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CfP: Media Trades and Professions (18th to 21st Century)

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Call for papers

Société pour l'Histoire des Médias (SPHM) International Conference:
Media Trades and Professions (18th to 21st Century)
June 4th to 6th, 2020 University of Lausanne

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This third edition of the SPHM International Conference is organised by the Society for Media History (la Société pour l’histoire des Médias, and by the Centre for the Historical Sciences of Culture of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Lausanne (le Centre des Sciences historiques de la culture de la Faculté des Lettres,, with the support of several research laboratories based in Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, and Québec1, including the National Audiovisual Institute (Institut national de l’audiovisuel) and the Historical Committee of the Audiovisual and Digital Observatory (Comité d’histoire de l’Observatoire de l’audiovisuel et du numérique).

As with the two previous editions, this conference aims to bring together both junior and senior international researchers, historians, and specialists from diverse disciplines around a common field of study: media history. The selected theme, “Media Trades and Professions” is intended to be sufficiently inclusive to allow specialists in the field, regardless of their methods or approaches, to contribute to discourses of collective reflection while illuminating new areas of research that have yet to be explored by the community. The organisers are devoted to promoting multidisciplinary, transmedia, and transnational approaches, remaining particularly receptive to media and geographical zones less marked by historiographical perspectives.

1-Realms of Representation
First and foremost, this Conference strives to challenge the constructed representations of media trades and professions that have been disseminated since the end of the eighteenth century.

2-Professional Practice Methods
Proposals may also be concerned with the study of professional practices. More specifically, with a focus on the diversity of these professions and practices.

3-The Sociology of Media Professions
These proposals will have the capacity to unite various sociological or socio-historical approaches in order to demystify the mechanisms specific to the structure of certain media professions and the strategies of legitimisation and prestige within them.

4-Relationships with Audiences and the Public Opinion
The research of media trades, professions, and professionals must also promote the study of the connections between professionals and their public(s)

5- Methodological and Epistemological Reflections on Research-Based Approaches
Proposals reflecting on contemporary writing regarding the history of media trades, professions, and professionals are also welcome.

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Proposal Submissions:
Communication proposals may be individual or collective. For the latter, proposals may not have more than a maximum of three co-authors.

You also have the opportunity to submit a panel proposal (a session on a given topic) including a general description and an explanation of the individual interventions anticipated.

Proposals (a maximum of 3000 characters in Word or PDF files) must include a title, an explicit problematic, and a short bibliography. The author must attach a short bio-bibliographic record (15 lines) in a separate file.

Proposals will be subject to a double-blind peer review process.

Proposals must be sent no later than September 20th, 2019 to the following address:

September 20th, 2019: Deadline for proposals
November 25th, 2019: Notification of acceptance
June 4th – 6th, 2020: Conference at the University of Lausanne Campus

Informations pratiques
Registration fees (speakers and audience):
- For members of the SPHM (membership 25 euros, 13 euros for students), the Conference is free with a subscription before April 30, 2020.
- From May 1st onwards, and in-person at the event, registration for the Conference will be 40 euros (45 Swiss francs or 56 USD).

The Conference will provide free coffee and lunches for the those who are presenting. Accommodation and travel expenses are the responsibility of the presenters.

However, funding may be awarded in exceptional cases to young, unfunded researchers on the basis of a written application. This application, including proof from the affiliated academic institution confirming that it cannot provide any funding, should be attached to the communication proposal and sent to the same address:

With a duration of 20 minutes, papers may be written and presented in either French or English. They should be accompanied by a presentation projected in the other language.

Organisational Committee :
Marta Caraion (Unil, CSHC), Christian Delporte (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, CHCSC), Emmanuelle Fantin (Sorbonne-Université, GRIPIC), Gianni Haver (Unil, Institut des Sciences Sociales), Philippe Kaenel (Unil, CSHC), Katharina Niemeyer (Université du Québec à Montréal, CELAT), François Robinet (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, CHCSC), Monika Salzbrunn (Unil, Institut de Sciences sociales des religions), Valérie Schafer (Université du Luxembourg, C2DH), François Vallotton (Unil, CSHC), Isabelle Veyrat-Masson (LCP – IRISSO, CNRS Paris Dauphine), Anne-Katrin Weber (Unil, CSHC)

Scientific Committee :
Gabriele Balbi (USI Università della Svizzera italiana, Institute of Media and Journalism), Maëlle Bazin (Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, CARISM), Claire Blandin (Université Paris 13, LabSic), Jérôme Bourdon (Tel Aviv University, Department of Communication), María Cecilia Bravo N. (Universidad de Chile, Instituto de la Comunicación e Imagen), Josette Brun (Université Laval, Département d’information et de communication), Tamara Chaplin (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Gender and Women's Studies), Évelyne Cohen (ENSSIB - Université de Lyon, LARHRA UMR CNRS 5190), Delphine Chedaleux (Université de Lausanne, FNS), Alain Clavien (Université de Fribourg), Ross Collins (North Dakota States University, Department of Communication), Jamil Dakhlia (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, IRMECCEN), Claire-Lise Debluë (Université Paris I & St Andrews University, FNS), Annik Dubied (Université de Neuchâtel, Académie du journalisme et des médias), Andreas Fickers (Université du Luxembourg, Centre for Contemporary and Digital History), Françoise Hache-Bissette (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, CHCSC), Markus Krajewski (Universität Basel, Department Arts, Media, Philosophy), Matthias Künzler (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Chur, Institut für Multimedia Production), Thibault Le Hégarat (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, CHCSC), Cécile Méadel (Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, CARISM), Caroline Moine (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines – Centre Marc Bloch, CHCSC), Enrico Natale (Université de Bâle,
Raphaëlle Ruppen-Coutaz (LabEx EHNE, FNS), Marie-Ève Thérenty (Université de Montpellier 3, RIRRA 21), Jean-François Tétu (Université Lyon 2, Elico), Dominique Trudel (Université du Québec, Département de Communication), Nelly Valsangiacomo (Université de Lausanne, Centre des Sciences historiques de la culture), Jean-Claude Yon (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, CHCSC)

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Société pour l’histoire des Médias et Centre des Sciences historiques de la culture de la Faculté des Lettres de l’Université de Lausanne


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