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1. Television's Past, Present and Future
Charlotte Brunsdon, University of Warwick, UK
Charlotte Brunsdon has analysed television and film cultures in books and articles on topics ranging from London in cinema to public debates about the erection of satellite dishes. Her most recent book is a study of G.F.Newman’s controversial 1978 television series about the British criminal justice system, Law and Order and she is currently developing a study of the sites and spaces of British film and television. She first began research on television in the 1970s at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies in Birmingham , and retains an interest in the contested legitimacy of the study of audio-visual media within the academy, first pursued in early research on popular television and books such The Feminist, the Housewife and the Soap Opera. 

Brunsdon

2. Television and the Nation in an Era of Globalization
Graeme Turner, University of Queensland, AUS
Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner is the founding Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies (2000-2012), and one of the leading figures in cultural and media studies in Australia and internationally. His research has covered a wide range of forms and media – literature, film, television, radio, new media, journalism, and popular culture. He has published 23 books with national and international academic presses; the most recent are (with Anna Cristina Pertierra) Locating Television: Zones of Consumption(Routledge, 2013),  What’s Become of Cultural Studies? (Sage, 2012) and Ordinary People and the Media: The Demotic Turn (Sage, 2010). A past president of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2004-2007), an ARC Federation Fellow (2006-2011) and Convenor of the ARC-funded Cultural Research Network (2006-2010), Graeme Turner has had considerable engagement with federal research and higher education policy. He is only the second humanities scholar to serve on the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council. His current research project, with Dr Anna Pertierra, is an ARC funded international comparative study of the social function of television in the post-broadcast digital environment, and he is co-editing (with Dr Jinna Tay and Professor Koichi Iwabuchi) a collection on Asian television histories to be published by Routledge in 2014.

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3. Digital Television
James Bennett, University of London, UK
Dr James Bennett is Reader in Television & Digital Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the co-editor of Television & Digital Media (Duke UP) and his work has been published in Cinema Journal, Screen, Convergence and Celebrity Studies Journal. His research examines digital television and culture, production cultures and public service broadcasting. He recently completed a 2 year AHRC project on 'multiplatforming public service broadcasting, and is currently editing a collection entitled Media Independence (Routledge). In 2014 he will begin an ERC funded project on tapeless workflow. 

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4. Television and Politics
Horace Newcomb, University of Georgia, USA
Horace Newcomb is the former Director of the George Foster Peabody Awards Programs. He has written extensively about television for more than four decades. He is the author of TV: The Most Popular Art, co-author (with Robert S. Alley), of The Producer's Medium, and editor of six editions of Television: The Critical View. He is also editor of The Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Television, a three-volume, 2,000 page reference work containing over 1,000 essays on television related topics.

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5. Television, Text and Identity
Herman Gray, University of California-Santa Cruz, USA
Herman Gray earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz where he is currently a Professor in the Sociology Department. He has published widely in the areas of cultural studies, popular culture, mass communication, and minority discourse, and has written a number of books including Watching Race: Television and the Struggle for Blackness (1995).


  Gray
 
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