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8:30 - 17:00: Preconference: Audiences? The Familiar Unkown of Communication Historiography


9:30 - 10:45: Politics, Journalism, and Discourses of Modernity<br />

Room: Aqua Salon AB

Chair: Nicole Maurantonio (U of Richmond, USA)

Respondents: Barbie Zelizer (U of Pennsylvania, USA)

  • Americanization, or The Rhetoric of Modernity: How European Journalism Adapted U.S. Norms, Practices, and Conventions – Marcel J. Broersma (U of Groningen, Belghim)
  • Four Theories of the Press @ 60: Moving Forward (Top Paper in Division) – Maira Vaca-Baqueiro (U Iberoamericana Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico)
  • Moral Shock and Muckraking in the Congo: E.D. Morel’s West African Mail – Linda Jeanne Lumsden (U of Arizona, USA)
  • “Is This Justice?” Charlotta Bass and the Wesley Robert Wells Case, 1950–1954 Rachel Grant (U of Missouri, USA)

14:00 - 15:15: Contested Ground: Globalized News and its Meaning in the 20th Century<br />

Room: Indigo 204B

Chair: Nelson Costa Ribeiro (U Catolica Portuguesa, Portugal)

Respondents: Barbie Zelizer (U of Pennsylvania, USA)

  • International Reverberations: Associated Press’s Expansion Into South America and its Unexpected Consequences – Gene Allen, (Ryerson U, Canada)
  • The Challenge of Nationalism: Reuters and the Indian Press in the Aftermath of the Second World War – Peter Putnis, (U of Canberra, Australia)
  • Survival Through Self-Censorship and Compromise: Re-Establishing Reuters’ News Production in 1950s China – Timothy Sheng-chi Shu (U of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Distance in the Worlds of Events, News, and Subjects – Terhi Rantanen (London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom)

The globalization of news through the operations of news agencies is one of the most significant aspects of world communication in the 20th century. In recent years, detailed studies have shown that while international agencies such as Reuters and Associated Press systematically brought the news systems of many other countries into their orbit – which included their conceptions of newsworthiness – this was usually a negotiated process in which local news organizations and/or governments could assert their own priorities. In this panel, four scholars with deep backgrounds in news-agency research examine different aspects of how the globalized news system evolved.

17:00 - 18:15: Promiscuous Concepts: Histories of Forward-Looking Technology, Ideas, and Institutions<br />

Room: Indigo 202A

Chair & Respondent: Fred Turner (Stanford U, USA)

  • The Cybernetic History of Corporate Speech – Jennifer Petersen (U of Virginia, USA)
  • How to Become a Famous Media Scholar: The Case of Marshall McLuhan – Jefferson D. Pooley (Muhlenberg College, USA)
  • A New Kind of Network: Donald Davies and Nonsynchronous Communication – Fenwick McKelvey (Concordia U, Canada)
  • Obama’s Startup and the Roots of Productive Failure – Stephanie Schulte (U of Arkansas, USA)

Communication scholars have focused on the movement of ideas, explaining the process variously as diffusion, media ecologies, cultural imperialism, hegemony, and, more recently, data visualization, or even memology. As scholars grapple with the fluidity of ideas in public life, the lines often blur between cultural, legal, political, and business history. This panel explores how ideas have traveled in and through people–unconventional intellectuals like technologists, self-styled cyberneticists, engineers, lawyers, and McLuhan-quoting ad men–as the vernacular intellectuals themselves have traveled between business, academia, government and other sites, with accretions and adaptations along the way.


8:30 - 9:15: Buried Media: Archaeologies, Histories, Practices<br />

Room: Sapphire 410A

  • Down the Dependency Tree: Exploring the Materiality and Politics of Software Preservation – Michael Stevenson (U of Groningen, The Netherlands) & Robert William Gehl (U of Utah, USA)
  • Buried Data Flows: Towards Situated App Analysis – Carolin Gerlitz (U of Siegen, Germany)
  • Media Archaeology and “Always Off” Connection – Germaine Halegoua (U of Kentucky, USA)
  • Subterranean Communication Networks: Contingency, Exigency, and Paris’s Pneumatic Post – Molly Steenson (Carnegie Mellon U, USA)
  • Time Capsules, WayBack Machines, and TimeHop Technologies: Material-Semiotic Histories of the Archive – Megan Sapnar Ankerson (U of Michigan, USA)

11:00 - 12:15: The Voices, Sounds, and Ideologies of Broadcast Cultures<br />

Room: Sapphire 410B

Chair: Lars Lundgren (Sӧdertӧrn U, Sweden)

Respondent: Eleanor Patterson (U of Iowa, USA)

