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Several televisions stacked on top of each other. Edge Hill University is hosting the annual Critical Studies in Television conference.

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Critical Studies in Television conference to examine industry power dynamics

June 5, 2023

Global experts will descend on Edge Hill University to discuss current trends and topics in the television industry at the Critical Studies in Television conference.

Since 2019, Edge Hill has hosted the annual conference and this year’s edition sees a return to an in-person event spread across three days from 5 to 7 July.

Dr Elke Weissmann, organiser of the Critical Studies in Television conference at Edge Hill University.

“Television is a key medium through which social and cultural power dynamics play out.

“On screen, those productions that cater to already privileged audiences tend to be those allocated the highest budgets. This leaves people from less privileged backgrounds often under- or less well served.  

“In addition, audiences particularly affected by cost of living crises are unlikely to be able to pay for the plethora of subscription services that are thought to currently drive the renewal of television.

“At this year’s Critical Studies in Television conference, we want to examine questions of power in relation to television as a social and cultural form.”

Dr Elke Weissmann

Speakers from across the globe will give insight into representation, audiences, working patterns and many more aspects.

Professor Sarita Malik from Brunel University will present the keynote speech.

Her research examines issues of inequality and culture in shifting sociopolitical, cultural and technological contexts.

Since the 1990s, Professor Malik’s work has made a major contribution to how diversity, social justice and the role of arts and culture are understood through policy and practice, most notably in the film and television sectors.

Publications have spanned topics including ‘race’, representation and diversity in film, public service broadcasting and the cultural industries, racialised terminology in organisational cultures, and she has produced a range of writings on culture and inequality more widely.

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June 5, 2023


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