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.