  • Broadcast Architecture as an Alternative Historical Source. An Archaeological Intervention Into the History of Romanian Television – Dana Mustata (U of Groningen, The Netherlands)
  • Interconnection, Spectrum Allocation, and Geopolitics: The Development of British Radio Policy for the 1903 International Radio Conference – Rita Zajacz (U of Iowa, USA)
  • Producing Milton Friedman’s Free to Choose: How Libertarian Ideology and Corporate Money Became Broadcasting “Balance” – Caroline Jack (Data & Society Research Institute, USA)
  • The Transnational Mediatization of the Air: Reshaping a “Natural” Space Through Wireless-Related Fields, 1900–1910s – Maria Rikitianskaia (U della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland) & Gabriele Balbi (U della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland)
  • Voices of the Occupation: How France Listened to U.S. Radio, 1937–1944 – Derek W. Vaillant (U of Michigan, USA)

17:00 - 18:15: Interactive Poster Session<br />

Room: Exhibit Hall – Rear

Chairs: David W. Park (Lake Forest College, USA) & Nicole Maurantonio (U of Richmond, USA)

  • Communication Research at the Global Level: A Social and Semantic Network Analysis of International Communication Association – Ke Jiang (U of California – Davis, USA) & George A. Barnett (U at Buffalo, SUNY, USA)
  • Gays and Feminists: Public Memory and Historiographic Discourse – Travers Scott (Clemson U, USA)
  • Photographic Objects: Posing and the Construction of Identity in the Victorian Portrait Studio (Top Poster Presentation in Division) – Annie Rudd (U of Calgary, Canada)
  • Right to Mourn: Trauma and Empathy in the Jeju April 3 Peace Park – Suhi Choi (U of Utah, USA)
  • Sightseeing in the School: Visual Technology and Virtual Experience in American Education, 1900–1929 – Katie Day Good (Miami U, USA)
  • Surveilling Pacifists in Cold War America: The Quakers, the FBI, and the First Amendment – Kathryn A. Montalbano (Neumann U, USA)
  • The South Through British Eyes: Journalism of Thomas Butler Gunn at the Dawn of the Confederacy – Michael Fuhlhage (Wayne State U, USA)
  • “Conspicuous Success”: Ebony and Sepia Magazines’ Coverage of the Korean War, 1950–1953 – Mia Anderson (U of South Alabama, USA)


  • Michael S. Griffin (Macalester College, USA)
  • Michael Meyen (U Munich, Germany)
  • Brian Dolber (SUNY College at Oneonta, USA)
  • Jefferson D. Pooley (Muhlenberg College, USA)
  • Kathy Roberts Forde (U of Massachusetts – Amherst, USA)
  • Richard K. Popp (U of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, USA)
  • Nicole Maurantonio (U of Richmond, USA)


9:30 - 10:45: Money Talks: Histories of Money, Credit, and Payment as Communication Technologies<br />

Room: Sapphire 400B

Chair: Caroline Jack (Data & Society Research Institute, USA)

  • The Bank of England as a Ruin: Currency as Communication of the Future – Finn Brunton (New York U, USA)
  • Paying With Data: How the Credit Card Became an Instrument of Consumer Surveillance – (Josh Lauer, U of New Hampshire, USA)
  • From Exchange to Extraction, or Smart Phones and the History of Payment – Michael Palm, (U of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, USA)
  • Faster, Farther, Further: A Communication History of Payment – Lana Swartz (U of Southern California, USA)

In recent years a variety of experiments—from Apple Pay to Bitcoin to community currencies—have emerged, promising to reinvent the form of money itself. Many in such experiments have begun to rethink the very infrastructures through which people pay, save, measure, and transfer value, often by harnessing new communication technologies. Despite their claims to revolutionary novelty, these emerging forms of payment draw upon logics and practices much older than the microprocessor. The papers that constitute this panel surface these histories. Together, the panelists demonstrate that histories of money engage with key problems of communication studies, including temporality, surveillance, labor, value, sovereignty, information, and flow — and make an argument for understanding money, payment, and credit in terms of communication.

15:30 - 16:45: Technologies of Communication: History, Policy, and Economy<br />

Room: Aqua 307

Chair: David W. Park (Lake Forest College, USA)

Respondent: Stephanie Schulte (U of Arkansas, USA)

  • Can Code Communicate? Can Programmers Read? Early Digital Copyright and the History of Computational Thought – Daniel M. Sutko (North Carolina State U, USA)
  • Investigating “The Telephone of Tomorrow”: The Histories and Fictions of the Picturephone – Hannah Spaulding (Northwestern U, USA)
  • Simultaneous Observation: The Scientific Correspondence Network of Nicolas-Claude Febri de Peiresc (Top Student Paper in Division) – Gal Beckerman (Columbia U, USA)
  • “The Thing as a Whole”: Conglomerates and Totality in Late Modern Thought and Media – Richard K. Popp (U of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, USA)

17:00 - 18:15: Communication History Division Business Meeting <br />

Room: Acqua 307

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18:30 - 22:00: Communication History Division Reception<br />

Location: Bubs at the Ballpark

A joint reception with LGBTQ Studies, and Sports Communication


9:30 - 10:45: Researching Communications Between Memory and History<br />

Room: Aqua 314

Chair: James Stanyer (Loughborough U, United Kingdom)

