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The Media and Communication History Committee of the Canadian Historical Association was established in 2009. Our goal is to promote media and communication history in Canada.
Operating in both official languages, the MCHC welcomes scholars from any discipline who are interested in studying any aspect of Canadian media and communication history as well as those based in Canada who are working on the media and communication history of other parts of the world. The committee also welcomes those interested in how history is represented in the media.
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CALL FOR PAPERS
Transnational Travels of Books and Print Media: Historical Studies, Theories, Methods and Questions
A Special Joint Session Sponsored by
The CHA Media and Communication History Committee & The Bibliographical Society of Canada
Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, May 2014(Canadian Historical Association/Bibliographical Society of Canada)
Media commentary about the Internet frequently remarks on the breakdown of national borders that cyberspace facilitates, a circumstance that allows for the development of international readerships for online publications.
How seriously should we take the implicit claim in such commentary that the phenomenon of publications crossing borders is a new one? Are there not many historical precedents, small and large, for books (manuscript or printed) and print media (of all kinds) that have made transnational travels in physical form and achieved international readerships? Does the existence of international copyright agreements dating back into the nineteenth century not testify to the fact that books and print media are veteran travellers?
We invite proposals for papers that reflect on the theme of “Transnational Travels of Books and Print Media: Historical Studies, Theories, Methods and Questions.” We welcome papers that offer accounts of particular books or print media that have crossed borders, of publishers who have marketed their publications at both home and abroad, or of the historic trials and triumphs of international copyright. We also encourage papers that theorize the phenomenon of physical publications that travel beyond their domestic market, or interrogate the methodological challenge of researching such works.
Please submit a 250-word proposal, a one-page curriculum vitae, your contact information, and a description of AV needs to: Janet Friskney at firstname.lastname@example.org (for BSC members) or Barbara Freeman at email@example.com (for CHA members).
Deadline for proposals: Oct. 1, 2013.
New Award: Best Paper by a Graduate Student in Media and Communication History
The Media and Communication History Committee/Comité de l’histoire des médias et de la communication of the Canadian Historical Association/Société historique du Canada is very pleased to announce a new award for Best Paper by a Graduate Student in Media and Communication History.
The award will be granted for the first time in the spring of 2014. It will be given to the graduate student or postdoctoral fellow who, in the opinion of the selection committee, presents the best paper (in English or in French) on a subject related to the history of media and communication to the annual meeting of the Canadian Historical Association/Société historique du Canada. (Papers must first be accepted for presentation at the CHA meeting; this year’s deadline for proposals is Oct. 18.) In addition to the honour of winning the award, a modest cash prize ($250) will be given.
Anyone who wishes to be considered for the 2014 award should notify the Secretary of the MCHC (Gene Allen: firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1, 2014, and should submit the completed paper by April 21.
Please note that we define “media and communication history” very broadly. If you are not sure whether your work qualifies (or have any other questions about the award), please contact me for clarification.
Communication history courses in Canada
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A Bibliography of Media and Communication History for 2011 , compiled by Barbara M. Freeman. For earlier publications, see www.mediahistory.ca, a bibliography website compiled and maintained by Duncan Koerber.
Allen, Gene. “North American Triangle: Canadian Press, Associated Press and Reuters, 1918-1939.” In International Communication and Global News Networks: Historical Perspectives. Edited by Peter Putnis, Chandrika Kaul and Jurgen Wilke. New York: Hampton Press, 2011. [International Association of Media and Communication Research book series.]
Auer, Monica L. "Is bigger really better? TV and radio ownership policy under review." Policy Options, 28:8, September 2007, 78-83.
Babe, Robert E. Media, Structures, and Power. The Robert E. Babe Collection. Edited by Edward Connor. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011
Bourrie, Mark. The Fog of War. Censorship of Canada’s Media in World War Two. Vancouver and Toronto: D&M Publishers, Inc. 2011.
Diamantopoulos, M. (Ed.).Thirty Years of Journalism and Democracy in Canada: The Minifie Lectures, 1981-2010. Regina, Canadian Plains Research Center, 2009.
