CFP: British and Irish press history (deadline 8.5!)

A press history conference is looking for submissions. The conference is titled Communities of Communication II: Newspapers and Periodicals in Britain and Ireland from 1800 to 1900 will be held 10th-11th September 2015. It is organised by the Office of Lifelong Learning, University of Edinburgh.

The first part of the conference was held at Sheffield University’’s Centre for Journalism Studies in September 2014.

Deadline for papers or 20-minute presentations is extended to 8th May 2015. Read more about submission guidelines here.


[spoiler title=’Suggested topics’ collapse_link=’true’]

  • Case Study: Individual publications of note; important/significant editors/owners/journalists
  • Thematic Overview: 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
  • Public Identity: Assessments of regional and 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
  • Movement of Information: The movement of print information across space and time
  • Networks: Print and media networks and communication structures
  • Society & Communication: Contextualisations of press and newspaper activity within a social history of communication
  • Technological, Political & Cultural Influences: Contextualisations of print media as shaped by technological, political and cultural forces
  • Circulation: Surveys of the extension and expansion of readership
  • Migration: Patterns of migration and national, regional, global communication exchanges
  • Regional Publishing: Analyses of newspaper and periodical publishing in specific cities or regions
  • Printing Press: The newspaper and periodical press as a physical artifact
  • Visual Culture: Aspects of visual culture, including graphic design, illustration and technological developments in both newspaper and periodical press.
  • Journalism: The commodification and professionalisation of journalism and the periodical press
  • Readers’ Correspondence: The role of the reader in press interactions, such as through letters pages, editorials and responses to and engagements with media campaigns.[/spoiler]


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