1 October 2009
Television Archives: Accessing TV History
Critical Studies in Television: Scholarly Studies in Small Screen Fictions
Issue Editors: Lez Cooke and Robin Nelson
The current research picture would seem to have an upside and a downside for television researchers. On the upside, digital technologies promise to make archive material readily accessible to many more people than hitherto. The aims of organisations such as the BBC and BFI to digitise and disseminate their substantial holdings would appear to afford great opportunities to researchers. The use historically made by television scholars of the valuable resources of the BBC Written Archives Centre and the BFI’s National Film and Television Archive will be considerably extended if digital plans are realised.
However, there is a downside in that the holdings of other archives and libraries - e.g. regional archives, the film and video libraries of the regional ITV companies - are often patchy and/or inaccessible. Furthermore, although valuable research has been done on television history in recent years, it has become increasingly difficult to get such work into print as publishers focus on books about contemporary television at the expense of scholarly research into TV history.
In this context, Critical Studies in Television is planning a special issue on television archives and the opportunities and problems of accessing and publishing TV history in order to explore these issues. Contributions are welcome on any aspect of television archives including, but not limited to, the following:
Contributions are invited from television researchers and teachers, curators and others interested in the past, present and future of television archives and related issues of accessing TV history. Articles will normally be 4000-6000 words in length, but proposals for shorter or longer articles will be considered.
Completed articles will have a submission deadline of 31 March 2010, for publication in Autumn 2010.
Prof. Robin Nelson
Department of Contemporary Arts
Manchester Metropolitan University
Crewe Green Road