DiCenzo, Maria, with Lucy Delap and Leila Ryan. Feminist Media History. Suffrage, Periodicals and the Public Sphere. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Dick, Michael. “Twenty years of unnecessary forward slashes: Critiquing narratives of the development of the Web.” In The Long History of New Media: Technology, Historiography and Contextualizing Newness. Edited by D. W. Park, N.W. Jankowski, & S. Jones. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2011, 145-159.
Druick, Zoë. "Visualising the world: The British documentary at Unesco." In The Projection of England: A history of the GPO Film Unit. Edited by Scott Anthony and James G. Mansell. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, 272-280.
Dubois, Judith. “L’information internationale dans le quotidien La Presse au tournant du XXe siècle. Une progression marquée par l’attrait de la proximité.” Communication, 28 (2), 2011. http://communication.revues.org/index1758.html
Edge, Marc. “An accidental success story: The forced diversification of Quebecor Media.” Journal of Media Business Studies 8(3), Fall 201, 69-87.
Freeman, Barbara M. Beyond Bylines. Media Workers and Women’s Rights in Canada. Kitchener-Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011.
Freeman, Barbara M. ‘‘A Public Sense of Ourselves’: Communication and Community-building in Canada’s LesbiaNews/LNews, 1989–98.” Westminister Papers in Communication and Culture, 8:3, 2011, 145-167. Available online at http://www.westminster.ac.uk/research/a-z/camri/wpcc
Grandy, Karen. “Bylines, Headlines, Gender Lines: Women in Canadian Business Magazine in the late 1970s.” Canadian Journal of Media Studies 9.1 (2011): 1-32.
Hadlaw, Jan. “Saving Time and Annihilating Space: Discourses of Speed in AT&T Advertising, 1909–1929.” Space and Culture 14, no. 2 (2011): 85-113.
Koerber, Duncan. “Style over Substance: Newspaper Coverage of Early Election Campaigns in Canada, 1820-1841.” Canadian Journal of Communication, 36:3, 2011, 435-453.
Koerber, Duncan. “The Role of the Agent in Partisan Communication Networks of Upper Canadian Newspapers.” Journal of Canadian Studies. 45:3, 2011, 137-165.
Le Ray, Éric, Ed. “Le livre numérique : promesses et périls,” États du Québec 2011, Ed Boreal, 2011, 402-406.
Marquis, Dominique. “`Monsieur le rédacteur…’ ou quand les lecteurs de La Vérité prennent la plume. Analyse d’une correspondance, 1887-1888,” Média 19, 2011, http://www.medias19.org/index.php?id=303
MacLennan, Anne F. “Reading Radio: The Intersection Between Radio and Newspapers for the Canadian Radio Listener in the 1930s.” In Radio and Society: New Thinking for an Old Medium. Edited by Matt Mollgaard. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012, 16-29.
Moore, Paul S. “The Social Biograph: Newspapers as Archives of the Regional Mass Market for Movies.” In Explorations in New Cinema History. Edited by Richard Maltby, Philippe Meers, and Daniel Biltereyst. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011, 269-279.
Panayotidis, E. Lisa and Paul Stortz, "The Mythic Campus and the Professional Life: A. Scott Carter's Pictorial Map of the University of Toronto, 1937."History of Education Review [Australia] 40, no.1 (June 2011): 9-29.
Rosner, Cecil. Behind the Headlines: A History of Investigative Journalism in Canada. Paperback edition with a new introduction. Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada, 2011.
Spencer, David R. “Fact And Fiction.” In The American Journalism History Reader. Edited by Bonnie Brennen and Hanno Hardt. New York and London: Routledge Publishers, 2011, 452-466.
VanderBurgh, Jennifer. "("Who Knows?) What Remains to be Seen: Archives and Other Pragmatic Problems for Canadian Television Studies." In Canadian Television: Text and Context. Edited by Marian Bredin, Scott Henderson, and Sarah Matheson. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2011, 39-57.
Vipond, Mary. The Mass Media in Canada (4th edition). Toronto: James Lorimer, 2011.
