The Historiography of the UK Media from the 17th to the 20th Century –a Symposium, 13 July 2010, 9.30-5 pm, The Council Chamber, King’s College London

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The history of the media and its relation to social, political and cultural change is now a well established area of research. This symposium brings together people working in the area in order to reflect on the ways in which historians and others writing about the media have approached the subject. It will explore the ways in which the media is dealt with in general historical work and the assumptions, methods and perspectives associated with the writing of print and broadcasting history, with a view to generating wide ranging and critical discussion The symposium is jointly organised by the journal Media History, the Department of English King's College London and the Centre For Media History Aberystwyth University.

The symposium is open to interested academics, and there is no charge for the day. Places are, however, limited, and will be allocated on receipt of applications. If you would like to attend, please send your name, institution and contact details to Professor Tom O'Malley, Department of Theatre Film and Television, Aberystwyth University – tpo@aber.ac.uk. The contributors to the symposium are:

Dr. Adrian Bingham -Ignoring the first draft of history? Searching for the press in narratives of twentieth-century

Dr. Harry Cocks – Reading Obscene Texts and their Histories

Professor James Curran - The Press and New Technology: Continuity, Rebirth or Abyss? (1950-2010).

Dr. Mark Hampton – Journalists' Histories of Journalism, 1950s to the Present

Dr. David Hendy – The Value of Biography and the Question of Human Agency in Histories of Broadcasting.

Dr. Anthony McNicholas – Mapping the diaspora: Irish journalism worldwide in the nineteenth century.

Dr Sian Nicholas – The historiography of early broadcasting.

Dr. Jason Peacey - Editing and editorial interventions in early modern newspapers, 1640-1700?

Professor Joad Raymond – The newspaper as national phenomena..

Dr. Matt Rubery - Victorian Print Culture

Professor Jean Seaton –How to get institutions to unlock the cupboards (or not): interviewing, papers and the dynamics of doing research.

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