Vol 2, No 3 (2013)

European Television Memories

Co-edited by Jérôme Bourdon and Berber Hagedoorn

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 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.

Table of Contents


Editorial PDF HTML
Jérôme Bourdon, Berber Hagedoorn 1-3


‘Remembering Our First TV Set’. Personal Memories as a Source for Television Audience History HTML PDF
Cecilia Penati 4-12
"It's Just So Hard to Bring It to Mind": The Significance of ‘Wallpaper’ in the Gendering of Television Memory Work HTML PDF
Hazel Collie 13-21
Martin Luther in Primetime. Television Fiction and Cultural Memory Construction in Cold War Germany HTML PDF
Stewart Anderson 22-26
The Production of Czechoslovakia´s Most Popular Television Serial 'The Hospital On The Outskirts' and Its Post-1989 Repeats HTML PDF
Petr Bednařík 27-36
Parallel Stories, Differentiated Histories. Exploring Fiction and Memory in Spanish and Portuguese Television HTML PDF
José Carlos Rueda Laffond, Carlota Coronado Ruiz, Catarina Duff Burnay, Susana Díaz Pérez, Amparo Guerra Gómez, Rogério Santos 37-44
Looking for What You Are Looking for: A Media Researcher’s First Search in a Television Archive HTML PDF
Jasmijn Van Gorp 45-51


Television as a Hybrid Repertoire of Memory. New Dynamic Practices of Cultural Memory in the Multi-Platform Era HTML PDF
Berber Hagedoorn 52-64
Why Should We Study Socialist Commercials? HTML PDF
Anikó Imre 65-76
Window to the West: Memories of Watching Finnish Television in Estonia During The Soviet Period HTML PDF
Annika Lepp, Mervi Pantti 77-87
The Life and Afterlife of a Socialist Media Friend. On the Longterm Cultural Relevance of the Polish TV Series 'Czterdziestolatek' PDF HTML
Kinga S. Bloch 88-98
Chronology and Ideology. Temporal Structuring in Israeli Historical Documentary Series HTML PDF
Bosmat Garami 99-106
Great Escapes from the Past. Memory and Identity in European Transnational Television News HTML PDF
Andreas Widholm 107-118
Memory, Television and the Making of the BBC’s 'The Story Of Wales' HTML PDF
Steve Blandford, Ruth McElroy 118-125

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ISSN: 2213-0969