History of Media Studies

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Upcoming Meetings

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • January 19, 2022

    In this session, we will read Richard Levins's “Dialectics and Systems Theory” (1998) and Angela Xiao Wu's “Journalism via Systems Cybernetics: The Birth of the Chinese Communication Discipline and Post-Mao Press Reforms”.

  • November 17, 2021

    In this session, we will read Armond Towns's “Toward a Black Media Philosophy” (2020) and Wendy Willems's “Re-Reading Habermas in the Context of Slavery and the Slave Trade."

  • October 20, 2021

    In this session, we will read Peter Decherney's “The Museum of Modern Art and the Roots of the Cultural Cold War” (2005) and Nathaniel Brennan's “Content Analysis, Inc.: Producing and Managing Cultural Intelligence at the Museum of Modern Art.”

  • September 15, 2021

    In this session, we will read Hemant Shah's “Lerner at Columbia: The Voice of America’s Turkey Studies” (2011) and Jülide Etem's “US Government-Sponsored Audience Reception Research in Turkey and Modernization through Educational Films.”

  • July 15, 2021

    In this session, we will read David Hollinger's "The Knower and the Artificer" (1987) and Pete Simonson's "Peirce, Nietzsche, and the Modernist Reinvention of Rhetoric".

  • June 17, 2021

    In this session, we will read Peter Galison's “The Ontology of the Enemy: Norbert Wiener and the Cybernetic Vision” (1994) and Katie Bruner's “Seeing the Unforeseen: The Compton Reforms and the Edgerton Flash Unit, 1939-1945”.

  • May 20, 2021

    In this session, we will read Margaret Rossiter's “The Matilda Effect in Science” (1993) and Leonarda García-Jiménez and Esperanza Herrero's “Including Female Voices in the Stories We Tell About Communication Research: Memories and Narratives of Women in Academia.”

  • April 15, 2021

    In this session, we will read Maria Löblich (a member) and Andreas Scheu, "Writing the History of Communication Studies: A Sociology of Science Approach" (2011) and a working paper by two of our members, Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz and Sarah Cordonnier, "French and German Theories of Communication: Comparative Perspectives."

  • March 18, 2021

    In this session, we will read Robert Dahl's “The Behavioral Approach in Political Science: Epitaph for a Monument to a Successful Protest” (1961) and Fenwick McKelvey's “The Modelled American Voter,” draft chapter of VOTER_MACHINE_WORLD: America’s Quest for Computer Models of Elections and  World Affairs. (Note: Also included is the introduction to book section that the draft chapter will appear in. We plan to discuss the entire chapter as well as this introduction, but given the document’s length we will foreground the first of the three models discussed (pages 2 to 18 in the chapter draft) in our discussion.)

  • January 21, 2021

    In this session, we will read Erik Vroons' “Communication Studies in Europe: A Sketch of the Situation around 1955” (2005) and a working paper authored by one of our members, Hynek Jeřábek, “How Empirical Social Research Gained Ascendancy in Post-war France.”

Group Conveners

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    Dave Park

    David Park (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is professor of communication at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL. His scholarship addresses historical topics in communication and media studies, with an emphasis on the history of communication associations, media history, and scholarly communication. He is the reviews editor for New Media & Society, the founder of the Communication History Division of the International Communication Association, and the series editor for the Critical Introduction to Media and Communication Theory series at Peter Lang publishers. He is the author of Pierre Bourdieu: A Critical Introduction to Media and Communication Theory (Peter Lang, 2014). He has also co-edited The History of Media and Communication Research (Peter Lang, 2008), The Long History of New Media (Peter Lang, 2011), The International History of Communication Study (Routledge, 2015), Communicating Memory and History (Peter Lang, 2018), and The Inclusive Vision: Essays in Honor of Larry Gross (Peter Lang, 2018).


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    Jeff Pooley

    Jeff Pooley (PhD, Columbia University) is professor of media & communication at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. His research interests center on the history of media research within the context of the social sciences, with special focus on the early Cold War behavioral sciences. He is author of James W. Carey and Communication Research: Reputation at the University’s Margins (Peter Lang, 2016), and co-editor of The History of Media and Communication Research (Peter Lang, 2008), Media and Social Justice (Palgrave, 2011), and Redrawing the Boundaries of the Social Sciences: How Social Problems Become Economic Problems in the Postwar U.S. (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). He is co-founder of the Society for the History of Recent Social Science, and has published articles and book chapters on a range of related topics.


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    Pete Simonson

    Pete Simonson (PhD, University of Iowa) is professor of communication and, by courtesy, media studies in the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research centers on the international history of communication and media studies, intellectual history, feminist historiography, and the interdisciplinary connections of rhetoric with philosophy, political theory, sociology, and anthropology. He is the author of Refiguring Mass Communication: A History, and editor or co-editor of The International History of Communication Study, The Handbook of Communication History, and Politics, Social Networks, and the History of Mass Communications Research: Re-Reading Personal Influence.


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