Call For Papers – Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television

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CFP: Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television

Proposals are sought for a edited collection on the BBC Wales programme Torchwood (2006-) . Entitled Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television, the collection is to be published by I.B.Tauris in their long-established Investigating Cult TV series.

Building on a recent one-day symposium, held at the University of Glamorgan, the collection seeks to examine the show from a range of perspectives, given the current production of the show’s fourth series.  The collection allows examination of both the specifics of the show itself (e.g. through the television show, the audio dramas, audience texts such as fan fiction) and wider debates within Television Studies surrounding representation, identity, genre, institutions and audiences.
Chapters on a range of topics have already been secured but further contributions are sought with chapters on the following issues being of particular interest:

•    Representations of horror and/or science-fiction within Torchwood
•    The production of the BBC radio plays
•    Torchwood’s multi-platforming and ancillary texts (e.g. novelisations, magazines, reviews, DVDs, website etc.)
•    The globalisation/international appeal of the show and its new direction as a co-production between BBC Wales, BBC Worldwide, and the US network Starz
•    Torchwood ‘anti-fandom’ (e.g. fans of Doctor Who that dislike Torchwood, Torchwood fans who dislike John Barrowman)

When submitting proposals please bear in mind that awareness and discussion of Torchwood’s status as a cult and/or mainstream television show will be expected, even if this is not the main topic of your proposed chapter.

Please submit proposals of no more than 250 words, along with a 200 word author biography to Dr. Rebecca Williams by 1 April 2011. It is anticipated that full papers will be submitted at the end of 2011, to allow authors to consider the fourth series of the show.

JM FreyCall For Papers – Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television