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<nettime-ann> VIEW Journal presents the Hidden Professions of Television

Title: VIEW Journal presents the Hidden Professions of Television
In this newsletter: EUscreenXL presents issue 04 of VIEW Journal
and a call for papers on Television Histories in (Post)Socialist Europe
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VIEW Issue 04: Hidden Professions of Television


We know little about the âbehind the scenesâ of television. The fourth issue of VIEW provides a rich and eclectic series of contributions from which a lot can be learnt about its âhiddenâ professions.

VIEW, the Journal of European Television History and Culture is the first peer-reviewed, multi-media and open access e-journal in the field of
European television history and culture. It offers an international platform for outstanding academic research and archival reflection on television as an important part of our European cultural heritage.

The journal is proud to present its fourth issue:
Hidden Professions of Television has been guest-edited by Andy O'Dwyer and Tim O'Sulivan and is freely available from:

The articles presented here bring under scrutiny the âbehind the scenesâ activities of television and their hidden, often unrecognised and uncelebrated personnel and processes. They engage across a wide range of organisational, administrative and technical activities that have played their understated, often âinvisibleâ part in the historical formation and development of television. We wish you a pleasant and inspiring journey through the Hidden Professions of Television!

Table of Contents

Editorial - Andy O'Dwyer, Tim O'Sulivan


  1. Revealing Television's Analogue Heroes - Vanessa Jackson
  2. Behind the Scenes: Costume Design for Television - Gamze Toylan
  3. Doing it Live! Planning and Preparing for a Live Drama Episode: A Case Study of 'The Bill'; (ITV, 2005) - Joanna MacDonnell
  4. Whatever Happened to Vera? - Jo Henderson


  1. In-Vision Continuity Announcers: Performing an Identity for Early Television in Europe - Sonja de Leeuw, Dana Mustata
  2. Rational Wizards: Audience Interpreters in French Television - JÃrÃme Bourdon, CÃcile MÃadel
  3. An Unknown, but Key Player in the Television Market: The Television Retailer and the Case of Black and White TV Sets in France (1950-1987) - Isabelle Gaillard
  4. Hid(ing) Media Professionals: Constructing and Contesting the 1st AD - Daniel Ashton, Nic Jeune
  5. Invisible Mediations: The Role of Adaptation and Dubbing Professionals in Shaping US TV for Italian Audiences - Luca Barra
  6. Writing Games: Continuity and Change in the Design and Development of Quiz Shows in Italy - Massimo Scaglioni, Axel Fiacco

CfP: Television Histories in (Post)Socialist Europe


VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture Vol. 3, Issue 5, Spring 2014.

Deadline for abstracts: February 1st, 2014.
Deadline for full papers: 15 March, 2014.

While recent comparative and transnational approaches in the field of European television history have demonstrated the need for (post)socialist television histories in Europe, there is currently limited scholarship dedicated to this geopolitical area of television in Europe. This area of study has mostly been relegated to the margins of other disciplines and remained isolated by national languages inaccessible to non-native scholars.

The forthcoming issue of VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture is dedicated to the theme Television Histories in (Post)Socialist Europe. It aims to open up discussions of (post)socialist television in Europe beyond political histories of the nation-state, discourses of Cold War isolation and East-West antagonism. The very broad questions that motivate these aims are:
  • Which empirical case studies help us understand (post)socialist television histories beyond stories of political control?
  • Which primary sources allow us access to television histories that fall outside the mainstream histories of the socialist state?
  • What methods do we need in order to decentralize the state in the production of (post)socialist television histories and analyze television histories that have resisted, subverted or negotiated the politics of communist regimes?
  • How can we theorize (post)socialist television as an object of study that revisits the East versus West dichotomies that have been at the centre of television history in Europe?
  • How do (post)socialist television histories help us revisit the Cold War geography of Europe?
  • How can we understand the shifting place of (post)socialist television within broader societal processes of communication?

VIEW welcomes contributions in the form of short articles (2000-4500 words), video and audio essays that take these broad questions on board and deal specifically with topics such as:
  • empirical case studies that help us understand (post)socialist television histories beyond stories of political control;
  • video and audio essays exploring television archival collections in Eastern Europe;
  • video and audio essays presenting primary sources (e.g. oral interviews, audio-visual and written material) of television in former socialist countries;
  • transnational cultures of (post)socialist television in Europe, namely: shared cultures of television production and professions, shared techno-political cultures of television and shared viewing cultures;
  • memories of socialist television and nostalgia;
  • popular television programmes during and since socialism.
This issue is guest edited by the European (Post)Socialist Television History Network in collaboration with the following guest editorial team:
  • Kirsten BÃnker (Bielefeld University, DE)
  • Sven Grampp (Friedrich-Alexander-UniversitÃt Erlangen-NÃrnberg, DE)
  • Ferenc Hammer (ELTE University, HU)
  • Anikà Imre (University of Southern California, USA)
  • Lars Lundgren (SÃdertÃrn Univerity, SE)
  • Sabina Mihelj (Loughborough University, UK)
  • Dana Mustata (University of Groningen, NL)
  • Julia Obertreis (Friedrich-Alexander-UniversitÃt Erlangen-NÃrnberg, DE)
  • Irena Reifovà (Charles University, CZ)

VIEW is published by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in collaboration with Utrecht University, University of Luxembourg and Royal Holloway University of London. It is supported by the EUscreenXL project, the European Television History Network and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

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