P09
Medial seriality and cultural circulation

Convenors:
Christine Hämmerling (University of Zurich)
Regina F. Bendix (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
Location:
Lossi 3, 427
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

Under the heading "popular seriality", the panel explores keyterms such as habitus, tradition, innovation or cyclicality through the lens of the production as well as the reception and appropriation of serial narrations and imaginaries between cultural industries and everyday life.

Long abstract:

The term "popular seriality" refers to the growing production and sale of serialized forms of popular entertainment to equally growing audiences. Serialization, akin to circulation, stresses the regular, the known and habitual. But while the image of the circle may emphasize stability, repetition and timelessness, the spiral, as an image of the serial, highlights movement, innovation and change. Popular seriality offers an important interface for (re-)conceptualizing ethnological and folkloristic keyterms and problems such as tradition and habitus, cultural (re-)production and consumption, authorship and communal creation, immaterial and material dimensions of culture, and the impact of industrial production on cultural creativity and circulation. Drawing from the interdisciplinary research field concerned with popular seriality, the panel seeks to explore issues such as the linearity of tradition vis-à-vis the cyclicality of serial contents, the materialization of serial imaginaries through fan practices, the cultural transformation of serial commodities, and the ebb and flow of serial afflictions in cycles of innovation and habituation. Such conceptual questions will be focused through the lens of serial narration, reception, and the media and technologies facilitating them (comics, novels, tv-series, digital games, etc.). We welcome theoretical contributions and case studies on reader/viewer/player practices as well as new perspectives on the serialization of everyday life that is organized along serial reception, comparative examinations across time or place, or intertextual and intermedial referencing which add to the sense of circulating topics and stories.