History is one of the most well-established themes in the study of communication. Recent years have witnessed an intensification of this interest in history. Those doing historical work in communication now have a designated home in the International Communication Assocation: the Communication History Division.
The notion of 'communication history,' in this division, pulls together no fewer than three major areas of research:
I) The History of Communication, including Media History
This branch of communication history involves research that concerns itself with issues in the history of communication praxis. What is commonly called media history will be a major component of this area of communication history. Much of the historical work in the field of communication addresses this set of issues.
II) The History of the Idea of Communication
Scholars who address this issue take on one of the fundamental task of understanding how communication has been conceptualized, as well as how and why these conceptualizations have changed over time.
III) The History of the Field of Communication
This subfield in communication history provides a home to those who ask questions about how the study of communication has developed. Much as other social sciences (including psychology, sociology, anthropology,
and economics) feature subfields that address their own histories, the history of the field of communication allows us to engage in a reflexive dialogue concerning the strengths and weaknesses of the institution of communication studies.
The purpose of this Interest Group is to promote theory, research, and professional education in the history of communication. This Interest Group will bring together scholars who face similar intellectual and methodological challenges.
NEWS OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Spanish Association of Communication Historians International Conference:
Humor in the History of Communication
21-23 Oct 2013
Papers are invited for presentation at the 13th Conference of the Spanish Association of Communication Historians, on the topic “Humor in the history of communication”, which shall be held from the 21st to the 23rd of October 2013, at the Faculty of Journalism at the U of Castilla-La Mancha, in Cuenca (Spain).
Contributions should fit within any of the four thematic sections of the conference: ‘Humor in the history of communication’, ‘Historiography of the press’, ‘The construction of national imaginaries: theocracies and new religions’, and ‘Media businesses in the history of journalism’.
Paper proposals may not exceed 500 words and should include title, author information, and an abstract containing the research question or hypotheses, method and results. Authors should also indicate to which of the four thematic sections they would like to submit their contribution. Paper proposals should be sent to the following e-mail address: email@example.com
Deadline for paper proposals: 15 September 2013
Paper acceptance shall be communicated on a rolling basis until 21 September 2013
Full text for inclusion in the conference proceedings: 15 November 2013
Conference website: http://blog.uclm.es/congresohc/
Local organizer: Faculty of Journalism, U of Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca Campus http://www.uclm.es/cu/periodismo/international.asp