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Conceptual Television: The Ideas Behind Your Favourite Shows

Join University of Western Australia academic Tony Hughes-d’Aeth as he discusses his new book Netflicks: Conceptual Television in the Streaming Era, published by UWA Publishing.

If you wonder why certain ideas keep recurring in television, this is the talk for you. Why are we so interested in dystopia? What is a zombie? Why is amnesia so common in TV? What does it mean to have a story based entirely upon a day that keeps getting repeated? 

Tony will be interviewed by Tama Leaver, Professor of Internet Studies at Curtin University.

This event will be a lively discussion on how television shows in the streaming era ask fundamental questions about life in the modern world.

About the Author

Tony Hughes-d’Aeth is the Chair of Australian Literature at the University of Western Australia. He teaches a number of subjects at UWA, including ‘Narrative in the Digital Age’ and ‘Netflicks: Cinema and Long-form Television’. Tony is also the co-editor, with Sarah Collins, of the Vignettes series at UWA Publishing. This series aims to share emerging contemporary university concepts and considers the complexities of modern life.

Tama Leaver is Professor of Internet Studies at Curtin University. His books include Artificial Culture: Identity, Technology and Bodies (Routledge, 2012) and Instagram: Visual Social Media Cultures (Polity, 2020).

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    Event Showings

    Thursday 7 March 2024
    5.30pm to 7pm

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    City of Perth Library

    573 Hay Street

    Perth WA 6000

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