ECREA Communication History Section: our Panels at the ECREA 2021 Virtual conference

7 September 2021

Panel 1 (room 12): COH01 – Memories, narratives, and preservation in the media

09:00 – 10:30 CEST

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Panel 2 (room 12): COH02 – Contemporary (and apparently) digital effects in the analogue world

11:00 – 12:30 CEST

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Panel 3 (room 12): COH03 – Mass media historiography: theory and case studies in journalism and radio

17:00 – 18:30 CEST

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8 September 2021 

Panel 4 (room 12): COH04 – The (un)coverage of the 25 November 1975 military coup in Portugal. Constrained Media narratives on a polarized political environment

09:00 – 10:30 CEST

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Business meeting (room 9)

13:15-14:45 CEST

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9 September 2021

Panel 5 (room 26): COH05 – Trust, spread, and re-use of information after WWII

09:00 – 10:30 CEST

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Panel 6 (room 26): COH06 – Historicizing media and communication concepts of the digital age

11:00 – 12:30 CEST

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10 September 2021 

Post Conference “Old Media Persistence” 

9:00 – 16.30 CEST

To access the program:

To register and join the virtual program through Webex, please send an email to until September 8, 2021.

Old Media Persistence. Post-conference program. September 10, 2021

A remote postconference co-organized by three ECREA Thematic Sections: Communication History, Radio and Sound, Television Studies

Time Zone is CEST (Central European Summer Time).

9.00-9.15: Introduction (Belén Monclús, Juan Francisco Gutiérrez Lozano, Valérie Schafer)

9.15-10.30: Panel 1 

Old and New: persistence and co-existence

Chair: Berber Hagedoorn

  • Gabriele Balbi, Old media persistence in the digital era. A theory
  • Anne F. MacLennan, Radio old and new: Persistence of Canadian radio broadcasting in a digital world
  • Jutta Roeser & Jo Marie Dominiak, How old and new music media coexist in everyday life: Media consumption between dynamics and persistence

10.30-10.45: Virtual coffee break 

10.45-12.00: Panel 2 

Audiovisual transformations: Continuities and inspirations  

Chair: Christian Schwarzenegger

  • Josep Maria Martí, Belén Monclús, Maria Gutiérrez, Xavier Ribes & Pau Lluis, The Spanish radio industry at the digital crossroad
  • Paloma López Villafranca & Silvia Olmedo Salar, The transformation of radio drama into sound fiction on radio stations and audio platforms in Spain  
  • Andreas Schellewald, Locating the popular pleasures of TikTok historically

12.00-13.00: Virtual Lunch break

13.00-14.30: Panel 3 

Live and let die: Survival, re-emergence and nostalgia  

Chair: Salvatore Scifo

  • Jacob Ørmen, Rasmus Helles, & Klaus Bruhn Jensen, Mass media are dying – Long live mass communication!
  • Jonas Harvard & Ingela Wadbring, Let print die! Radical digital innovation in a Swedish local newspaper conglomerate and the idea of outdated “old media”
  • João Pereira de Matos, Beyond nostalgia and emulation: Teletext as an ontotechnology of resistance
  • Shellie McMurdo & Laura Mee, Haunted tape: Video, horror and nostalgia

14.30-14.45: Virtual Coffee break 

14.45-16.15: Panel 4 

Persisting Practices

Chair: Nazan Haydari 

  • Philipp Seuferling, Persisting media practices: An approach to historicize media in contexts of refugee governance
  • Sergio Minniti, A “biographical” approach to retromedia practices: The case of Polaroidism
  • Juliette de Maeyer & Will Mari, Acoustic phone couplers: An enduring analog-to-digital “bridge” technology for news workers
  • Alexia Cappuccio, Can the radio still produce quality journalistic information? Work, roles, and news production of the French public radio journalists

16.15: Concluding remarks (Gabriele Balbi, Berber Hagedoorn, Nazan Haydari)

To register and join the virtual program through Webex, please send an email to until September 8, 2021. 

For more information, please visit the post-conference website:

New issue of Medien & Zeit

  • Editorial: Christina Krakovsky, Josef Seethaler, Christian Schwarzenegger, Valerie Schafer & Gabriele Balbi
  • Merja Ellefson: Whose Nation? Memories of the 1918 Finnish Civil War in Military Magazines
  • Balázs Sipos: How to turn an enemy into friend – and vice versa. Pro-Soviet and anti-Soviet extreme right propaganda in Hungary
  • Ely Lüthi: Media and Communication as Swiss Cohesive Forces? The Role of Radio and Supercomputing in Gluing the Country
  • Simon Ganahl: Mapping Austrofascism and Beyond. Report on the Digital Research Project Campus Medius
  • Rezensionen

This issue is related to our last section workshop in Vienna (2019)

Editorial available at :

Call for Papers – ECREA Communication History Section Workshop, Luxembourg 2022

A ECREA Communication History Section Workshop, co-sponsored by the ICA Communication History Division

History of Digital Media and Digital Media Historiography

2-4 February 2022, Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH), University of Luxembourg 

The digital turn has had a transformative effect on all media, and it has also influenced the way in which media and communication history is shaped, written and disseminated. 

First, it has had an impact in terms of devices, distribution, production and content, as well as access and participation. Looking at these changes with the lenses of history is beneficial, because it helps contextualizing “revolutions” and continuities with the past. Consequently, the history of digital media can be seen as a new label for media histories related to digital politics, economics, technologies and cultures shaped by digitalisation. But it also deals with analogue media which have been digitised or have resisted digitisation is a new and relevant field. 

But at the same time, the digital turn is also affecting the shaping of media and communication history in various ways. It has changed the way in which media historians work at several levels, from access to sources and the creation of corpora based on digitised press outlets to audiovisual databases and web archives containing online press coverage, social media posts, tweets from journalists, etc. Moreover, the impact can also be seen in the tools scholars use to research and write media history, which often now rely on computational methods (network analysis, sentiment analysis, text mining, etc.) or new forms of storytelling. 

For this workshop, the ECREA Communication History Section is therefore calling for scholarly presentations that shed light on changes and continuities in the process of digitalisation, both now and in the past, or that explore historical practices, with the aim of providing a new perspective on media and communication studies and historiography in the digital age. 

The goal is to improve our understanding of the transition to digital technologies in various media (e.g. computerisation in media devices, digital production and practices, hybrid broadcasting or online switching), the overlaps between analogue and digital and the various issues raised by this transition, and the challenges, patterns, adaptations and controversies that have emerged during the process. 

The legacies of analogue and past models in current digital practices are also crucial if we are to understand the media response to the emergence of digitalisation. Proposals that explore the co-shaping of technological, economic and cultural changes and their influence on media professions, users and audiences are also very welcome. 

The way in which these changes have affected and transformed the work of media and communication historians is also a central theme of the workshop. We will also explore the way in which media and communication historiography has adapted, integrated, questioned and analysed media history in recent decades as a result of digital technologies, whether digitised or born-digital sources, databases, the “data deluge”, computational methods and new digital narratives. The workshop therefore aims to assemble a broad portfolio of perspectives on the topic covering a variety of historical periods, national or supranational settings and media stakeholders. We are interested in research that addresses the full scope of media and communication history from the advent of printing to the digital age.

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