ECREA Communication History Workshop 2023, CfP on “War, Communication, and Media Resilience in Europe”, Lund University, Sweden, 23–25 August, 2023

War is disruptive. It breaks trajectories of progress. It divides real and imagined communities. In addition to the tragic loss of lives and devastation of cities, its harmful effects on long established communication cultures, networks and infrastructures are fundamental. The disturbing instability of the world order caused by the escalating Russian aggression in Ukraine has led to deep concerns not only about the war itself. It has also highlighted the vulnerability of our global communication infrastructure, the ways to resist information warfare and propaganda, and the need to sustain an ethical media reporting in a deeply polarized world.

Dating back to 1970s discussions within fields such as psychology, pedagogy, and human ecology, the concept of resiliencehas drawn attention to how humans mentally cope with and learn from disrupting changes in the complex systems in which they are embedded. In recent decades, the concept has been tried out in much broader scholarly contexts, for example research on public health or social innovation, critical infrastructure studies, and disaster studies. Although studies within applied communication research and crisis communication may sometimes thematize resilience, it can be noted that in media studies more generally, the concept is yet to be thoroughly theorized and systematically discussed. And particularly the interplay between resilience and resistance needs further exploration, not least to underscore agency and to counter the conservative tendency built into the concept of resilience.

Alongside this lacuna within media studies, historical studies on resilience are also surprisingly rare. Most often, it is framed as a contemporary phenomenon, ideal, and solution. This is remarkable since the term resilience itself implies key issues of change, transformation, adaptability, adjustment, and temporality – and sometimes also the absence of change. By critically investigating processes of resilience and resistance in wartime, media and communication historians can offer deep insights into everything from sustainable communication technologies and infrastructures to cultural memory work and collective trauma. Through concepts such as residual media or remediation, historians can shed light on processes of media convergence and divergence in wars of the past, but also old media persistence, resistance, or resilience in new wars.

The aim of the 2023 ECREA Communication History workshop is to invite a scholarly discussion on war and media resilience in terms of, first, the ability of media and communication agents, cultures, and institutions to act in, resist and recover from disturbances caused by war and armed conflicts. Second, it engages with media technologies and materialities, not least in terms of the stability or instability of analogue or digital communication infrastructures. And third, the concept of media resilience raises issues of media ethics, sustainable war reporting and photojournalism, and the spectacles of suffering. Media in contemporary armed conflicts need to be put in context and analysed alongside their historical precedents. Historical perspectives are necessary since media resilience addresses issues of media change and transformation, the ability of media technologies and media agents to absorb change or the stubborn persistence – or even comeback – of old media in disruptive times.

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CfP : Gender and Internet/Web History (special issue)

Special issue of Internet Histories: Digital Technology, Culture and Society
(editors of the special issue: Leopoldina Fortunati, Autumn Edwards & Janet Abbate)

This call for papers will take stock of the historical entanglement of gender and the Internet/Web. Facing a critical juncture both in terms of the technological development of the Internet (e.g., the nascent Web 3.0, radical decentralization, the integration of AI and machine learning) and also in terms of sociopolitical struggle on the part of women and gender-linked identity groups on local and global levels, we ask: How can we root the analysis of gender and the Internet on a historical level? How can histories that integrate gender and the Internet/Web help us comprehend the sociological, cultural, and political meaning and dimensions of each? 

This special issue will explore these questions and many others through a diachronic approach that includes global, transnational, national, regional, and local histories.

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CfP for XVIII Congress of AsHisCom | 14-15 September 2023 | Almada Negreiros College – ICNOVA Lisbon

Call for Papers until 28.02.2023

Debate History, Communication and Memory
The Association of Historians of Communication invites researchers to participate in the XVIII Congress of AsHiscom, which will take place on the 14th and 15th of September in Lisbon, organized by the Communication Institute of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
The main theme is Communication, History and Memory, and all works that contribute to debating the production and communication of collective memory in Ibero-American space and promoting the search and analysis of fair memory policies are welcome. 


The call for papers is open until February 28th. 
See the complete information and access the submission platform through
xviiiashiscom2023.fcsh.unl.pt/pt/chamada-de-trabalhos/

CfP – Media Building: New Perspectives on Journalism, Mass Communication, and the Built Environment

Editors: Will Mari, LSU; Carole O’Reilly, Salford; E. James West, Northampton

This collection builds on the success of MEDIA BUILDING, an international conference hosted by Northumbria University and the University of Salford in 2021. It brings together leading scholars to interrogate the enduring and evolving relationship between journalism, mass communications, and the built environment. From the emergence of the first newspapers, media creators have intuitively understood the importance of connecting place and content. This has centered on the media building – most powerfully rendered through iconic headquarters such as the Tribune tower in Chicago and the Daily Express building in London. 

These and other sites provided media producers and consumers with a definable shape; “a hook on which to hang some news about the media itself.” Both individually and together, media buildings served as key nodes in the urban geography of communications, complementing editorial efforts to make and remake the modern metropolis.

At the same time, the changing form and function of media buildings has both reflected and reified transformations in modern journalism and mass communication. What would press barons such as Joseph Pulitzer, who saw their buildings as “the central and highest point(s) of New World Civilization,” have made of Facebook’s Menlo Park Campus; a radically different, if similarly impressive, vision of media power? How have media buildings – both real and imagined – informed and given form to a range of sociopolitical, cultural and ideological constructs, becoming a “delivery mechanism” for ideas about objectivity, authority and identity? What can the past and futures of media buildings tell us about the changing nature of media production, distribution, and consumption in the twenty-first century?

We invite chapters that interrogate the concept of the media building from a variety of perspectives and disciplinary backgrounds. Potential topics include:

•     Media power and the modern skyscraper (e.g. China Media Group HQ, Beijing; the New York Times building, ‎Manhattan)

•     Media buildings and media(ted) cities (e.g. New York’s “newspaper row”; Facebook Menlo Park Campus, Silicon Valley; Media City Park, Dubai)

•     Media buildings in popular culture (e.g. Superman and the Daily Planet)

•     The pasts and futures of media buildings (e.g. redevelopment and building conversion; demolition; public memory).

•     Architecture, labor and media technologies (e.g. air conditioning; digitization and the newsroom; spatial politics and media workers)

•     Identity, community, and media buildings (e.g. minority media and the built environment; race, gender and sexuality in the modern newsroom)

•     Media buildings and the end of empire (e.g. the Times of India building, Mumbai; National Media Group, Nairobi; Broadcasting House, London)

•     The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on media buildings and their employees (e.g. the transition away from 24/7 newsrooms, working from home)

Abstracts of 350-500 words, alongside a short position statement explaining how you envision your chapter contributing to the collection as a whole, to be submitted by January 10, 2023.

Accepted chapters of 5,000-to-7,000 words to be submitted August 15, 2023.

Direct queries and submissions to: mediabuildingconference@gmail.com