Arts & Humanities Research Institute

Guilty Pleasures 14 – From Downton to Zombies

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This two-day conference will explore several of the most popular trends and directions in television over the past ten years. Focusing on several key genres, as listed below, it will examine the appeal and the politics of the programmes we all enjoy to watch on the small screen but which are not “highbrow” and which may be contentious in terms of academic criticism because of their status as popular culture. Papers will discuss the ways in which contemporary television reflects, makes sense of, or even shapes, our current society and its preoccupations and anxieties: gender politics, economic tensions, and issues around nation, race and religious identity.

You can see a live stream of selected panels throughout Friday’s session- the Keynote speaker is on from 5:15pm on so check back then if you can’t make it.

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