CFP: Excavating Media Conference / University of Cambridge

Call for Papers for ‘Excavating Media: Devices, Processes, Apparatuses’, an interdisciplinary conference addressing new approaches to media theory and history

The two-day conference will be held at the University of Cambridge on June 30 – July 1, 2017.

Details are available at: Continue reading

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Media Archaeology – Ruptures and Relations (Karlstad, 03.02.2017)

Workshop, Friday, 3 February 2017, 11am-6pm, Karlstad University, Room: Minerva, 12C608

What is media archaeology (good for)? In recent years, the term has become something of a catch-phrase, being employed all the way from an expanded cinema history to techno-materialist hardware studies. We have invited international experts to debate the use and value of an approach that wants to investigate the epistemological basis of our current media situation. The aim of the workshop is to explore how the concept has transformed during the transfer between different countries and disciplines (film, media, literature, art, cultural studies) – and how it at the same time can be used to connect varying research contexts. Continue reading

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CfP: Tracing Entanglements in Media History

A conference at The Old Bishop’s House, Lund University, Sweden, May 17–19, 2017

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin, USA Simo Mikkonen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Since its commencement in 2013, the Entangled Media Histories (EMHIS) research and teaching network has worked to create an arena for international dialogue on the historical dimensions of transborder and transmedial flows by means of the concept entangled history. Our main academic aim has been to challenge the traditional blind spots in perspective and common methodological nationalism of media historical scholarship. With some important exceptions (such as for example Hilmes 2012; Fickers & Johnson 2012; Ribeiro & Seul 2016), media history has thus far often tended to be discussed within national contexts (which also includes most ‘comparative’ studies) and from a mono-medial perspective, focussing exclusively on one medium at a time such as for example the press, radio or television. The fact that there are – and always have been – manifold cross-border and cross-medial interrelations has not always been properly highlighted.

With this conference we would like to further explore the theoretical and methodological implications of such a plea for integrated media history together with other researchers working in the field. We invite scholars from different disciplines across the humanities and interpretive social sciences, who have already dealt with similar issues or wish to explore them further. We also encourage open discussions on sources and methodologies in media historical research, including aspects on media archives and the challenges and opportunities surrounding digitized media material.

We especially invite papers relating to the following main themes:

  1. Entangled agents, including transnational/transmedial connections, encounters, collaborations and networks
  1. Entangled products/materialities, including the transfer, flow or circulation of media formats, content or objects
  1. Entangled practices, including aspects of media production, dissemination, and use
  1. Entangled frameworks, including transnational/transmedial aspects of media politics, legislation, and economy
  2. Entangled arenas, including perspectives on public spheres and communicative configurations reflecting specific political, social, cultural or geographic conditions

Submission guidelines and practical information The conference language is English and the number of participants is limited to 65. For individual paper proposals (20 mins including discussion), please submit an abstract (300 words) plus short bio by Dec 1, 2016. Abstracts can only be submitted through the conference website . Notification of acceptance of abstract will be given in the beginning of January 2017.

Extended abstracts (600–800 words) are required and will be published in a pre-circulated PDF book. Deadline for extended abstracts is Apr 1, 2017.

The conference will begin with registration and dinner on May 17th and end with a dinner banquet on May 19th. The paper sessions are held at The Old Bishop’s House and the open keynote sessions are held in the auditorium at the Centre for Languages and Literature, Helgonabacken 1, Lund. A conference fee of 100 € is required and will include all meals and conference material.

Following the conference, a selection of the papers presented will be invited to participate with a chapter in an edited book volume.

The conference is organised by the Media History Unit at Lund University, Sweden, in co-operation with the Research Centre for Media History at the Hans Bredow Institute/Hamburg University, Germany, and the Centre for Media History at Bournemouth University, UK. It is hosted by the Department of Communication and Media, Lund University, with financial support from The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT).

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CfP: History of Private and Commercial Television in Europe

The deadline for paper proposals for the eleventh issue of VIEW Journal of Television History and Culture has been extended to September 27, 2016. Please consider sending in your abstract.

See the original CfP (below) for submission instructions.


