Symposium: Ethics and Politics of 21st Century Television Series

April 1, 2022
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La Maison Française, New York University, 19 University Place
New York 10003
United States


  • Universite Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne
  • Liberal Studies NYU
  • Demoseries Research Project, European Research Council


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SYMPOSIUM: ETHICS AND POLITICS OF 21ST CENTURY TV SERIES DATE TIME LOCATION Friday Apr. 1 9:30am-6:30pm Hybrid - La Maison Française and Zoom

**This event will take place in English**

Hybrid event: open in person to the NYU community, open online to the public

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La Maison Française is pleased to host the Ethics and Politics of the 21st Century TV Series conference on April 1st, organized by DEMOSERIES, a European Research Council project hosted at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. The conference will bring together a number of scholars, philosophers and film and TV specialists from France (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and the United States.

From Orange is the New Black to Homeland, from The Crown to Ozark, join us for a full day of fascinating panel conversations about the framing of genres in recent TV, the ethics of your favorite shows, and popular culture’s potential for social and political action. 

9:45AM-10:00AM: Introduction. François Noudelmann and Sandra Laugier

10:00AM-12:00PM: Panel 1. New Television and the Politics of Genres

Martin Shuster (Goucher College), The Persistence of the Western: Yellowstone, America, and the Present

Kathryn Reklis (Fordham University), The Limits of Ethics at the End of the World

David LaRocca, Metatelevision in The Crown

Sandra Laugier (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne), Homeland and The Bureau: Ethics of the Security Genre

12:00PM-12:30PM: Discussion

12:30PM-2:00PM: Lunch Break

2:00PM-3:30PM: Panel 2. Moral Perfectionism in TV Series

Paola Marrati (Johns Hopkins University), Orange is the New Black: Perfectionism and Politics

Jeroen Gerrits (Binghamton University), Im/moral Perfectionism: TV between the Low and Lower Yet

Hent de Vries (NYU), “Nobody’s Perfect”: Moral Imperfectionism in Ozark

3:30PM-4:00PM: Discussion

4:00PM-4:15PM: Break

4:15PM-5:45PM: Panel 3. The Social Action of Popular Culture

Andrew Brandel (Harvard University), “Preparing to Live”: Foundation’s Account of Anthropology

Théo Touret-Dengreville (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne-Demoseries), Superheroes as Educators

Brendan Hogan (NYU), “But It’s the Other Way”: Surveillance between Structure and Agency in The Wire

5:45PM-6:15PM: Discussion

6:15PM-6:30PM: Closing Remarks

This event is organized by DEMOSERIES, a European Research Council project hosted at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.  

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April 1, 2022, 9:45am EST

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