Wasson, Haidee and Michael Zryd, conveners. “Roundtable: History of Canadian Film Studies.” [Kay Armatage, André Gaudreault, John Locke, Peter Morris, Maurice Yacowar.] Ciné-Forum section. Canadian Journal of Film Studies 20, no. 1 (2011): 117-137.
Young, Jay. "Defining a Community in Exile: Vietnam War Resister Communication in AMEX Magazine, 1968-1973." Histoire sociale/Social History vol. 44, no. 87 (May 2011): 115-147.
OFFICERS OF THE MCHC
Chair: Mary Vipond, professor emeritus, Concordia University - email@example.com
Secretary-Treasurer: Gene Allen, Ryerson University - firstname.lastname@example.org
Liaison/Outreach: Barbara Freeman, professor emeritus, Carleton University - barbara_Freeman@rogers.com
Click here to view the constitution of the Media and Communication History Committee.
CONSTITUTION OF THE MCHC
The mandate of the Media and Communication History Committee (MCHC) is to promote media and communication history in Canada. Operating in both official languages, it welcomes scholars from any discipline who are interested in studying any aspect of Canadian media and communication history as well as those based in Canada who are working on the media and communication history of other parts of the world. The committee also welcomes those interested in how history is represented in the media.
Article 1: Name
The name of the organization is the Media and Communication History Committee (MCHC)
Article 2: Associations
The MCHC is a sub-committee of the Canadian Historical Association (CHA). It also maintains a relationship with the Canadian Communication Association (CCA) through one member of the executive, who shall be a member of the CCA and shall maintain direct and regular contact with the president of the CCA.
Article 3: Non-profit status
The organization shall be carried on without purpose of gain for its members, and any profits or other accretions to the Committee shall be used to promote its objectives.
Article 4: Membership
The organization is open upon payment of the stipulated dues to anyone interested in furthering the purposes of the Committee. There will be two categories of members: general and student. The category of general member will include any person with an interest in the goals of the Committee, whether connected with an academic institution or not. Student members will pay dues of one-half those of general members.
Article 5: Annual General Meeting
Final authority resides in the membership of the MCHC as exercised in the Annual General Meeting (AGM). An AGM will normally be held once every calendar year, in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Under no circumstances can there be more than 18 months between meetings of the AGM. If circumstances warrant, the AGM can be conducted via conference call or teleconference to meet the requirements of this article.
The purpose of the AGM is:
- to elect officers for vacant positions on the Executive Committee, by simple majority.
- to set membership dues to cover projects the membership decides to pursue
- to report on the activities of the Executive Committee
Article 6: Executive Committee
The Executive Committee consists of the following officers: Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and CCA liaison. The Executive Committee conducts the affairs of the MCHC between annual meetings. At least one member of the Executive Committee should be a francophone.
Chair: The Chair calls and presides over the AGM, supervises and reports on all activities of the MCHC, and serves as liaison between the Committee and the CHA.
Secretary: The Secretary is responsible for maintaining the minutes of the Committee. The secretary will perform the duties of the Chair in his/her absence. The Secretary will be responsible for the maintenance and periodic upgrading of the MCHC website and for maintaining an archive of MCHC business.
Treasurer: The Treasurer is responsible for the finances of the Committee, the collection of membership fees, and shall report income and expenditures to the AGM. All dues are to be safely deposited in a chartered bank or credit union approved by the Executive Committee.
CCA Liaison: The CCA Liaison will be a person who is a member of the CCA, responsible for maintaining regular contact with the President of the CCA, particularly with respect to the timing of annual meetings, joint sessions, and other joint projects.
Executive members are normally elected for a two-year term. After two years, they may be re-elected for another term of one or two years.
Article 7: Other Committees
Committees may be formed by the executive on an ad hoc or permanent basis to undertake projects of interest to the members, including for example the establishment and awarding of prizes to support scholarship on media and communication history in Canada. Committees will be elected by the AGM or the executive, and will choose their own chair, who will be responsible for reporting activities to the Executive Committee.
Article 8: Amendments
The constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of members present at the AGM.