultural Studies (DESO) as lecturer and researcher, before joining Northumbria University where he is now senior lecturer in the Department of Arts.

Gabriel’s teaching experience in the UK dates back to his role as visiting lecturer from January 2006 to November 2009 at the University of Westminster’s School of Media, Arts and Design in Harrow Campus. He has a professional background in journalism, which he practiced for 12 years at various news outlets, including Guadalajara’s quality newspapers Siglo 21 and Publico, and as financial and general news correspondent for Reuters’ news bureau in Mexico City.


Christine GeraghtyChristine Geraghty

Christine is Honorary Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, UK. Her research spans television and film, and she was part of the early researchers looking into soap opera, the experience of which she has documented in several publications. Her books include Women and Soap Opera (1991) and Now a Major Motion Picture: Film Adaptations of Literature and Drama (2008). She is currently researching race and casting.



Brett MillsBrett Mills

Brett Mills is Visiting Professor in Film and Television at Edge Hill University.  His research has focused on the lesser-researched genres of television including Television Sitcom (2008) and Invisible Television (2012). More recently, he has focused on Animals on Television (2017)

And a focused PhD Panel



Format of Conference

As we have speakers from across the world, we are looking to facilitate for as many of us to take part at any one time, but also for people to catch up on content. We are therefore offering a ‘slow conference’. This means we aim for no more than two panels a day, spread out over three weeks (between 19 July and 6 August). We will record all sessions, allowing conference attendees to watch panels at a time that suits them. The panels will be scheduled at different times in the day to allow for the different time zones to be considered. In order to facilitate communication for feedback for presenters, we will use text message-based software.

PDF  (1mb) :  Critical Studies in Television 2021 Slow Conference Programme


Projected Costs

The conference is free.

Contact Info


For any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or Elke directly: [email protected].


The conference is organised by Critical Studies in Television, ECREA Television Studies and the Department of Media and Performing Arts, Edge Hill University.ecrea logo

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