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CHD Precon CFP Now Available

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The call for papers for the 2016 CHD-sponsored preconference, “Crossing Borders: Researching Transnational Media History”. The preconference, co-sponsored by ECREA’s Communication History Section, is scheduled for June 9 in Fukuoka, Japan.

Minutes from San Juan 2015 Business Meeting

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The minutes from the CHD Business Meeting are now available. Thanks to CHD Secretary Nicole Maurantonio for recording the minutes.

The CHD Schedule for ICA San Juan Now Available

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The CHD schedule for the 2015 San Juan ICA conference is now available:

Schedule for CHD Precon Released

Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

On behalf of the Communication History division of ICA, we're pleased to announce the schedule for our preconference “Communications and the State: Toward a New International History,” to be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (The larger ICA conference runs from May 21-25.)

The preconference includes 24 papers by emerging and established scholars examining connections between communications and states from many different perspectives. (See the detailed schedule below.) The papers range from national to transnational in scale, cover a variety of communications media, and present a wide diversity in temporal and geographic scope.

In our closing plenary, three highly regarded scholars (Daniel Hallin, Richard John and Adrian Johns) will assess the current state of scholarship in this many-sided field.

We hope members of the ICA Communication History division and ICA members generally will join us for what promises to be a stimulating and memorable day.

The registration fee is $85 (U.S.), and the preconference will be held at the Condado Hilton, a 15-minute walk from the main conference hotel.

To register for the preconference, click here:

We hope to see you there!

Michael Stamm, Gene Allen

ICA Communication History division

Preconference schedule:

Communications and the State: Towards a New International History

May 21, 2015

Condado Hilton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico

8:30 a.m.: Welcome

8:40-10:00: Communications and the state in the early modern era

  • The Cotswold Olimpick Games: Sport, Politics and Faith in early modern England, Mark Brewin (The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States)

  • Three thirteenth-century travel accounts of missions to the Far East, Kathryn Montalbano (Columbia University, New York, United States)

  • A Republic Run as a Chamber of Commerce: The Role of the State in Structuring Communications in Renaissance Venice, Juraj Kittler (St. Lawrence University, New York, United States)

  • The Post Office and State Formation in World Historical Time, Lane Harris (Furman University, South Carolina, United States)

10:00-10:15: Coffee

10:15-11:35: Communication networks — mail, telegraph, telephone

  • Communications and the States: The Swiss Influence on the origins of ITU, 1855-1876, Gabriele Balbi (Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland), Simone Fari, Giuseppe Richeri.

  • Mail Order Fraud, Postal Inspectors, and the Remaking of Consumer Capitalism in the United States, 1850-1900, Rick Popp (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, United States)

  • Media of Resistance: Organizing the Anti-Colonial Movements in the Dutch East Indies, 1920-1927, Rianne Subijanto (University of Colorado Boulder, United States)

  • International Copyright and Access to Education: A History, Sara Bannerman (McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada)

11:35-12:40 p.m.: Lunch (participants provide their own lunch)

12:40-2 p.m.:

International Dimensions of Broadcasting and the State

  • News and Propaganda in the Cold War: Associated Press and the Voice of America, 1945-1952, Gene Allen (Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada)

  • Colonization through Broadcasting: Rádio Clube de Moçambique and the Promotion of Portuguese Colonial Policy, Nelson Ribeiro (Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal)

  • A House Divided: The SABC during World War Two, Ruth Teer-Tomaselli (University KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)

  • Subsidizing Content and Conduit: Global Wireless Communications and the State, Heidi Tworek (Harvard University, Massachusetts, United States)

Communications and the State: The Case of Germany

  • A Story of Transition and Failure? The State and the East German Media Reform 1989-1991, Mandy Tröger (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States)

  • Presence and Absence: The Berlin Wall as a Strategic Platform, Samantha Oliver (University of Pennsylvania, United States)

  • Heads of State as Communicators “ A Comparative Analysis of State of the Union Addresses of American Presidents and * Regierungserklärungen of German Chancellors since 1945/49, Thomas Birkner (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, Germany)

  • The Necessary Restraints of National Security: Cold War U.S. Government-Journalism Negotiations and the Communist Reaction, Mike Conway (Indiana University, United States) and Kevin Grieves (Ohio University, United States)

2 p.m.-2:15: Coffee


The State and Infrastructure

  • How the French State did not Construct Nicholas Schöffer's Tour Lumière Cybernétique?, Dominuque Trudel, New York University, United States)

