Jane Chapman on Comparative and Interdisciplinary Media History

Please join us at the next Media History seminar for a presentation by Professor Jane Chapman and a response by Dr Tom Wright. The meeting will take place at 6pm on Tuesday January 24 in Senate House Room 243. All welcome.

“Double the Work, but Double the Scope? Researching Comparative and Interdisciplinary Media History”

Comparative media history using content from beyond the English-speaking world and the British Empire is still relatively unexplored as a field for publication. This presentation proposes a way forward, by identifying the existence of transnational themes that emerged from the reality of print communications during the long 19th century: modernism, “orientalist” trade, cultural and scientific exchange, design, and fashion. Focusing on Germany, France and Japan, the pros and cons of an interdisciplinary approach are discussed in relations to science periodicals in Europe, women’s uses of periodicals in the late nineteenth century, periodicals for ex-patriot communities and satirical publications.

Jane Chapman is Professor of Communications, and a comparative media historian, specializing in late 19th– and early 20th-century newspaper history — both illustrative and textual. She is the author of ten books, including Comparative Media History (Polity, 2005), and of more than 30 articles and book chapters. She is currently running 3 AHRC grants on the First World War. She is a member of AHRC and ESRC Peer Review Colleges, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a research associate at Wolfson College Cambridge, and a long term visiting Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney. Her University of Lincoln staff profile can be found here.

Respondent: Tom F. Wright is a Lecturer in English and American Studies at the University of Sussex. He is the author of Lecturing the Atlantic: Speech, Print and an Anglo-American Commons 1830-1870 (2017) and editor of The Cosmopolitan Lyceum: Lecture Culture and the Globe in Nineteenth Century America (2013). He has published numerous articles on nineteenth-century media, literary and cultural history, and is completing the volume on Orality for Routledge’s New Critical Idiom series. His broader project is a book tracing the emergence of the idea of charisma in the transatlantic long nineteenth century. His Sussex profile can be found here.

 

Steve Connor on Psychotechnographies

Please join us at this year’s first Media History seminar for Steve Connor’s talk titled ‘Psychotechnographies: Why All Machines Are Writing Machines’. We’ll be meeting at 6pm on Tuesday October 18 in Senate House Room 104.

Steve Connor is Grace 2 Professor of English in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge. His most recent books are Beyond Words: Sobs, Hums, Stutters and Other Vocalizations (Reaktion 2014); Beckett, Modernism and the Material Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2014); and Living By Numbers: In Defence of Quantity (Reaktion/Chicago University Press, 2016). He is at work on a book called Dream Machines about the history of imaginary machines and mechanisms. Further info is available at his website: http://stevenconnor.com/

All are welcome. Further information is available through the Institute of Historical Research and the Institute of English Studies.

Media History Seminar Programme 2016-17

Here’s the provisional schedule for this year’s Media History Seminar jointly run by the Institute of English Studies and Institute of Historical Research. The seminars will take place at Senate House on designated Tuesdays starting at 6pm. Everyone is welcome.

“Media History” Programme 2016-17:

Session 1 (18 October 2016):

Prof. Steve Connor (Cambridge)

“Psychotechnographies: Why All Machines Are Writing Machines”

Senate House Room 104

Session 2 (8 November 2016):

Dr Amanda Wrigley (Westminster)

“BBC Radio as ‘a new and exciting means of education’ in the interwar years”

Dr John Wyver (Westminster)

“The arts on early television and the BBC’s cultural mission in the interwar years”

Senate House Room 243

Session 3 (24 January 2017):

Prof. Jane Chapman (Lincoln)

“Double the Work, but Double the Scope? Researching Comparative and Interdisciplinary Media History”

Senate House Room 243

Session 4 (28 February 2017):

Prof. Marianne van Remoortel (Ghent)

“Pioneer or Copycat? The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine in its European Context”

Respondent: Dr Birgit Van Puymbroeck (Ghent)

Senate House Room 243

Session 5 (16 May 2017):

Dr Simon Rowberry (Stirling)

“Resurrecting the Ebook: A media archaeological excavation of the Kindle’s development, 1930-2007”

Senate House Chancellor’s Hall

The schedule will be updated and additional information provided about the talks in due course. In the meantime, please save the dates.

This seminar is generously supported by the Media History journal, Queen Mary University of London’s English Department, the Institute of English Studies, and the Institute of Historical Research.

Alice in Cableland

The Media History seminar & Nineteenth Century Studies seminar are pleased to be holding a special joint session titled “Alice in Cableland.” 2016 sees the 150th anniversaries of the successful laying of the Atlantic Cable and the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The team on the AHRC-funded project “Scrambled Messages: The Telegraphic Imaginary 1857-1900” will be thinking about the issues involved in coding, cabling and communications technologies through the medium of John Tenniel’s  illustrations of Carroll’s classic.

The panel will include Anne Chapman (PhD Candidate, KCL), Caroline Arscott (Professor of Art History, The Courtauld Institute of Art), Clare Pettitt (Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, KCL), Natalie Hume (PhD Candidate, The Courtauld Institute of Art), and Cassie Newland (Postdoctoral Researcher, KCL).

