The Centre was very excited to welcome the Canadian television historians Jennifer Vanderburgh and Andrew Burke as our IAS Visiting International Fellows in July 2019. Jen and Andrew were involved in a range of activities during their stay:
Tuesday 2ndJuly: Public Lecture (at Theatre Absolute’s Shopfront Theatre): Jennifer Vanderburgh – ‘What VHS Remembers: Activating Obsolescence for the Future of TV Heritage’ 4.30-6.30 (5pm start for the lecture)
Thursday 4thJuly: Film and Television Studies Research Seminar (Millburn House): Jennifer Vanderburgh – ‘Thinking Television Through the City: The City (Not the Nation) as a Framework for Television Studies’ 5pm – A0.28
Friday 5thJuly: Centre for Television Histories Workshop (G50, Millburn House): Community Engagement and the Television Archive. This Workshop brought together scholars, archivists and other interested parties from around the UK to discuss the possibilities of archive crowdsourcing, the citizen archivist, and models of community engagement (including the involvement of marginalised and disenfranchised communities in curation, archives, and historical research). You can read our Research Assistant Katie Crosson's blog about the day here.
Monday 8thJuly: Bid Writing Discussion Group: We met to work together on an AHRC Network Bid. This bid responds in part to aspects of the recent call for funding for UK-US Collaborations in in Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions (https://ahrc.ukri.org/funding/apply-for-funding/current-opportunities/research-networking-highlight-notice-for-uk-us-collaborations-in-digital-scholarship-in-cultural-institutions/).The purpose of this is to put an international network together to look at media histories in this context, getting archives/museums and academics together to think about how we might engage communities in the work of curating, researching and archiving televisual histories. IAS Seminar Room, 12-4pm
Tuesday 9thJuly:Public Lecture (at Theatre Absolute’s Shopfront Theatre): Andrew Burke – ‘From Public Service Announcements to Sign-Off Sequences: Television, Archives, Memory, and Nostalgia’4.30-6.30 (5pm start for the lecture)
Wednesday 10thJuly: Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies Research Seminar (Millburn House): Andrew Burke – ‘Cinema and the Object World of Modernity’ G50 11-1pm to include a lunch
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Kristyn Gorton and Joanne Garde-Hansen's Remembering British Television: Audience, Archive and Industry (Bloomsbury, 2019) launches
This original book asks how, in an age of convergence, when 'television' no longer means a box in the corner of the living room that we sit and watch together, do we remember television of the past? How do we gather and archive our memories? Kristyn Gordon and Joanne Garde-Hansen explore these questions through first person interviews with tv producers, curators and archivists, and case studies of popular television series and fan communities such as Cold Feetand Doctor Who. Their discussion takes in museum exhibitions, popular televison nostalgia programming and 'vintage' tv websites.