Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


16 September 2016

Media, Memory, History: New directions

Presented By Emily Keightley, Thoralf Klein, Sabina Mihelj
  • Loughborough, West Park Teaching Hub WPT 006

About this event

Although issues of memory and history are intrinsically linked, debates about mediated memory and media history often evolve in separate ways, take place in distinct conference circles, and are disseminated through separate publications outlets.

This one-day workshop brings together media historians and media and memory scholars of different disciplinary backgrounds, and seeks to stimulate a cross-disciplinary discussion about the shared challenges and new directions in researching media, history and memory. The following are some of the issues and questions that could be addressed at the workshop:

  • What are the main challenges and shared concerns of media history and media and memory studies? What can media historians and memory studies scholars learn from one another?
  • Can vernacular memories of media use offer a useful tool for researching media history? On the other hand, how can media history contribute to a better understanding of the mediation of vernacular memory?
  • How is the transnational / transcultural circulation of memories related to the transnational / transcultural aspects of media history? Is the transnationalization / transculturation of memory a recent phenomenon, arising from the growing transnationalisation, transculturation and globalization of media industry, or is there reason to argue that both media industries and mediated memories have always been in some ways transnational?


9:30 Welcome
Emily Keightley, Thoralf Klein and Sabina Mihelj

9:45 Stories Without Borders: The Making of a Global Iconic Event
Julia Sonnevend (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Oral History Interviews on Media Use: Chances and Challenges
Kirsten Bönker (Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg)

11:45 Memories of what? On genre and media memory
Jérôme Bourdon (Tel Aviv University and Ina SUP, Paris)

12:30 Lunch break

14:00 Children’s media, history and memory: intergenerational and material encounters at the Story of Children’s Television exhibition
Amy Holdsworth (University of Glasgow)

14:45 Newtonian Cultural Memory: Between Macro-Chaos and Micro-Collapse
Michael Schudson (Columbia University)

15:30 Coffee break

16:00 Designating the Golden Age: media and nostalgias of (g)old times and spaces
Katharina Niemeyer (Université Paris 2)

16:45 Concluding discussion

17:15 End of workshop