CHD Programming for the 2018 ICA Conference

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Mediating Identities: Race, Class, and Gender

8:00 to 9:15, Hilton Old Town, M, Liszt

Chair: Annie Rudd, U of Calgary

  • A South Korean Liberal and Conservative Newspaper’s Coverage of Women’s Movements in the Country, Won-Ki Moon, U of South Carolina
  • Confederate Collective Memory and the Robert E. Lee Monument in Richmond, Virginia, Chloe Lynn Nurik, U of Pennsylvania
  • Worker’s Struggles, Ideological Struggle and the News: How National Imaginary and Anticommunism Defined Journalistic Professionalism and Identity in the West, Jairo Lugo-Ocando, U of Leeds; Antje Glück, U of Leeds
  • ‘Improving the Race’: The Discourse of Science and Eugenics in Local News Coverage, 1905-1922, Rachel Grant, U of Missouri; Christina Mislan, U of Missouri

Respondent: Kathy Roberts Forde, U of Massachusetts—Amherst

Modern Visual Cultures

9:30 to 10:45, Hilton Old Town, M, Chopin

Chair: David W. Park, Lake Forest College

  • Campaign Posters From Adenauer to Merkel: Changes of Communication Strategies for German Bundestag Elections, 1949-2017, Niklas Venema, FU Berlin; Dennis Steffan, FU Berlin
  • Westernization as Resistance: Chinese Photographers Looking out for Changes, 1978-1988, Shi Li, Southern Illinois U
  • Edwardsville Paramount Cooperation: National Advertising Agencies and the Conspicuous Distribution of Feature Films in the United States, Paul S. Moore, Ryerson U
  • Blue Collar Witnesses to Power: The Culture of Photographers at the AP from World War II to Vietnam War, Soomin Seo, Temple U
  • Encountering Cinematic Modernity: Rural Viewers’ Early Interactions With Film in Maoist China, Yanping Guo, South China Normal U

Respondent: Matthew P. McAllister, Penn State U

Radio Voices: Cultures, Networks, and Ideologies

11:00 to 12:15, Hilton Old Town, M, Chopin

Chair: Lars Lundgren, Södertörn U

  • Our Hearts Were Young and Gay: Gender Repair and the Lavender Tinge of Cold War-era U.S.–French Talk Radio, Derek W. Vaillant, U of Michigan
  • Technological Sovereignty in Radiotelegraphy: From the Composite System to the Navy’s Network, 1899-1906, Rita Zajacz, U of Iowa
  • Mass Communication’s Wild West: Tracing the Transmission Model to the Electric Telegraph, Zachary Sapienza, Southern Illinois U—Carbondale; Aaron S. Veenstra, Southern Illinois U—Carbondale; John L. Hochheimer, Southern Illinois U—Carbondale; Kestas Kirtiklis, Vilnius U
  • Capturing Flow: The Historical Formation of a Radio Bootlegging Community in the United States, Eleanor Joyce Patternson, U of Iowa

Respondent: Lars Lundgren, Södertörn U

Nation, Narrative, and Histories of News

14:00 to 15:15, Hilton Old Town, M, Chopin

Chair: Samantha Oliver, U of Pennsylvania

  • Nationalism, Business and Journalism: Japan and the Reorganization of the International News System, 1922-1935, Gene Allen, Ryerson U
  • Elite Newspapers as Indicators of Political Crisis: The Rise of National Socialism, 1927–1932, Gabriele Melischek, Austrian Academy of Sciences; Josef Seethaler, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Caught Between Business, War and Politics: Late Medieval Roots of the Early Modern European News Network, Juraj Kittler, St. Lawrence U
  • A Forum for Self-reflection on the Jewish War Experience: The German-Jewish Press, 1914-1918, Stephanie Seul, U of Bremen
  • Expanding Narrative Journalism: How a National Writing Movement Coalesced in the United States, Thomas R. Schmidt, U of Oregon

Respondent: John Nerone, U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Data Takes Command: Histories of Commercial Information Systems in the Late Twentieth Century