  • The phantom of the phone booth: Toward a material and cultural history of the telephone in Israel, Rivka Ribak, Michele Rosenthal and Sharon Ringel (University of Haifa, Israel)

  • Minitel and the State, Julien Mailland (Indiana University, United States) and Kevin Driscoll (Microsoft Research, United States)

  • Connected and Divided: Satellite Networks as Infrastructures of Live Television, Christine Evans (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, United States) and Lars Lundgren (Södertörn University, Sweden)

The State and Communication Across Borders

  • Media, Communications and the State in the Nordic Region: The History of the Media Welfare State Trine Syvertsen and Gunn Enli (University of Oslo, Norway), Ole J. Mjøs and Hallvard Moe (University of Bergen, Norway)

  • 'Home Is Where Your Heart Is': Mediated Longing for the State, Ekaterina Kalinina (Södertörn University, Sweden) and Manuel Menke (Augsburg University, Germany)

  • Theorizing Political Communication Policies, Tim Vos (University of Missouri, United States)

  • Commercial cross-border radio: Popular culture, advertising, and the erosion of state communication power in comparative perspective: Britain, India and America,“ John Jenks (Dominican University, United States)

3:45-5:00: Closing plenary: The State of the Field

  • Daniel Hallin (University of California, San Diego)

  • Richard John (Columbia University)

  • Adrian Johns (University of Chicago)

ICA Preconference on “Communications and the State”

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The ICA Communication History Division is once again sponsoring a preconference, scheduled for May 21, 2015 on the opening day of this year's San Juan conference. This year's preconference theme is “Communications and the State: Toward a New International History,” and organized by Gene Allen and Michael Stamm. See the call for papers and other details at the preconference page.

Minutes from the Seattle Business Meeting Now Available

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The minutes from the 2014 CHD business meeting are now available for download [pdf].

London Minutes From CHD Business Meeting Now Available

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The minutes from the CHD Business Meeting at the 2013 ICA conference in London are now available [pdf download].

Memory Studies Book Series Discount for CHD Members

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Palgrave Macmillan have just published Journalism and Memory, edited by Barbie Zelizer and Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt.

  • ‘Here is a pioneer whole about journalism and memory relationships: two subjects seemingly contradictory and incompatible. This book will be a standard reference work.’ – Pierre Nora

  • ‘Journalism and Memory sets the agenda for new research in memory studies. With a stellar cast of contributors, it renders visible the decisive role that journalism plays in the making of collective memory’ – Astrid Erll

In order to celebrate the publication of the 25th title in the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies series, Palgrave Macmillan is offering a 20% discount to CHD members on all titles in the series. Just quote ‘XP356ED’ when ordering directly from Palgrave Macmillan to claim your discount. You can browse all titles in the series here:

Please be aware that when ordering, the code is requested at the end of the process.

You can also email your order, quoting the code, to

This code is valid until 25th May 2014.

We are actively commissioning new titles for the series, so if you’d like to discuss a book idea or submit a proposal, please contact one of the Series Editors (Andrew Hoskins, or John Sutton, or Felicity Plester at Palgrave (

Precon Schedule Now Online

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The schedule for CHD’s preconference is now available online. The preconference, “Making Sense of Memory & History,” has a full lineup of roundtable panels for May 22, at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry. Nicole Maurantonio and David W. Park are the precon’s co-organizers.

Message from John Laprise on White House IT Policy Declassification

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sharon Traweek’s recent post on the SIGCIS listserv about declassification and US government records has prompted me to make an announcement to scholars who are potentially interested such as those in ICA-Comm History. Please feel free to share.

For the past eleven years (six years as a grad student and going on five years as a faculty member), I have been pursuing ongoing research on White House information technology policy. To that end, I have been filing regular and persistent requests at Presidential Libraries (Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush (present)) for documents related to a very wide range of ICT keywords. The keyword list is a living list informed by research. In some cases, these records are available but not yet opened and my filing has the effect of fast tracking their availability. In some cases I’ve filed numerous Freedom of Information Act requests and subsequent appeals to open closed record sets. With classified documents I’ve filed mandatory review requests and subsequent appeals to declassify records. This takes time and persistence. The end result is that in excess of 200k pages of documents are opened that were not previously available on request. This work continues as the Bush Library comes online and I have made the initial requests to open records there.

The long and short of this is that there is a very rich documentary record open and available to interested scholars.

Best regards,

John Laprise, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication in Residence

Northwestern University in Qatar

Northwestern University