116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Television Studies I

Session Chair: 
Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Session 3: Saturday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 152
Topic Area: 


  1. Kristin Brunnemer, Pierce College
    Beyond the economic and nostalgia factors often indicated for the return—sometimes decades later—of popular shows to television, this paper explores the socio-political motivations for these program relaunches, examining how the characters’ changing or unchanging situations reveal more about the static nature of American society and culture today.  
  2. Ron Milland, Independent Scholar
    There is an often unacknowledged correlation between television and the Anthropocene.  This paper will foreground the more dominant facets of this creatively destructive moment, and culminate in contemplations on the possible role of television in the post-Anthropocene.
  3. Stephanie Gibbons, University of Washington - Seattle
    This paper argues that the A.I. Hosts of the HBO series Westwrold perform emotionally manipulative, (what I am calling) digital affect as an affective labor for the gratification of human guests of the Westworld theme park. I suggest the digital affect in the series calls into question our conceptions of valid affects, consciousness, and lived experiences.
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