I had the privilege to guest-edit VIEW‘s third issue together with prof. Jérôme Bourdon, a special issue on ‘European Television Memories’. VIEW: Journal of European Television History and Culture is the first peer-reviewed, multi-media and open access e-journal in the field of television studies. You can check out the entire issue and the editorial freely available on the journal’s homepage. I also contributed an exploratory article to the issue titled Television as a Hybrid Repertoire of Memory. New Dynamic Practices of Cultural Memory in the Multi-Platform Era. This article deals with how new dynamic production and scheduling practices in connection with highly accessible and participatory forms of user engagement offer opportunities for television users to engage with the past, and how such practices affect television as a practice of memory
In the context of the fast development of memory studies, the third issue of VIEW: Journal of European Television History and Culture highlights debates around the moving borders of national memories, fostered by television in the context of European history. The e-journal provides an international platform for outstanding academic research publications and archival reflection on television as an important part of European cultural heritage. The articles in this issue focus on the contribution of European television researchers, covering all three areas of media studies (production, text and reception), and touch upon a broad range of topics including: the reconstruction of the national past after regime changes (in both Southern and Eastern Europe); competing versions of the “same” past; the fragile fostering of a European identity; and the regional/would be national past. The issue emphasizes the different uses (ethnographic, historical) of life-stories of television viewers and hints at the possible changes to memory formation brought about by television in the post-network, digital era. Finally, this issue charts the field of European television memories, but will also suggest ways it can be researched further, both nationally and transnationally.