CFP: FLOW Conference (deadline: 6/11/10)

30 05 2010

Call for Responses
FLOW Conference 2010
September 30-October 2, 2010
The University of Texas at Austin

Deadline for 150-word abstracts: June 11, 2010

Flow Conference 2010 is the 3rd biannual conference for, a
University of Texas at Austin graduate student-run, online academic
journal focusing on television and media culture.

Flow Conference 2010 will resemble traditional academic meetings in
name only: There will be no panels, no papers, and no plenary
sessions. Instead, the event will feature a series of roundtables,
each organized around a compelling question. Respondents are asked to
submit a 150-word abstract addressing one of the roundtable questions
as listed on our conference Web site:

Some roundtable topics include:

Global Television Flows
Virtual World Building
Postfeminist Media Culture
Race and Representation
Twitter and Celebrity
The State of the American Sitcom
TV and the Question of a “Mass Audience”
HBO & History
Comics Across Media
Serialization and Viewership
Media Policy and Scholarship
Online Publishing and Criticism
Song, Sound, and Remix

Visit the conference Web site for a complete list of roundtable
questions in full detail.

We especially encourage responses that address issues of race, class,
gender, sexuality, age, and ability, as well as international

Please e-mail with a 150-word abstract
and the title of the roundtable you are responding to in the subject
of the email by June 11, 2010. Please respond to only one roundtable
topic. Include your full name, e-mail address, and affiliation in your

We will inform participants of acceptance via e-mail by June 28, 2010.
Upon acceptance, respondents will be asked to expand their abstract to
a 600-800 word position paper, due by August 20, 2010.

In an effort to include a wide range of participants (i.e., scholars,
fans, critics, activists, policymakers, industry professionals, etc.),
we encourage wide distribution of this call.

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us at


Congratulations, RTVF graduates!

29 05 2010

RTVF major and TRFT department valedictorian Samantha Horn addresses the graduating class of 2010 at the TRFT Graduation Ceremony on May 28, 2010 in the Hal Todd Theatre.

Samantha has left her mark on the RTVF program through her varied achievements, including both radio broadcasting and scholarly excellence.

We wish her luck as she now pursues an M.A.!

RTVF major presents at Bay Area Undergraduate Communication Research Conference

27 05 2010

Congratulations to RTVF major Kelly Strathmore, who presented research at the Bay Area Undergraduate Communication Research Conference Saturday, April 17, 2010.

The panel of which Kelly was a part was “Mediated Communication in the 21st Century,” and her paper was titled “Exploring Rubin’s Research on Audience Motives for Viewing Television. ”

Kelly’s abstract (summary of her paper) reads:

This paper presents a small-scale replication and examination of Rubin’s research in “Ritualized and Instrumental Television Viewing” (1984). This paper compares his findings with the contemporary television viewing environment, which includes new modes of alternative television viewing opportunities such as the DVR (Digital Video Recorder) and Internet sources.  The findings from this study show the possibility that ritualized television use has increased as a result of the new opportunities for television viewing that have developed since Rubin’s study.

Jointly organized by San Francisco State University, Santa Clara University, San José State University, and University of San Francisco, the Bay Area Undergraduate Research Conference promotes undergraduate research in all areas of Communication Studies. It is a professional, peer-reviewed opportunity for undergraduates to meet and exchange ideas about research and methods of study and analysis.

Dr. Ted Coopman, who encouraged Kelly to apply to the conference with a project she did in his RTVF 173 class, observes that “RTVF should be very proud to have such an accomplished and motivated young scholar.”

CFP: Humanities Conference (deadline: 6/10/10)

27 05 2010


University of California, Los Angeles, USA (29 June – 2 July 2010)

Proposal deadline:  June 10, 2010

The Humanities Conference provides a space for dialogue and for the publication of new knowledge that builds on the past traditions of the humanities whilst setting a renewed agenda for their future.

This year’s conference will feature the following plenary speakers:

* Joyce Appleby, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

* Douglas Kellner, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

* Jodie Parys, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, USA

* David G. Stork, Stanford University, Stanford, USA

* Edward A. Tiryakian, Duke University, Durham, USA

* Tricia Wang, University of California, San Diego, USA

In addition to plenary presentations, the Humanities Conference includes parallel presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We invite you to respond to the conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters submit their written papers for publication in the refereed ‘International Journal of the Humanities’. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available, which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in the journal.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at this conference, we also encourage you to present on the conference YouTube Channel. Please select the Online Sessions link on the conference website for further details.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 10 June 2010. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, are to be found at the conference website –

We also invite you to subscribe to our free, monthly email newsletter, and to our Facebook, RSS or Twitter feeds at

We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you will be able to join us in Los Angeles in June.

Yours Sincerely,

Tom Nairn

Globalism Institute, RMIT University

Melbourne, Australia

For the Advisory Board, International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities and The International Journal of the Humanities

RTVF graduate and major participate in CSU Research Competition

27 05 2010

Congratulations to recent RTVF graduate Joe Salvatore and RTVF major Katie Wright, finalists at the SJSU level in the CSU Student Research Competition on March 11, 2010.

Now doing freelance film work, Joe presented “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall,” a study of users’ perceptions of self in relation to their Second Life avatars.

Katie presented “Armageddon Meets Apocalypse,” an examination of end-of-the-world themed films and whether it’s useful to think about such films as an apocalyptic genre of their own.

Both sets of research emerged out of Spring 2009’s RTVF 173 (Media Theory & Research), taught by Dr. Alison McKee and Dr. Kimb Massey.

Welcome to RTVF Scholarship & Studies

26 05 2010

The RTVF Program at San Jose State University includes an emphasis in scholarly production in film and media studies.

Its faculty and students regularly produce original critical research and are participants in local, state, national, and international conferences and publications.

Among the classes in film and media history, theory and criticism are:

  • RTVF 10: Film as Art
  • RTVF 80: Introduction to Electronic Media
  • RTVF 82: Introduction to Film History
  • RTVF 110: Electronic Media and Culture
  • RTVF 111: Alternative Cinema/International Cinema
  • RTVF 180: Critical Studies and Research in RTVF
  • RTVF 181: Modern Film History
  • RTVF 185: Special Topics in RTVF Studies
  • RTVF 199H: Honors Program

RTVF faculty who teach and/or publish  in film and media studies include:

  • Professor Mike Adams
  • Jay Boekelheide
  • Dr. Ted Coopman
  • Dr. Kimb Massey
  • Dr. Alison McKee
  • Professor Scott Sublett
  • Dr. Drew Todd

Check here often for the latest news of the RTVF Program’s achievements in scholarly production. Get involved in project-based critical thinking and your scholarly community!

RTVF advisors are happy to answer any questions you may have about opportunities for scholarly production. Don’t let fear of the unknown or shyness hold you back!