History Section

The History Section aims to encourage and support historical research on media and communication. The Section emphasises media history and the historical relations between the media and politics and a variety of perspectives on the globalisation of communication since the 19th century. Members are interested in work that foregrounds the role of communication technologies and applications in social formation and historical change, including critiques of perspectives that see today’s information societies as emerging out of a clear break with the past.

Chair: Nelson Costa Ribeiro [Contact]
Vice chair:
Gideon Kouts [Contact]


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IAMCR's History Section invites the submission of proposals for single papers and multi-paper sessions (the online conference equivalent of a panel in a face to face conference) for IAMCR 2021, which will be held online from 11 to 15 July, with a regional hub in Nairobi, Kenya. The deadline for submission is 9 February 2021, at 23.59 UTC.
This message from the heads of the History Section was distributed to all the section members on 27 April 2020.
IAMCR's History Section invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for the 2020 conference of the association, which will be held from 12 to 16 July, 2020 at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
IAMCR's History Section held it's annual business meeting on Thursday, 11 July 2019 from 2 p.m. -3.30 p.m. in Room Farmacia 231, Complutense University of Madrid.
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IAMCR's History Section held it's annual business meeting on Saturday, 23 June 2018 from 2 p.m. -3.30 p.m. in Room 251 at Straub Hall, University of Oregon.
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The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) will hold its annual conference from 20-24 June 2018 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, USA.
IAMCR's History Section invites proposals that reflect the section's interest. 
The Business meeting was held on Thursday, 20.7.2017 at 2 p.m. -3.20 p.m. in Salón P. Obregón, Cartagena Convention Center, during the IAMCR 2017 conference. You can read the minutes here.
25 May, 2017 - IAMCR's History Section is co-sponsoring a pre-conference that will take place on May 25, 2017, prior to the ICA in San Diego. The topic is: “Audiences? The familiar unknown of communication historiography”. The preconference is dedicated to bringing together scholars from across the spectrum of communication research and from around the globe to illuminate the history of audiences, media practices and media use.
The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) will hold its annual conference from 16-20 July, 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia. IAMCR's History Section invites proposals that reflect the the section's interest. 
The IAMCR History Section held its Business meeting on Friday, 29.7.2016 at 4 p.m.-5.20 p.m. in Ken Edwards building room 527, University of Leicester
26 members were present
Chairs: Chandrika Kaul, Epp Lauk
Elections Chair: Jürgen Wilke