Console-ing Passions 2012 CFP: “‘I Want my Paranormal TV’: Negotiations with the Dead (and Undead) on the Small Screen”
Just wrote the CFP for my Console-ing Passions 2012 panel. We’ll be in Boston. If you have work that you think might make a tasty contribution, post a comment or contact me through the blog (I don’t want to put up my .edu address).
Will provide a more substantive update in the next week or so. Grievously busy. Spending today on job market materials and lesson planning and writing a snappy one-paragraph bio of myself for “Diabolique” (my article on Eastern European horror cinema will run in their November/December issue, and I’ll be appearing on a podcast to discuss my article sometime soon; will post details when I have them).
“I Want my Paranormal TV”: Negotiations with the Dead (and Undead) on the Small Screen
Annette Hill, in Paranormal Media: Audiences, Spirits and Magic in Popular Culture, observes that in recent years, paranormal beliefs have entered the mainstream. Indeed, the past decade has reflected this proliferation across media, from paranormal romance fiction (in the form of the Twilight series and its many imitators) to a resurgence in the paranormal horror film, witnessed in the success of such films as Paranormal Activity (Oren Peli, 2007) and Insidious (James Wan, 2011). However, television has proven a particularly beneficial medium for paranormal narratives and negotiations of belief, particularly (but not limited to) dramas (True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, The Walking Dead) and reality television (Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State). As a panel, “I Want my Paranormal TV” investigates the unique relationship between television and the paranormal, as well as its connections to the horror genre and the possibilities it offers in terms of narrative, genre, representation, aesthetics, and more.
Please note that at this early stage, I am intentionally keeping this CFP rather broad in scope in order to encourage a diverse series of submissions. Upon the review of submitted abstracts, I will refine the panel rationale based on panelist interests and approaches.
Possible topics/approaches to paranormal television may include:
- Intersections between horror and melodrama
- Generic hybridity
- Representations of gender and sexuality
- Representations of social class and race, including whiteness
- Convergences between the horror genre and reality TV, particularly its imperatives of surveillance
- Reception/audience studies
- Relationship between the paranormal and television as a medium/apparatus
- Historical approaches (previous manifestations of the paranormal on TV)