Toby Miller joins CATH as Visiting Professor

The Cinema and Television History Research Centre has appointed Toby Miller as Visiting Professor.

Toby is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He the author and editor of more than 30 volumes, and has published essays in well over 100 journals and books.

Toby has recently given two talks at De Montfort University. His first, titled TV is Dead: Long Live TV!, detailed the continuing salience of television as a particular political and textual form, even though technological change seems to herald its demise.

He also gave the keynote address to the New Television History Symposium,  Television Studies 3.0: Good Bad and of a Certain Age. This talk focused on the rise of the field of television studies in relation to the politics of discarding television hardware around the world.

Toby calls for a much more geographically and materially sensitive approach to the politics of television than is available through the study only of television ‘texts’. See Talking Tech Trash, University of California Riverside, Spring 2008: Volume 3, Number 2

CATH's new Visiting Professor, Toby Miller, said of his appointment: “De Montfort is an exciting place to be. The University places a priority on many topics that are central to my work, and the new Centre most of all.

"I am thrilled to be associated with a distinguished and lively group of scholars. Film and television are going through major changes and the Centre is well-placed to explain and intervene in the new environment.

"And it is immeasurably important for me to have a link to Leicester, my place of birth where I spent happy childhood years. I enjoy reading the Mercury on line, listening to the Foxes podcast from Radio Leicester, basking in the success of the Tigers, and occasionally seeing scores from Grace Road; now I have a renewed, ongoing connection to the city in a more significant way”.  

Toby also hosts a website providing podcast conversations with key figures in cultural studies. The podcasts include Douglas Kellner, Edward Buscombe, Natalie Fenton, Des Freedman, David Theo Goldberg, Ellen Seiter, and DMU's Helen Wood.

A selected bibliography includes:

  • Television Studies: The Basics (Routledge 2010)
  • The Contemporary Hollywood Reader (Routledge 2009)
  • Makeover Nation: The United States of Reinvention (Ohio State University Press, 2008)
  • Cultural Citizenship: Cosmopolitanism, Consumerism and Television in a Neo-Liberal Age (Temple University Press, 2007)
  • Spyscreen: Espionage on Film and TV from the 1930s to the 1960s (Oxford University Press, 2003)
  • The Avengers (BFI, 1997)

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Posted on Tuesday 1st March 2011

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