Respondent: Emily Keightley (Loughborough U, United Kingdom)

  • The Future of Memory and History Research in Communication Studies – Julia Sonnevend (U of Michigan, USA)
  • Constructing Organizational Pasts and Personal Futures – Michael Schudson (Columbia U, USA)
  • Remembering (& Forgetting) in the News: Investigating Global-Local Dynamics With a Historical Perspective – Pawas Bisht (Keele U, United Kingdom)
  • Reclaiming the Place of History in Media/Memory Studies – Jerome Bourdon (Tel Aviv U, Israel)

This panel explores the distinctive interventions of history and memory studies in communications research and the difficulties and possibilities involved in working across these two fields. We aim to initiate a rapprochement between historical and mnemonic approaches to communications in order to avoid the pitfalls of each, and to address a number of the theoretical, conceptual and methodological questions and challenges for media, culture and communications scholars that this raises.

11:00 - 12:15: Porn, Public Opinion, Poland and More: Topographies of Advocacy and Activism<br />

Room: Aqua Salon E

Chair: Lynn A. Comella (U Nevada – Las Vegas, USA)

Co-sponsors: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies, Mass Communication, Journalism Studies, Feminist Scholarship

  • Two Steps Forward, One Step Back? Amazon’s Transparent, Ecological Systems Theory, and the Changing Dynamics of Family – Amy B. Becker (Loyola U Maryland, USA) & Maureen E. Todd (Towson U, USA)
  • Transnational Gay and Lesbian Press at the Twilight of the Cold War in Poland – Lukasz Szulc (U of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Namma Pride Namma Media: Media, Discourse and the LGBT community in Bengaluru, India – Kailash Koushik (Florida State U, USA)
  • Contextualizing Western LGBT Identity Politics: A Critical Analysis of the Indonesian LGBT Movements’ Responses to Anti-LGBT Vitriol – Dyah Pitaloka (National U of Singapore, Singapore) & Hendri Wijaya (U of Sydney, Australia)
  • Lesbian Pornography and Cultural Production in 1980s San Francisco: On Our Backs and the Emotional Labor of Sexual Transgression – Lynn A. Comella (U Nevada – Las Vegas, USA)

14:00 - 15:15: Why Internet Histories, Now?<br />

Room: Indigo Ballroom A

Chair: Gerard Michael Goggin, U of Sydney, Australia

Co-sponsor: Communication and Technology

  • Out From the PLATO Cave: The Prehistory of Social Computing – Steven Jones (U of Illinois, Chicago, USA), Guillaume Latzkototh (U Laval, Canada) & Louis-Jacques-Casault (U Laval, Canada)
  • A History of Operationalizing Digital Divides – Bianca Christin Reisdorf (Michigan State U, USA) & William H. Dutton (Michigan State U, USA)
  • The Long History of the Internet – Sandra Braman (Texas A&M U, USA)
  • Notes From /dev/null – Finn Brunton (New York U, USA)
  • African Histories of the Internet – Herman Wasserman (U of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • The Internet as a Structure of Feeling: 1992–1996 – Thomas Streeter (U of Vermont, USA)
  • Internet Posthistory – Alexander Campbell Halavais (U of Washington, USA)

This roundtable reflects upon an emerging area of communication history research – Internet histories. Featuring leading figures in this nascent venture, the roundtable will take up and discuss key questions, including: Why Internet histories, now? How might we frame and present the major theoretical, methodological, and/or empirical gaps in existing research on Internet histories? What are the conceptual and methodological opportunities of doing Internet histories? What are the challenges for doing Internet histories that are genuinely international in character, given the wide variety of languages, cultural locations, social contexts, and institutional settings? What are the archival and material conditions of the material of Internet histories?

14:00 - 15:15: Early Communications Research and Visual Instruction, 1919-1950<br />

Room: Indigo 204B

Chair: Jefferson D. Pooley (Muhlenberg College, USA)

Respondent: Brenton J. Malin (U of Pittsburgh, USA)

  • Coming to Our Senses: Toward a Participatory Classroom and Culture, 1919–1946 – Katie Day Good (Miami U, USA)
  • Edgar Dale, The Department of Visual Instruction, and an Instruction of the Senses – Brian C Gregory (St. Francis College, USA)
  • Edgar Dale and Communications Demography in U.S. Audio and Visual Military Instruction During WWII, 1941–1945 – Josh Shepperd (Catholic U of America, USA)

With notable exceptions on the history of technologies in education, the social, cultural, political, and economic history of technologies for instruction remains almost entirely unmapped by research. This panel looks at foundational relationships between communication methodologies in classrooms, at federal departments, and with the military, in the political and institutional development of Communication as an academic discipline. This panel attempts to detail the formative period of media instruction by providing contextualization for media literacy as a form of training and sense instruction in formal education institutions.