CfP VIEW Journal Vol. 6, Issue 11 / Summer 2017 History of Private and Commercial Television in Europe

The perception of the European television and media landscape has been traditionally shaped by the contrast and constant comparison with the American one: state-run stations or public service broadcasting in Europe vs. commercial networks in the US. However, in most European countries it took to the last third of the 20th century, until commercial TV got proper permission, or started its activities. As a result, to date, the structure is characterized by coexistence of public service and commercial stations (in a mixed system only later opened to pay and over-the-top operators).

The history of European televisions’ commercialization, however, is way less linear, and more interesting and complex. In many European countries there have been early attempts to launch some form of private television, on a local, national, or even supra-national basis. Some of the early attempts to plant private TV are short-lived or failed totally (for example FFG 1960 in Germany), others like the ITV-Network (UK) or RTL Télévision (Luxembourg) were able to establish themselves already during the 1950s on a regional level aside the major public-service providers. In Italy, after a debate already originating in the 1950s, there has since the 1970s been plenty of – initially illegal – locally focused broadcasters, leaving space in the following decade to national commercial networks. And media moguls, such as Silvio Berlusconi, started from their own country and later tried to enter other markets, with mixed results. Additionally, the public-service stations themselves are often subjects to the principles of commercialization: most of them inserted commercials from the early days in their programming and/or had to buy broadcasting rights (e.g. for feature films, or TV series, sitcoms and other formats) from international markets, thus establishing other kinds of competition. This even occurred at state-run television in Eastern Europe. It is clear, the process of television commercialization didn’t just start during the 1980s, but its implementation was from the very beginning, and followed very different paths in each European country. Moreover, the emergence of consumer societies in post-war Europe and the dissemination of private TV seems a deeply interwoven process.

This issue of VIEW seeks to deepen our understanding of how aspects of commercialization in TV shaped the media culture in Europe. We aim to offer a scholarly view on the history of institutions, political and economic interests, technical conditions, legal frameworks, professional cultures, programmes and their aesthetics, scheduling and advertising, aspects of reception and reactions in societies, related discourses, and backlash on public service TV. Transnational, comparative and entangled perspectives are preferred.

*** Proposals are invited on (but not limited to): ***

Case studies on specific stations/companies/countries in Europe Historical cases of successful and/or failed attempts of establishing private TV Different developments/models of commercial TV in Europe: legal and illegal, free-to-air and pay TV Transnational circulation of ideas, professionals and formats in commercial television across Europe Direct and indirect relationships between Europe and the US, as a successful model for commercial television and/or as a critic and debatable issue Impact of commercialization on TV formats, genres, content, and television schedules and programme flows Competition to and convergence with public service TV Political and societal discourses related to justifying, supporting/contrasting and establishing commercial television Commercial television production and distribution cultures Commercial television consumption and reception practices “Silent” commercialization through license- and programme-trade History of television commercials. The influence of technical preconditions and developments Commercial TV archives and their issues (availability, conservation, catalogue)

Privatisation of TV in Eastern Europe after 1990/91 Video and audio essays presenting primary sources (e.g. oral interviews, audio-visual material) or other ways of exploring commercial TV in Europe.

*** Practicals ***

Deadline for abstracts(max. 500 words): September 27, 2016 Deadline for full papers (3 – 6,000 words): January 14, 2017

Contributions are encouraged from authors with different expertise and interests in media studies, television broadcasting, political economy of communication, media economics and media industries, audience studies, from researchers to television professionals, to archivists and preservationists. We welcome contributions in the form of articles and video essays.

Submissions should be sent both to the managing editor of the journal, Dana Mustafa via and the assistant managing editor, Rieke Böhling via

For further information or questions about the issue, please contact the co-editors: Christoph Classen via (Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam/Germany), Sonja de Leeuw via (Utrecht University/NL), and Luca Barra via (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano/Italy).

See for current and previous issues. VIEW is proud to be an open access journal. All articles are made findable through the DOAJ and EBSCO databases.

*** About VIEW journal ***

VIEW is published by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in collaboration with Utrecht University, University of Luxembourg and Royal Holloway University of London. It is supported by the EUscreenXL project, the European Television History Network and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

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CfP: Media and History: Crime, Violence and Justice


July 10-13, 2017 – PARIS, FRANCE

Hosted by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Analysis of the Media (CARISM) and the French Press Institute, Panthéon-Assas University, Paris (France), the conference marks the 40th anniversary of IAMHIST as well as the 80th anniversary of the French Press Institute.


