The CSF Summer Seminar at Monte Verità, Switzerland titled “Media history from the margins” is calling for papers. The seminar is co-organized by the Universities of Lausanne and Luxembourg, and USI Università della Svizzera Italiana.
“The summer seminar aims to rethink media history from the margins and to place at the center of our attention neglected, alternative, or censured media texts, uses, and technologies. By shifting the discussion from hegemonic actors, dominant institutions, and successful mass media to the fringes of media history, it pursues the double objective of rewriting media history into media histories, and of opening a space to rethink historiographical practices and methods. The writing of marginal histories is inseparable from a reflection on the modes of operation and politics of historical writing: bringing together established and emerging scholars, the seminar investigates what has been left over by hegemonic mass media and hegemonic historical narratives”, the call states.
The seminar is structured in three sections expanding on three days, to which is added a one-day graduate symposium. Titled Marginal Spaces, Marginal Objects, Marginal Times, the thematic axes pay particular attention to geographical and spatial, material and technological, and historiographical aspects of marginal media histories.
An abstract of maximum 500 words and a short bibliography should be submitted by 31 January 2018. Participants will be notified by March 1st, 2018.
Link to the full call for papers.