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Flow Conference 2008

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Thank you to everyone who helped make the second Flow Conference a success! The conference was held October 9-11, 2008* at the University of Texas at Austin and drew more than 200 participants.

The Flow Conference is hosted by the graduate students and faculty of the Radio-Television-Film department at the University of Texas at Austin. The conference is a series of roundtables discussions with topics created by Flow columnists, organized around the future of television and media culture and scholarship.

The goal of the Flow Conference is conversation. There are no plenary sessions and participants are asked to submit short position papers (not full-length essays). We want to promote discussion amongst scholars, members of the media industries, media activists, fans, and policy-makers over crucial issues related to television and media. For more information about the format of the conference, visit the FAQ.


2008 Conference Coordinators:
Tiffany Henning
Kit Hughes
Laura Simmons
Jacqueline Vickery

Organizing Committee:
Alexander Cho
Evan Elkins
Leigh Goldstein
Candice Haddad
Katherine Haenschen
Carly Kocurek
Kristen Lambert
Afsheen Nomai
Annie Petersen
David Uskovich
Alyx Vesey

Webgoddess
Jacqueline Vickery

Program Design
Carly Kocurek

Screening Event Coordinator and Projectionist
Afsheen Nomai

Faculty Advisor
Mary Celeste Kearney

The conference staff would like to thank the following individuals and organizations at the University of Texas, without whom this conference would not be possible:
Dean Roderick P. Hart – College of Communication
Sharon Strover, Joe Straubhaar, Tom Schatz, Michael Kackman – Department of Radio-Television-Film
Dean Victoria Rodriguez – Office of the Graduate School
University Co-op
Graduate Student Assembly

In addition, we’re grateful for support from the following organizations and individuals at the University of Texas:
Rebecca Alvarez – AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Gloria Holder, Susan Dirks, Chris Margrave, Bert Herigstad – Department of Radio-Television-Film
Charles Bogel, Judy Davidson – LBJ Library
Jan Odum – Texas Union

Last but not least, we’d like to thank the following organizations and individuals outside the UT community:
Grace Yang – ABC Television
Samantha Cox – Alamo Drafthouse
Masashi Niwano – Austin Asian American Film Festival
Cassie Vizard – Bumper Sticker
Brianna Look – Doubletree Hotel
Trishell Galloway – La Quinta Hotel
Margaret Compton – Peabody Award Archives
UT Copy
Guadalupita Estrada – Star Shuttle and Charter


*The Flow Conference staff would like to apologize for the scheduling conflict with Yom Kippur. Due to scheduling conflicts with the University and other local facilities, we were unable to secure another time for this conference. We will do our best to work with people’s scheduling conflicts as well as provide services through UT Hillel.


Past Conferences:
Flow Conference 2006