MEDIA AND HISTORY: CRIME, VIOLENCE AND JUSTICE is the main topic of the conference and a special section will also deal with international and comparative approaches to media history. Workshops for younger scholars will be organized. Continue reading

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Ann.: Academic Journal “Internet Histories: Digital Technology, Culture and Society”

The new academic journal “Internet Histories” (Taylor & Francis/Routledge) has just opened its submissions website — please consider submitting an article.

Excerpt from the journal’s Aims and scope:

“Internet Histories: Digital Technology, Culture and Society” is an international, inter-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal concerned with research on the cultural, social, political and technological histories of the internet and associated digital cultures.

The journal embraces empirical as well as theoretical and methodological studies within the field of the history of the internet broadly conceived — from early computer networks, Usenet and Bulletin Board Systems, to everyday Internet with the web through the emergence of new forms of internet with mobile phones and tablet computers, social media, and the internet of things. The journal will also provide the premier outlet for cutting-edge research in the closely related area of histories of digital cultures.

Read about the journal, its aims and scope, international editorial board, and more at

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CFP: SAGE Handbook of Web History

The web has now been with us for almost 25 years: new media is simply not that new anymore. It has developed to become an inherent part of our social, cultural, political, and social lives, and is accordingly leaving behind a detailed documentary record of society and events since the advent of widespread web archiving in 1996. These two key points lie at the heart of our in-preparation Handbook of Web History: that the history of the web itself needs to be studied, but also that its value as an incomparable historical record needs to be inquired as well. Continue reading

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CfP: Archives of the Digital (deadline: 31 July 2016)

Call for Papers
Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture, Issue 8.1: Archives of the Digital

Guest Editors: Hermann Rotermund, Wolfgang Hagen and Christian Herzog (Leuphana University Lüneburg)

Reminder of the deadline for the submission of full papers: 31 July 2016 The issue is scheduled for publication in Spring 2017.

Digital media has initiated the transformation of archiving practices with implications for audio-visual archives, written archives and libraries. The substitution of finding aids, including paper cards, by databases is in most instances seen as beneficial and an advance.

However, the digitization of archival holdings poses a lot of questions that have not yet been thoroughly discussed. The physical nature of the sources is no longer an obstacle to their universal accessibility. Is digitization thus leading to the disappearance of the emphatic notion of the archive, because digitized materials are becoming mere elements of the constantly growing and flowing mass of data in electronic circuits?

Will digital techniques replace the archive as an institution? Do we have to envision archives without records and without a documentation strategy – and documentarists as hackers who build ad hoc collections from randomly commented links?

With regard to broadcast archives, it can be observed that the form and comprehensibility of metadata, access and usage regulations have not kept pace with digitization. How can this asynchrony be dissolved? How can the means of digital technology and the Internet be used to create comprehensible and accessible metadata? How can archives be connected – are there historical examples we could learn from?

Articles for this special issue, ‘Archives of the Digital’ could, for example, address ideas and visions for the reconfiguration of archives, or the epistemology of the archive (and its notions), treat exemplary case studies of (interdisciplinary) practices for the interpretation of archival content, or elaborate on the impact of digitization for scholars working in the archives/with archival holdings.

Submission guidelines

Submissions of 6000–8000 words in length are to be original, scholarly manuscripts formatted according to Intellect House Style guidelines (

Notes should appear as endnotes and cited works listed in alphabetical, then chronological, order in a separate ‘References’ section at the end of the article. Submissions should be in Microsoft Word .doc/.docx format ONLY and sent as e-mail attachments to the guest editors, at All inquiries should also be addressed to Hermann Rotermund.

About the journal

Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, a journal published by Intellect, recognises the interdisciplinary nature of the fields of media, communication and cultural studies. We therefore encourage diverse themes, subjects, contexts and approaches: empirical, theoretical and historical. Our objective is to engage readers and contributors from different parts of the world in a critical debate on the myriad of interconnections and interactions between communication, culture and society.

Interactions is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal that aims to encourage the development of the widest possible scholarly community, both in terms of geographical location and intellectual scope in the fields of media, communication and cultural studies. We publish leading articles from both established scholars and those at the beginning of their academic careers.

