Projects and institutions working on media history:
The Centre for Media History at Aberystwyth University is an interdisciplinary research centre based in the Department of History and Welsh History and drawing on expertise in the history of the mass media across the University at a whole, both within the Department of History and Welsh History itself and in other departments, principally the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies.
The Centre for Media History at Macquarie University is Australia’s only centre dedicated to conducting and fostering research on the interactions between media and history. It works with industry to uncover and investigate the history of the rapidly changing media and communications landscape. Its members include leading documentary and other film-makers who create innovative historical works and engage in practice-led research. The CMH hosts major events, from conferences to public lectures, along with intimate workshops and masterclasses. It provides world-class databases and other electronic resources designed to preserve and make available our media heritage, and works closely with equivalent centres throughout the world.
The Centre for Media History (CMH) has established itself as an important and influential research centre, which has mainly promoted archive based study of radio and television history. Its new trajectory and ambition is to broaden the scope of its research to encompass film, public relations, press and other components of media history. The CMH has a strong interest in archive policy and promotes the use of archives in education.
The MAL is a place for hands-on, cross-disciplinary experimental research and teaching using still-functioning but obsolete tools, software, hardware, platforms from the past. It is also a kind of thinking device in that providing access to the utterly unique, material specificity of early computers, their interfaces, platforms, and software makes it possible to defamiliarize or make visible for critique contemporary, invisible interfaces and platforms. It’s an approach to media of the present via media of the past that aligns the lab with the vibrant field of “media archaeology.”