Conference A Switched-on TV: The arts in the black and white of the cathode ray tube (March 25 to 28, 2015)
Thomas Elsaesser (Universiteit van Amsterdam / Columbia University)
Friday March 27, 2015 - Cinémathèque québécoise
Title of the paper: Turn-key or Turn-off: Rebranding The Arts in a Popular Medium
Abstract: In many ways, representation of the arts on television seems to replay the battle between high culture and popular culture, but it does so with some intriguing twists. Taking the case of Great Britain in the 1960s, the paper tries to track the discourses and debates, which lay the foundations for some of the most successful arts coverage in the 1980s.
Bio: Thomas Elsaesser is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Media and Culture of the University of Amsterdam and since 2013 Visiting Professor at Columbia University. Among his recent books as author are: The Persistence of Hollywood (New York: Routledge, 2012), German Cinema - Terror and Trauma: Cultural Memory Since 1945 (New York: Routledge, 2013) and Film Theory: An Introduction through the Senses (2nd ed; New York: Routledge, 2015, with Malte Hagener).
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