For further information about the journal, please visit,id=165/

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CfP: Media and Time, Loughborough, UK, 15-16 June 2017

CRCC symposium on Media and Time
Loughborough, UK, 15-16 June 2017

We are inviting applications for a symposium on Media and Time, organised by Loughborough University’s Centre for Research in Culture and Communication, due to take place in Loughborough on 15-16 June 2017.

Confirmed key-note speaker: Professor Paddy Scannell, University of Michigan

Media and communication technologies are inextricably bound up with the passage of time. Different forms and genres of mediated communication shape our sense of time in different ways, structure our daily routines, invite us to join in festive occasions, and help us manage the unexpected. They offer narratives and images of the past, contribute to the formation of collective memories, and help us imagine the future.

Media are also themselves subjected to the passage of time: established forms of communication are unsettled by new technologies, as well as by the economic, political and cultural changes occurring in the society at large. Finally, media old and new play an important role in both furthering social change and reproducing the status quo, a fact that only becomes fully apparent once we study the media over a longer stretch of time.

Despite the ubiquitous presence of time in mediated communication, the relationship between the two has so far received only sporadic attention, and is often discussed across different disciplinary field and subfields. This two-day symposium seeks to bring together scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to discuss selected aspects of the relationship between media and time. The event will be organised around three key themes, each addressing a set of related questions:

  • Theme 1: The challenges of temporal comparison: While comparative media research typically engages with spatially defined units, it is also possible to apply comparison diachronically, across different points in time. What challenges are brought by shifting from a synchronic to a diachronic plane of comparison, and what are the possible solutions to them?
  • Theme 2: Times of memory, times of media: Remembering and mediation are of necessity time-bound practices, yet so far we know rather little about how the temporalities of memory and media interact. Does, for instance, the temporal organisation of mnemonic practices change depending on the temporality of the media form used? How do new technologies, both historically and today, impact on the perceptions of time passing and subsequently also on the way we remember past events?
  • Theme 3: The temporalities of media history: Engaging in historical research inevitably involves dealing with temporally bound phenomena, but the temporal character of historical developments in media is rarely explicitly reflected upon. What can be gained by paying more explicit attention to issues of temporality, such as periodization, the differing pace of historical change, or the relationships between simultaneous vs. successive developments?

Convenors: Melodee Beals, Ele Belfiore, Emily Keighley, Thoralf Klein, Sabina Mihelj, Simone Natale, Alena Pfoser, James Stanyer and Peter Yeandle.

Please submit a c. 250 words abstract with a brief bio to Emily Keightley ( and Peter Yeandle ( by Monday 12 December 2016.

Participants will be asked to contribute a small fee to cover meals and related expenses (up to £50, with a discount for PhD students and participants from low-income countries).

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Ann.: Beyond ENIAC: Early Digital Platforms & Practices (Siegen, 10.-12.06.2016)

Location: Ludwig Wittgenstein House, Unteres Schloß 3, 57072 Siegen, Germany
Organizer: Thomas Haigh (
Sponsor: Collaborative research center “Media of Cooperation” of Siegen University
URL: (check for updates)

The publication of ENIAC In Action: Making and Remaking the Modern Computer Haigh, Priestley & Rope, 2016) provides an opportunity to showcase new work in the history of computing and explore the place such work within media studies and Computer science, the two key components of Siegen University’s new School of Media and Information. During the workshop many of Europe’s leading scholars of computing history will present their latest research to each other and participate in a series of roundtable discussions structured to provide lively interdisciplinary engagement. Early work on the history of computing was carried out by computers scientists and pioneers. It focused on technical analysis of the computers of the 1940s and 50s. As the history of computing has matured as a scholarly field its focus has shifted to social and cultural analysis and to later time periods. The shift reduced computer scientist Donald Knuth to tears, shed because history was being “dumbed down.” Now a new generation of scholars is returning to explore the world of early digital platforms and practices, combining careful
attention to materiality and technical concerns with the broader perspectives of scholarly history. This trend creates new opportunities to situate studies of the early digital within media studies, where scholars recognize that the modern world is mediated by the affordances of digital platforms, and within computer science where more scholars may come to share Knuth’s sense that historical knowledge is the foundation of deep technical understanding. Continue reading

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