More info about the project can be found here: http://www.scrambledmessages.ac.uk/

The seminar will take place on Thursday May 12 at 6pm in the Senate House Court Room. All are welcome!

Further details about the seminar are available through the Institute of Historical Research (http://www.history.ac.uk/) and the Institute of English Studies (http://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/).

Media History Seminar with Sean Cubitt

Please join us at the next Media History seminar for Sean Cubitt’s talk ‘Implications of Colour: Commodity, Biopolitics and Environment’. The meeting will take place at 6pm on Thursday March 3 in Senate House Room G37.

Here’s a brief overview of the talk:

In the late mediaeval and early modern period, colour was anchored to minerals, animals and plants and semantically organised. Its status was contested between the Enlightenment and Romanticism in an argument over its physical or psychological nature that would meet an almost accidental resolution in 1931. That resolution was itself spurred by the commodification enabled by synthetic dyes derived from coal and later from oil. The history of practices associated with and affordances of inks, dyes and pigments, the substance of the visual, allows us access to histories of standardisation and commodification that reveal contemporary relations between human, technological and natural worlds.

And a bio:

Sean Cubitt is Professor of Film and Television at Goldsmiths, University of London. His books include Finite Media: Environmental Implications of Digital Technologies (forthcoming 2016); The Practice of Light: A Genealogy of Visual Technologies from Prints to Pixels (2014); Digital Aesthetics (2009); The Cinema Effect (2005); Simulation and Social Theory (2001); Videography: Video Media as Art and Culture (1993); and Timeshift: On Video Culture (1991). He has also edited or co-edited Ecomedia: Key Issues (2015); Digital Light (2015); Relive: Media Art Histories (2013); Rewind: Artists’ Video in Britain 1970s and 1980s (2012); The Ecocinema Reader: Theory and Practice (2012); Studying the Event Film: Lord of the Rings (2008); The Third Text Reader on Art, Culture and Theory (2002); and Aliens R Us: The Other in Science Fiction Cinema (2002). You can read more about his research interests here: http://www.gold.ac.uk/media-communications/staff/cubitt/

All are welcome. Further information about the seminar is available through the Institute of Historical Research (http://www.history.ac.uk/) and the Institute of English Studies (http://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/).

Media History Seminar with Laura Marcus

Please join us at the next Media History seminar for Laura Marcus’ presentation on ‘The Mediated Rhythms of the Modern’. We’ll be meeting at 6pm on Thursday February 18 in Senate House Room 104.

Laura Marcus is Goldsmiths’ Professor of English Literature and Fellow of New College at Oxford. Her book publications include Auto/biographical Discourses: Theory, Criticism, Practice (1994), Virginia Woolf: Writers and their Work (1997/2004), The Tenth Muse: Writing about Cinema in the Modernist Period (2007; awarded the 2008 James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association), Dreams of Modernity: Psychoanalysis, Literature, Cinema (2014), and, as co-editor, The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature (2004). You can read more about her research interests here: http://www.english.ox.ac.uk/about-faculty/faculty-members/permanent-post-holders/marcus-laura

All are welcome. Further information about the seminar is available through the Media History blog (https://mediahistoryseminar.wordpress.com/), the Institute of Historical Research (http://www.history.ac.uk/), and the Institute of English Studies (http://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/).

Media History Seminar on the ‘Editor-Function’

All are welcome at the next Media History seminar to hear Matthew Philpotts’ talk titled ‘So, what DO editors do? The Editor-Function and the German Literary World in 1930’. The seminar will take place on Thursday January 21 at 6pm in Senate House Room G37.

Here’s a brief overview of the presentation:

Taking as my starting-point Patten and Finkelstein’s wide-ranging discussion of the role of the Victorian periodical editor, in this seminar I shall explore the diverse realisations of the ‘editor-function’ in a synchronic corpus of ten German-speaking literary and intellectual journals from the year 1930. From the extreme ‘editorial singularity’ (Timms) of the performer-editor Karl Kraus in Die Fackel to the ideologically conditioned collective-editors of the Marxist revolutionary Die Linkskurve, from the established collector-editor Martin Bodmer in Corona to the young opportunist-editor Martin Raschke in Die Kolonne, I shall examine the relationship between the discursive attribution of editorship and the reality of editorial practice. Throughout, the emphasis will be not so much on the historically specific German case as on the typological and generic conclusions that can be drawn from it.

And a bio:

Matthew Philpotts is Senior Lecturer in German Studies at the University of Manchester. He co-authored the history of the East German literary magazine Sinn und Form (2009) and recently guest edited a special issue of Victorian Periodicals Review (Return to Theory, Fall 2015). He is currently completing a monograph on the role of the periodical editor in twentieth-century Europe. You can read more about him here: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/research/matthew.philpotts/personaldetails

Further information is available through the Institute of Historical Research (http://www.history.ac.uk/) and the Institute of English Studies (http://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/).