Perception, Reception: The History of the Media in Society

4-6 July 2012

Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK

The 4th Media History Conference, hosted by the Centre for Media History, Aberystwyth University, will address the ways in which people have understood the social, cultural and political roles of the media from the 15th to the 21st centuries in a national and international context.

Participants include:

Garth Jowett, University of Houston – Keynote

Gabriele Balbi, Laurel Brake, Hans-Frederick Dahl, Michael Harris,

Mark Hampton, Aled Jones, Chandrika Kaul, Kate Lacey,

Jason McElligott, Darrell Newton, Sean Nixon, Sian Nicholas,

Tom O’Malley, Michael Palmer, Mandy Powell, Joad Raymond,

Joanne Shattock, Mark Turner, Kevin Williams

Conference panels will interrogate from a range of perspectives the kinds of understandings that have accompanied the development of the media (both print and electronic) across time and across different nations and cultures. Themes include: theories of the media; media responses to other media; broadcasting as an agent of conservatism or change; diplomacy, persuasion and the media; war and the press; the media and education; journalists and journalism; perceptions of the role of the press across time; the media and intellectual movements; and regulating the media.  The conference will also include specially convened round table discussions on the media in the early modern and modern periods.

  • The provisional programme and registration details can be found at the Centre For Media History. The closing date for registration is 6 June 2012.

‘Perception, Reception’ is jointly organised by the Centre For Media History, Aberystwyth University, the journal Media History ,the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin and Swansea University. Additional enquiries can be directed to one or more of the following: Dr Sian Nicholas, Professor Tom O’Malley, Dr Jason McElligott, or Professor Kevin Williams.