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CFP: Office of Lifelong Learning “Communities of Communication II” (4/30/2015; 9/10-11/2015)

Office of Lifelong Learning
University of Edinburgh
September 10-11, 2015
Deadline: April 30, 2015

“Communities of Communication II: Newspapers and Periodicals in Britain and Ireland from 1800 to 1900”

As part of an ongoing initiative to map current research in British and Irish press history, this conference will provide a forum for the discussion of a broad range of thematic and methodological approaches to nineteenth-century journalism. It follows on from a similar conference held at Sheffield University’s Center for Journalism Studies in September 2014.

This conference, like its 2014 predecessor, aims to contribute to a planned series on British and Irish newspapers and periodicals commissioned by Edinburgh University Press under the general editorship of Professor Martin Conboy (Sheffield) and Professor David Finkelstein (Edinburgh). It provides a significant opportunity for scholars to develop work based on fresh research, including the various digital resources now available.

The organizers welcome papers addressing any of the following areas:

  • Individual publications of note; important/significant editors/owners/journalists
  • Thematic overviews, particularly ones that examine concepts such as the public sphere, definitions of the press in 19th century contexts, or the political economy of the press
  • Assessments of regionaland national identity, including the role of publications in articulating ethnic and gendered identities throughout the period across and within the 19th century nation states of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
  • The movement of print information across space and time
  • Print and media networks and communication structures
  • Contextualisations of press and newspaper activity within a social history of communication
  • Contextualisations of print media as shaped by technological, political and cultural forces
  • Surveys of the extension and expansion of readership
  • Patterns of migration and national, regional, global communication exchanges
  • Analyses of newspaper and periodical publishing in specific cities or regions
  • The newspaper and periodical press as a physical artifact
  • Aspects of visual culture, including graphic design, illustration and technological developments in both newspaper and periodical press.
  • The commodification and professionalisation of journalism and the periodical press
  • The role of the reader in press interactions, such as through letters pages, editorials and responses to and engagements with media campaigns.

20-minute presentations are invited which engage with any of the broad themes above.  Queries regarding the planned programme or initiative can be directed to Prof. David Finkelstein at d.finkelstein@ed.ac.uk.

Presentation proposals of 300-500 words should be sent by April 30, 2015 to Suzanne.Spalding@ed.ac.uk, outlining which strand of the call will be addressed.

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