deadline for submissions: 
February 1, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Media History Seminar

Call for Papers


Media History Study Day 2020 is an opportunity for postgraduate students (PGRs) and early career researchers (ECRs) working on any aspect of media studies to share and discuss their work in a collegial, multidisciplinary environment. ECRs/PGRs working on media from any time period, social/cultural context, or perspective are invited to participate, including, but not limited to, those examining book history, broadcast media, electronic media, ephemera, film, journalism, media theory, newspapers, periodicals, or print culture. 



DATE: Wednesday, March 18, 2020       TIME: TBD–19:30

LOCATION: Birkbeck, University of London, 43 Gordon Square, London

KEYNOTE: Dr. Rebecca Roach, University of Birmingham, 18:00–19:30


The Study Day’s theme, “MEDIA LIVES,” broadly considers the concept of life in the media, embracing everything from interviews, influencers, and self-representation to the lives and lifecycles of old and new media. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Agency
  • AI and the Lives of Machines
  • Autobiography/Biography/Diaries/Media Identities/Self-Representation/Life-writing/Subjectivity
  • Blogging/Microblogging/Bots
  • Celebrity
  • Collaboration
  • Data-driven Subjects/Dividuals/Black-boxing
  • Dis/ability
  • Gaming lives
  • Influencers
  • Interfaces
  • Interviews
  • Invisible labour or participants
  • Lifespans of media and technologies
  • Lives in the media archive
  • Long Runs/Short Runs of newspapers, periodicals, serials, or series

While PGRs/ECRs are encouraged to share work that resonates with the theme, submissions on all media-related subjects are welcome. Participants will give 10-minute presentations on their works-in-progress followed by a 5-minute discussion of a question/problem related to their research. Research posters or presentations in alternative formats will also be considered. 

The Study Day is free. It will include a workshop on the ethical implications of conducting research in digital environments/on digital topics facilitated by Dr. Rebecca Roach from the University of Birmingham. Coffee, tea, and lunch will be provided by the Study Day’s sponsors. Participants are responsible for their own travel costs.



ABSTRACT DEADLINE: Early career researchers and postgraduate students interested in participating in Media History Study Day 2020 should submit a 100-word abstract and 40-word bio to before midnight on February 1, 2020. If you would like to share a poster or use an alternative presentation format, please include details along with your abstract. 


For more information, please visit or contact Ann M. Hale,



Media History Study Day 2020 is sponsored by Media History, an interdisciplinary journal that focuses on media and society from the fifteenth century to the present; the Media History Seminar, a London-based interdisciplinary group working on a range of media including print, radio, film, and digital communications technologies from various time periods; Queen Mary University of London the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies; the Institute of English Studies; and the Institute of Historical Research.