Communication History Division Program

ICA 2019 – Washington, D.C.

Saturday, May 25

News Production and Radical Protest

25 May, 2 PM – 3:15 PM, Tenleytown East (Washington Hilton First Floor)

Chair: Gene Allen, Ryerson University

  • Christopher Cimaglio, Carthage College, “`Labor on the March’: Radical Journalism and the White Working Class in the 1930s U.S.”
  • Rachel Grant, Xavier University, “`Women from All Walks of Life’: Advocating for Black Womanhood in the Rosa Lee Ingram Case, 1949-1954”
  • Cristina Mislán, University of Missouri, “Imagining the Cuban Revolution of 1959: The Black Press Speaks Back”
  • Brandon Storlie, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “`How Did They Ever Let Things Get to This’?: Protest Coverage and Wisconsin’s 1967 Dow Riot”

Discussant: Felecia Ross, The Ohio State University

Gender, Memory, and Media

25 May 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM, Embassy (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

Chair: Lars Lundgren, Sodertorn University

  • Maria Celeste Wagner, University of Pennsylvania, “Women as the Symbolic (Re)Builders of the Nation: Women’s Day Posters in East Germany (1945-1961)”
  • Zhouxiao Xie and Lei Zhang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, “The Invention of Media Tradition: When Ritualized Media Practices Meet Festival Traditions in Families’ Memories”
  • Anna Litvinenko, Freie U Berlin, “Memories on Demand: Narratives about 1917 in Russian Authoritarian Publics”
  • Muira McCammon, University of Pennsylvania, “Fragments of the Furhrer (Bunker): A Multi-Methods Exploration in Post-War Berlin”

Discussant: Stephanie Seul, University of Bremen

Communication History Business Meeting

25 May, 5 PM – 6:15 PM, Monroe (Washington Hilton, Concourse Level)

Communication History Reception

25 May, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Monroe (Washington Hilton, Concourse Level)

Sunday, May 26

Communication Praxis and Authoritarian Regimes

26 May, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM, Van Ness (Washington Hilton First Floor)

Chair: Derek Vaillant, University of Michigan

  • Gene Allen, Ryerson University, “Reporting `with Freedom’: Associated Press in Germany, 1933-1941”
  • Nelson Ribeiro, Universidade Católica Portugesa, “West-East Entanglements During the Cold War: Shortwave Broadcasting and Propaganda From and to Portugal”
  • Emily Blout, University of Virginia, “Revisiting the History of Media in Iran: The Role of the US Military and Diplomatic Mission in Commercial Development and Nationalization, 1958-1978”
  • Anke Fiedler, Ludwig-Maximilian-U Munich, “Commemorative Culture Reloaded: Germany’s Troubled Past in Right-Wing Counterpublic Discourse”

Discussant: Maria Celeste Wagner, University of Pennsylvania

Materializing Media: Critical Intersections in Infrastructure Histories

26 May, 2 PM – 3:15 PM. Lincoln West (Washington Hilton, Concourse Level)

Chair: Benjamin Peters, University of Tulsa

  • Rachel Plotnick, Indiana University, “The Dirt on Clean Rooms: The Mutual Vulnerability of Humans and Machines in Computer Chip Production”
  • Zenia Kish, University of Tulsa, “Reaping and Sowing: Historicizing Agricultural Infrastructure in Ghana”
  • Josh Lauer, University of New Hampshire, “Credit as Infrastructure, Debt as Data: Consumer Credit Surveillance and the History of Compulsory Sharing”
  • Bo An, Yale University, “Chineseness and Digital Technologies”

Discussant: Fred Turner, Stanford University

Monday, May 27

Mediating the American Women’s Suffrage Movement: New Historical Perspectives for the Centennial

27 May, 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM, Cardozo (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

  • Jinx Broussard, Louisiana State University, “African American Women: Fighting for Racial Equality Through the Vote”
  • Carolyn Kitch, Temple University, “Mediating Memory of Women’s Suffrage in the United Kingdom and the United States”
  • Linda Steiner, University of Maryland, “Inventing and Defending New Women in Nineteenth Century Suffrage Journals”
  • Maurine Beasley, University of Maryland, “After Suffrage: Moving in Uncharted Waters”

Moderator: Kathy Forde, University of Massachusetts

Communication History Interactive Poster Session

27 May, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM, International Terrace (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

  • Yuchao Zhao, Chinese University of Hong Kong, “A Culture of Continuity: Intimacy Practices of Chinese Migrant Workers through a Prism of History”
  • Elisabetta Ferrari, University of Pennsylvania, “Bodies that Matter, Bodies that Don’t: Selective Dismemberment in the early Wired magazine (1993-1997)”
  • Lori Roessner, University of Tennessee, “Negotiating Jimmy Carter’s Rabbit-Bitten Reelection Campaign: The President, The Media, and Images of Crisis”
  • Benjamin Burroughs, University of Nevada – Las Vegas, “A Cultural Lineage of Streaming”


  • Kit Hughes, Colorado State U,
  • Lars Lundgren, Sodortorn University
  • Rick Popp, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Travers Scott, Clemson University

Global/Institutional Correspondences

27 May, 5 PM – 6:15 PM, Columbia 9 (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

Chair: Derek Vaillant, University of Michigan

  • Rita Zajacz, University of Iowa, “The Influence of International Expansion on the National Identities of Communications Multinationals: The Navy and the State Department’s Approach in the 1930s”
  • Julide Etem, Indiana University, “A History of Educational Film Center in Turkey”
  • Kit Hughes, Colorado State University, “The People’s Network: Satellite Business Television, Narrowcasting, and the Cultural Turn in Global Corporate Efficiency Projects, 1975-1997”
  • Tewodros Workneh, Kent State University, “Natural Monopoly in the Era of Deregulation: Historicizing the Role of the World Bank and China in the Ethiopian Telecommunication Sector”

Tuesday, May 28

Rethinking the Past and Charting the Future of Communication History

28 May, 9:30 AM -10:45 AM, Columbia 7 (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

Chair & Discussant: Jefferson Pooley, Muhlenberg College

  • Bernat Ivancsics, Columbia University, “Objectivity as Norm and Form in Print Journalism in the United States, 1880-1920”
  • Dyfrig Jones, Bangor University, “Paul Lazarsfeld and the Media Reform Movement”
  • Frances Corry, University of Southern California, “A Revolution in Record-Keeping: Historicizing Big Data-Driven, Predictive Policing”
  • Anna Loup, University of Southern California, “Writing Internet Histories in the Network Society: Developing a Multicultural Global Histories Analytical Framework”

Who and What Make News: Cultures and Controversies

28 May, 2 PM – 3:15 PM, Tenleytown West (Washington Hilton, First Floor)

Chair: Nicole Maurantonio, University of Richmond

  • James Hamilton, University of Georgia, “Boundary Production in Practice: Amateurs, Professionals, and Amateur Journalism in the 19th Century United States”
  • Christian Schwarzenegger, University of Augsburg, “Exile Media as Voices for a World Beyond and in-Between Boundaries: The Austro American Tribune and the Struggle for a Sense of `Us’”
  • Richard Popp, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, “People Who Read People: Supermarkets, Modernity, and Mass Audiences in 1970s America”
  • Stephanie Seul, University of Bremen, “Women Reporting the First World War, 1914-1918”

Discussant: Caitlin Cieslik-Miskimen, University of Wisconsin-Madison