15:30 to 16:45, Hilton Old Town, M, Dvorak I

  • Ungovernable Algorithms: Early Efforts to Regulate Consumer Credit Scoring, Josh Lauer, U of New Hampshire
  • Driven by Data: Automatic Speech Recognition and the Informatic Imperative, Xiaochang Li, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
  • Consumer Surveillance at the End of History: Digital Marketing and Sensemaking in the 1990s, Caroline Jack, Data & Society Research Institute
  • Mileage and Miles: Ubiquity, Payment, and Mobility, Lana Swartz, U of Virginia

Respondent: Craig Robertson, Northeastern U

Transnational Journalism History: The Transfer of Norms, Practices and Textual Conventions

17:00 to 18:15, Hilton Old Town, M, Dvorak II/III

  • Transnational journalism history: a theoretical framework, Marcel J. Broersma, U of Groningen
  • American ‘Unexceptionalism’ and Journalism of the Early-Modern Era, Debra Van Tuyll, Augusta U
  • The Transnational Origins of Modern Journalism. Professional and cultural entanglements between Barcelona, London and Milan, Pol Dalmau, European U Institute
  • The entangled history of news formats in Germany and abroad, Thomas Birkner, U of Muenster
  • Challenges of Paradigm Change: Comparing Journalism Cultures of Former Communist Bloc Countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Epp Lauk, U of Jyväskylä

Respondent: Michael Schudson, Columbia U


Communication Research and the Production of Knowledge: Paul Lazarsfeld and the Early Days of the Field

12:30 to 13:45, Hilton Prague, LL, Congress Hall I

Chair: David W. Park, Lake Forest College

Remarks from: Elihu Katz, U of Pennsylvania

  • The Value Impregnation of Early Communication Research: The Hidden Story of Paul Lazarsfeld, and the Political Struggle of Audience Research, David E. Morrison, U of Leeds
  • Communication Research in Vienna as the Base for Future Developments of a Field: Predecessors, Competitors and Contemporaries of Paul Lazarsfeld, Christian Fleck, U of Graz
  • Paul Lazarsfeld: The ‘Duel Commitment’ and the Role of the Outsider in the Early Stages of Communication Research, Thomas Petersen, Institute fur Demoskopie Allensbach
  • Growing up in Vienna: Paul Lazarsfeld and the Making of Political Communication Research, Hynek Jerabek, Charles U
  • Normative Research and the Politics of Support: The Case of Paul Lazarsfeld and Television Research, Dyfrig Jones, Bangor U

Voices of Freedom, Voices of Constraint: Race, Citizenship and Public Memory – Then and Now

14:00 to 15:15, Hilton Prague, LL, Congress Hall I

Chair: Sid Bedingfield, U of Minnesota


  • Sid Bedingfield, U of Minnesota
  • Jane Rhodes, U of California, San Diego
  • Kathy Roberts Forde, U of Massachusetts—Amherst

Communication History Interactive Poster Session

17:00 to 18:15, Hilton Prague, LL, Congress Hall II – Exhibit Hall/Posters

  • Historical Legacies of Voice and Militarism: Communicating the Women of the Ku Klux Klan, Abigail Selzer King, Texas Tech U
  • Crossed Signals: The British Labour Government and Cross-Border Commercial Radio after World War II, John Jenks, Dominican U
  • Impudent Snobs: The Liebling Counter-Convention and the Rise of the Elite oF American Journalism, Kevin M. Lerner, Marist College
  • Journalists’ Debates on Education – The Case of the Volontariat in Germany, 1913-1933, Mike Meißner, Université de Fribourg; Niklas Venema, FU Berlin

Poster Session Respondents:

  • Gene Allen, Ryerson U
  • Christina Mislan, U of Missouri
  • Stephanie Seul, U of Bremen
  • Derek W. Vaillant, U of Michigan


Citizen Engagement With Media From Pre-Broadcast to Digital Eras

9:30 to 10:45, Hilton Prague, LL, Vienna

  • The Public Forum: Community Commentary and the Response to Modernity, Caitlin Cieslik-Miskimen, U of Wisconsin-Madison
  • The Right to a Voice: Anti-Media Sentiment in the Age of McCarthyism, Kathryn Jane McGarr, U of Wisconsin-Madison
  • (Electronic) Mailing the Editor: Early Use of Emails and Message Boards by Newspaper Readers in the 1980s and 1990s, William Mari, Northwest U

