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2007 - International Society of Political Psychology Pages: 32 pages || Words: 10609 words || 
1. Capelos, Tereza. and Vadratsikas, Konstantinos. "The Drama of Politics: Developing Civic Competence via TV-Dramas" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Classical Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon USA, Jul 04, 2007 <Not Available>. 2020-02-27 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: In this paper we investigate the impact of entertainment television on citizens’ performance of their civic duties. The impact of entertainment shows on political information acquisition is often overseen, in comparison to news broadcasts, which are considered the only source of political information in modern media. In this paper, we borrow from learning theories to examine whether TV-dramas can facilitate political learning. We conduct interviews with regular viewers of six American TV-dramas in Greece and explore how shows affect their political understanding as well as their civic habits. The findings suggest that exposure to TV-dramas leads to indirect acquisition of insights and practical information and affects viewers’ discussion patterns. These findings support the role of TV-dramas as one alternative explanation on how citizens enhance their understanding of the political world, how they formulate their opinions and how they perform their civic tasks.

2016 - ICA's 66th Annual Conference Words: 207 words || 
2. Turnbull, Susan. "Other People’s TV: The Australian Experience of the Transnational Trade in the TV Crime Drama" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ICA's 66th Annual Conference, Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk, Fukuoka, Japan, <Not Available>. 2020-02-27 <>
Publication Type: Session Paper
Abstract: The Australian TV landscape has long been dominated by television crime dramas from somewhere else. While initially that somewhere else was more likely to be the UK and the US, with the arrival of the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) in 1980 with a remit to meet the needs of an increasingly multicultural nation, that landscape began to change. More recently, SBS became the home to television crime dramas from Scandinavia, Italy and elsewhere on a network with a niche audience unlikely to be deterred by subtitles. Meanwhile, very few Australian crime dramas have had much success in other markets, with the exception of "Water Rats" (Channel 9), "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" (ABC), "The Code" (ABC), the prison drama "Cell Block H" (Channel 10) and its reimagined remake produced by Netflix, "Wentworth". This paper will explore the transnational trade in television crime drama from an Australian perspective.

Sue Turnbull is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Her research interests include media education, media audiences and television studies with particular attention to crime and comedy. Her recent publications include The TV Crime Drama (2014) and The Media and Communications in Australia (2014) co-edited with Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham. E-mail:

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