From the CFP:
What ever happened to readers, and do they have a future? For all the work that has been done on the state of reading in today’s world, the audience remains a problem. Or does it? In film studies, a discipline once entwined with literary scholarship, archival research on historical audiences continues unabated; indeed, it is thriving. The same can be said of radio and television studies. And then there is the emerging field of digital humanities, which may turn users into co-creators of online texts. Curiously, literary studies may be alone in dispensing with historical audiences. And that is not all. Reception theory, a German development once widely debated, has also been abandoned by scholars of German literature. In PhD qualifying exams, for example, questions of audience are anathema and rarely even asked as a result. Why should they be? What could they bring? This forum seeks to engage problems of audience and their implications for our understanding of German literature, film, and new media.