Stephanie Seul new member of the network

IMG_8886 - KopieStephanie Seul is a Lecturer in Media History at the Department of Cultural Studies (FB 9) of the University of Bremen, and a senior researcher at Deutsche Presseforschung, a research institute for press and media history. She was trained as a historian at the Universities of Munich and Cambridge (UK) and earned a Ph.D. from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) with a thesis on Chamberlain’s appeasement policy and the British propaganda campaign directed at the German public. Her research focuses broadly on the history of transnational media and communication in the era of the two world wars, on the representation of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust in the media; on the history of the BBC and British propaganda; on the German-Jewish press, and on female war correspondents during the First World War.

Recent publications include ‘A female war correspondent on the Italian front, 1915-1917: The Austrian travel journalist and photographer Alice Schalek.’ In: Journal of Modern Italian Studies (forthcoming 2016); Revisiting transnational broadcasting: The BBC’s foreign-language services during the Second World War. Special Issue of Media History 21,4 (2015), guest edited together with Nelson Ribeiro; ‘“Plain, unvarnished news”? The BBC German Service and British propaganda directed at Nazi Germany, 1938-1940.’ In: Media History 21,4 (2015); ‘Transnational Press Discourses on German Antisemitism during the Weimar Republic: The Riots in Berlin’s Scheunenviertel, 1923.’ In: Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 59 (2014); ‘“Herr Hitler’s Nazis Hear an Echo of World Opinion”. British and American press responses to Nazi anti-Semitism, September 1930 – April 1933.’ In: Politics, Religion & Ideology 14,3 (2013).

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Forum 5 at Häckeberga castle

Next week the fifth EMHIS forum will take place at Häckeberga castle, just outside Lund. The focus this time is to give feedback on texts from the various  research projects that is in the making. Click here for a detailed programme.

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Video: Hans-Ulrich Wagner “Media after 1945: Continuities and New Beginnings”

Hans-Ulrich Wagner, head of the Centre for Media History in Hamburg and Senior Researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institute in Hamburg, talks about the joint work on a handbook chapter and clarifies the concept of entanglement in media history.

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Video: Tony Stoller “Broadcasting the Berlin Wall concert, December 1989”

Tony Stoller, Visiting Professor at the Centre for Media History at Bournemouth University, gives insight into his post-doc research idea about the impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall on classical music radio.

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Bridging the boundaries of Venice

No less than six of us EMHIS scholars were eager to attend the ECREA Communication History conference in Venice, Italy, on Sept 16–18th. The overall theme of the conference was ”Bridges and Boundaries” and the site was the Warwick University’s seat in Palazzo Pesaro Papafava. The organizers’ aim was to foster interdisciplinary dialogue around the history of communication, media, networks and technologies, to explore the bridges and boundaries between different fields of research, and to encourage the participants to exchange ideas about how communication history is being done, but also how it might be done in the future.

kyrkaThe innovative and non-traditional format of the conference was centered around very short 5-minute presentations focusing on theories, concepts and sources, which left plenty of room for extended round table discussions. Especially interesting – but also challenging – was the ambition to find the bridge between the work of early modern scholars with research of the digital environment and the group of phenomena we call ”new media”.

At the conference, EMHIS was represented by Marie Cronqvist, Hugh Chignell, Maike Helmers, Johan Jarlbrink and Hans-Ulrich Wagner. The EMHIS presentation on Wednesday morning, under the panel ”Theories and Models”, was held by Hans-Ulrich, who developed his intervention around the three concepts of EMHIS: entanglement, media, and histories. We all had a wonderful stay in Venice, taking the gondola to work every morning, socializing with each other and with scholars from all over the world, meeting dear old and exciting new friends. And yes, the food and drinks were okay too…

arkivOn Saturday, as I lingered on in Venice in order to catch the latest possible flight back that day, I had the opportunity to visit the city archive. I joined a small group of scholars particularly interested in the very impressive digitization project they are working with there. The ambitious project, called the Venice Time Machine (read more about it here and in an inspiring TED talk by Frederic Kaplan in which he speaks about his idea to construct ”a Google Map or Facebook of the past”), is carried out by the Digital Humanities Laboratory at École Polytechnique Féderale de Lausanne in cooperation with the University Ca’Foscari of Venice. The magnificent aim is to build a multidimensional model of Venice covering more than 1000 years of city evolution by reconstructing a large open access database to be used for research and teaching – and they seem to be well on their way!


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Video: Christoph Hilgert “Die unerhörte Generation”

Christoph Hilgert from Munich’s Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and research fellow at the Hans-Bredow-Institute in Hamburg explains his PhD project about the BBC’s and West-German radios’ debates about young people as well as their programmes for young listeners between 1945 and 1963. Lately his work has been published with Wallstein and is now available for purchase.

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Video: Gloria Khamkar

Gloria Khamkar, PhD candidate at the Centre for Media History at Bournemouth University and a radio professional, describes her PhD research on the Evolution of Asian radio in England between 1960 and 2004.

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Video: Alina Laura Tiews

Alina Laura Tiews, PhD candidate at Münster’s Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität and researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institute in Hamburg, concludes her PhD research on German refugees and expellees as represented in post-war cinema and TV of the divided Germany.

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EMHIS goes video


Over the next couple of weeks, we are going to publish a series of six video clips on this website, which feature individual and joint research projects by EMHIS members. Through these videos, we want to show the variety of themes, questions and approaches of studying media history with regard to forms of entanglement that are discussed by the EMHIS network.

The clips are part of an audiovisual experiment that has been initiated for EMHIS by Gloria Khamkar, PhD researcher at the Centre for Media History at Bournemouth University, Alina Tiews, PhD student and researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institute in Hamburg, and Christoph Hilgert, postdoctoral research fellow at the Hans-Bredow-Institute in Hamburg.

The idea is to present ongoing or recently accomplished research done by the EMHIS members not only in the traditional way of written articles, but also in an audiovisual form. We aim to produce forms of more elaborated videos or audiovisual essays in the future.
The forthcoming six videos were filmed at the Miramar Hotel during the EMHIS Forum IV in Bournemouth in May 2015. Gloria Khamkar and Roger Shufflebottom (Technical Tutor) at the Media School of Bournemouth University did the post-production.

Each scholar is talking on three main subjects in their respective video clip: the topic of the research project, the methodology, and the respective key findings.

Please forgive us possible shortcomings in the way the clips are arranged. We hope that you will have as much fun watching these video clips as we had shooting and producing them!

Gloria, Alina & Christoph

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New EMHIS-member


Kate Terkanian, who joined Bournemouth University’s Centre for Media History in September 2014, is pursuing a PhD project on Women, Wartime and the BBC. The project will explore women’s roles at the BBC during the Second World War. The project is designed to complement research conducted by Centre members Kate Murphy and Kristin Skoog, who have conducted research on the interwar years, and the post-war years, respectively.

While previous studies of the wartime BBC have focussed on the propaganda efforts aimed at women, there has been limited research into women behind the scenes at the BBC. Kate will explore how the rapidly growing BBC
utilized women staff across the organisation.

Kate has a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Tulsa. Her master’s project examined the use of propaganda in constructing the ideal woman in the United States during World War II. She has also worked in the museum sector in the UK and in commercial and non-commercial television in the US.

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