Symposium – Television History, the Peabody Archives, and Cultural Memory

The Peabody Archives is a unique collection of media history, housing over 90,000 programs submitted to the Peabody Awards since its inception in 1941. What makes the collection exceptional is the breadth of stories through which their contributors have made a claim for historical significance. Items from local broadcasters, in particular, carry specialvalue due to their rareness (Peabody houses the only remaining copies), as well as the fact that local broadcasters were much more active in telling local stories through original programming several decades ago. As such, the Archives is a distinctive repository of cultural memory that challenges our understanding of who and what we are as a nation and what we think we know about television and its role in recent American history.The Symposium is the second of a two-part conference, and the culmination of acollaborative research initiative based on the Archives and its holdings.Distinguished television studies scholars from across the country will present new research to expand current understandings of American cultural history as seen on TV, and offer a wide range of critical perspectives on what Peabody Awards submissions have to teach us. Some of the topics include: what makes “quality television”\; the celebration of our nation’s bicentennial\; representations of homosexuality\; early medical television journalism\; conceptions of blackness\; fake news\; and the War on Drugs. Thescholars’ findings will be the start of a new series on Television History produced by the University of Georgia Press.All UGA faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to by September 30, 2016.This event is generously supported by the UGA Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Georgia Libraries, Willson Center for Humanities & Arts, Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication, and University of Georgia Press. Symposium ScheduleFRIDAY, OCTOBER 288:30am – 9:30am Coffee & Opening Discussion9:30am – 12:00pm The Peabody Archive and the Presentation and Production of TV HistoryThe Archive and The Index: Situational Historiography in the Early Years of Television – Dr. Mark Williams, Dartmouth CollegeSupporting Materials That Matter: Paratextual Value in the Peabody Archives – Dr. Jonathan Gray, University of Wisconsin – MadisonThe PeabodyArchive and the Production of American Media History – Dr. Derek Kompare, Southern Methodist UniversityDiscourses of Excellence: What Peabody Awards Submissions Teach Us About “Quality Television” – Dr. Jason Mittell, Middlebury College12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch1:30pm – 4:00pm Media Citizens: City, Region, Nation, WorldAggregating Aspirations: What Peabody’s Submissions Metadata Tells Us About Local TV History – Dr. Eric Hoyt, University of Wisconsin – MadisonStrikes, Riots, and Muggers: How Mayor Lindsay Weathered New York City’s Image Crisis – Dr. Heather Hendershot, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyBicentennial Programming in the Peabody Archive – Dr. Christine Becker, University of Notre Dame\; Lucas Hatlen, University of Georgia

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