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Michele Hilmes <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 27 Sep 2006 09:07:51 -0500
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>Dear All,
>Please find below the latest call for papers from Westminster Papers in
>Communication and Culutre.
>Best Wishes
>Daniel Day
>Call for Papers: Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture
>What is Media History?
>(Volume 4, Issue 3) Autumn, 2007
>Over the past three decades the study of media history has emerged from the
>academic shadows into an interdisciplinary limelight. No longer the sole
>preserve of subaltern scholars in the fields of history, literary or media
>studies, the subject has grown in importance and in scope encompassing a
>wide range of genres across a variety of media forms.  As the discipline of
>media studies increasingly discovers its historical hinterland, so too
>historians have come to view the media as much more than simply useful
>primary sources, but rather as fundamental actors in the historical process
>and thus worthy of study in their own right.
>The rise of new media technologies has led to claims of an unprecedented
>democratisation of the study and recording of the past, while the
>relationship between the mass media and historical representations, whether
>fictionalised or factual, is one that often engenders controversial debate
>in both the film and broadcasting industries. Moreover, in an era of media
>globalisation there are questions to be asked about how academics approach
>the study of the historical development of communications that moves beyond
>national boundaries to engage with global and comparative accounts.
>As a consequence Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture invites
>submissions from a wide range of backgrounds that operate in or seek to
>problematise the study of media history and the numerous ways in which it
>is approached.  In addition to theoretical reflections we especially
>encourage original empirical research that highlights
>epistemological/methodological issues whilst engaging with actual
>historical experience.
>Possible topics include but are not limited to:
>       Global Media Histories;
>       Comparative Media Histories;
>       History, Media and Memory;
>       Time, Place and the Media;
>       Newspaper History;
>       Broadcasting History;
>       Film History;
>       History and New Media.
>Applicants may submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to Daniel Day at
>[log in to unmask] The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Friday 22nd
>December 2006. For accepted articles the deadline for submission is Monday
>30th April 2007. Further details of WPCC are available at

Michele Hilmes
Professor of Media and Cultural Studies
Director, Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
Department of Communication Arts
University of Wisconsin-Madison

6040 Vilas Hall
821 University Ave.
Madison, WI  53706

608-262-9953 fax 

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