Call for Panels: Summer School „History of Mediality – Medialities of History“

20.03.2011 Add to calendar

Summer School at the University of Basel, 6-9 September 2011

Aiming to explore recent theoretical and empirical insights into Media History, this Summer School targets three fields of research. The first – and traditional – axis of analysis peruses the development of different media, the technicalities and/or social conditions of their emergence and the social and cultural consequences of their impact. For the pre-modern period, the history of manuscripts, books and pamphlets are the focus of research. For modern history, media such as the popular press, broadcasting, television, digital media etc. form the basis of analysis as they are at the origin of contemporary multimedia societies. The second and more recent perspective, based on McLuhanian or Foucauldian approaches or the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, stresses the media-related characteristics of historical societies and periods. Mediality, understood as a specific constellation of textual, visual and auditive media, is seen as a crucial condition for the communication within and between societies and thus as a fundamental dimension of historical analysis. The third field of research relates to the mechanics of media communication, representation and performance. It examines recent studies based on social science approaches such as network analysis or the concept of the “economics of public attention”.

Along these lines of research fields, the Summer School’s panels and papers may deal with a wide range of subjects from medieval to contemporary history, including the history of media, the history of styles and modalities of communication or technological change, or the mediality of past societies. Contributions dealing with theoretical questions are also welcome.

We invite doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers interested in participating at the Summer School to submit proposals for panels (with 2 to maximum 5 papers each) which deal with the themes mentioned above. Panel proposals should include a title, a short description of the theme addressed (maximum 200 words), titles of the papers included in the panel and a short CV of each of the participants in the panel. Proposals may include a suggestion for potential experts, who might be invited to the Summer School for a comment on your panel. Please send proposals to before the deadline of 20 March 2011. Decisions about the proposals will be announced by the end of April.

The organizers will collect the panel proposals and arrange a provisional programme. Thereafter we will also publish an additional call for papers, addressed to doctoral students interested in submitting single papers.

The Summer School will be hosted at the University of Basel. The Graduate School of History Basel sponsors the event so participants only have to pay a fee of maximum 200 CHF (at current rates, approximately 155 Euro). This does not include accommodation (a group reservation at the Youth hostel will be made) and travel expenses. For students in financial need, the fee might be reduced upon request.

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University of Basel
Christiane Sibille
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Universität Basel, Historisches Seminar
Hirschgässlein 21
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