Respondent: Roderick P. Hart, U of Texas at Austin

Technologies and the Politics of Information

15:30 to 16:45, Hilton Prague, M, Rokoska

Chair: David W. Park, Lake Forest College

  • “Prying Loose the Information Lid”: The First Ten Years of FOIA in the United States, Bernat Ivancsics, Columbia U
  • Television as Labor Technology: AT&T 1953-1979, Kit T. Hughes, Colorado State U
  • From Morse Code to Unicode: Hebrew and the Localization of Code Machines, Ido Ramati, Hebrew U of Jerusalem
  • Crises of Academic Legitimacy in Chinese Public Relations Discipline from 1985 to 2016, Christine Hiu Ying Choy, Chinese U of Hong Kong; Christine Huang, Chinese U of Hong Kong

Respondent: Josh Lauer, University of New Hampshire

Communication History Business Meeting

17:00 to 18:15, Hilton Prague, M, Rokoska

Chair: David W. Park, Lake Forest College

Communication History Reception

18:30 to 20:30, Hilton Prague, M, Rokoska

Chair: [open bar]


Blue Sky Workshop: Doing Communication History: A Methodological

14:00 to 15:15, Hilton Old Town, M, Mozart II

Description: Far from being the sole provenance of historians, work in communication history has long been found across the divisions and interest groups of ICA. This Blue SkyWorkshop brings together scholars interested in historical research on any topic for a roundtable discussion on methodological approaches to interrogating the past. This discussion will be framed by a panel of established scholars who utilize a variety of historical research methods, including but not limited to archival work, interviews and oral history, visual methods, material culture, and digital methods. Participants will leave the workshop with a sense of the breadth and depth of communication history research, as well as a preliminary methodological toolkit that can be utilized in their own endeavors.

Chair: Nicole Maurantonio, U of Richmond


  • Julia Sonnevend, The New School
  • Christian Schwarzenegger, Augsburg U
  • Jennifer Hessler, U of California, Santa Barbara
  • David W. Park, Lake Forest College

Histories of Veracity

15:30 to 16:45, Hilton Prague, M, Tyrolka

Chair: Marcel J. Broersma, U of Groningen

  • Enchanted Facts: Time Inc., Midcentury News, and the Charismatic Corporation, Richard K. Popp, U of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Embarrassing Histories: “He Said, She Said” and Changing Notions of Truth in Journalism, Lucas Graves, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism / UW–Madison
  • From Audimeter to Big Data: Early TV Ratings Technologies and the Mechanization/Domestication of Consumer Surveillance, Jennifer Marie Hessler, U of Califorinia – Santa Barbara
  • Inattentive Subjects: The Emergence of a Photojournalistic Norm, Annie Rudd, U of Calgary

Respondent: Michael Schudson, Columbia U

Digital Media, Digital Sources, Digital Methods: The Dawn of a New Age for Communication History?

17:00 to 18:15, Hilton Prague, M, Palmovka

Chair: Gabriele Balbi, U della Svizzera italiana

  • Don’t Believe the Hype – But Accept Reality. Why the Future of Communication History is Digital and What This Means, Christian Schwarzenegger, Augsburg U
  • Data Literacy is the New Source Critique. How to Handle Mountains of Data for Communication History Research, Erik Koenen, U of Bremen
  • Amplifying the Echoes From the Past: Using Digital Humanities to Excavate Urban Memoryscapes, Paige Gibson, Temple U
  • Amplifying the Echoes From the Past: Using Digital Humanities to Excavate Urban
  • Memoryscapes, Paige Gibson, Temple U
  • Press History in the Digital Age: Tightrope Walk Between Scope and Snare, Lisa Bolz, Stanford U / Sorbonne
  • “Revolution!” They Said. Digital Archives and the Proclaimed Revolution of Media History, Helle Strandgaard Jensen, Aarhus U
  • The medium is the method? Reflections on web history and the computational approach, Anat Ben-David, Open U of Israel
  • Open Sourcing and Communication History: Posting Primary Sources to New Publishing Platforms, Jefferson D. Pooley, Muhlenberg College