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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Radical Television (Panel #14)

Panel Columnist: Dan Leopard (University of Southern California)
Participants: Eric Paulus (Austin IndyMedia), Karen Beavers (University of Southern California), Ernie Larsen (Media Critic/Fiction Writer), Sherry Millner (College of Staten Island/CUNY), Margo Miller (Northwestern University)
Moderator: David Uskovich (University of Texas at Austin)

Question: What can Television Studies learn from the radical avant-garde? This panel will focus on the relationship between theoretical topics that are current in Television Studies and the kinds of topics that have been the focus of historical avant-gardes in art, literature, and politics. While TV Studies has engaged, through work in British Cultural Studies and Marxist media studies, with the Frankfurt School, Althusser, and Gramsci, much other work that has been central to art theory and visual studies remains distant from core concerns of the field of Television Studies. Theoretical frameworks derived from Anarchists (and their work that informs much of the WTO protests and such), Situationists, Fluxus, the Independent Group, Conceptualism, Underground Film, Yippies, and Arte Povera are possible approaches that could be considered at this roundtable discussion. While the high-low, art-popular cultural divides have generated much discussion from media scholars, many of the ideas of the above movements have been shunted to one side in favor of a seemingly more egalitarian approach to media based on populism. This move from an apparent elitism to an equally apparent populism is also open to debate.

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