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Events run by Australian and international organisations concerned with the study of media and communication history.


10th Australian Media Traditions (AMT) Conference

University of South Australia, Adelaide
Conference theme: Making Media History
21–22 September 2017
Email: AMT2017@unisa.edu.au

Provincial Newspapers: Lessons from History

Journalism Department, Liverpool John Moores University, UK.
Conference theme: From Boom to Bust
8 September 2017
Email: AMT2017@unisa.edu.au

British Cinema in the 1960s: Histories and Legacies

BFI Southbank, London
6-7 September 2017

XXVII conference of the International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST)

French Press Institute, Panthéon-Assas University, Paris
Conference theme: Media and History: Crime, Violence and Justice
10-13 July 2017

International History of Public Relations Conference

Bournemouth University
5-6 July 2017

HoMER Network Conference on the History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception

Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
21-24 June 2017

Transnational Journalism History

Dublin City University, Ireland
9-10 June 2017
Email: Debbie van Tuyll dvantuyl@augusta.edu or Mark O’Brien mark.obrien@dcu.ie

Preconference offered by the ICA Communication History Division at the ICA conference

University of California, San Diego
Conference theme: Audiences? The familiar unknown of communication historiography
25 May 2017

Tracing entanglements in media history

Lund University, Sweden
17–19 May 2017

The Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference (JJCHC)

Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University
11 March 2017
Email: Nicholas Hirshon hirshonn@wpunj.edu



ANZCA Conference 2016

University of Newcastle, NSW
Conference theme: Creating space in the Fifth Estate
6-8 July 2016

The 2016 AHA (Australian Historical Association) conference

Ballarat, NSW
Conference theme: From Boom to Bust
4-8 July 2016

Shared Histories: Media Connections Between Britain and Ireland

The National Library of Ireland.
6-7 July 2016


International History of Public Relations Conference 2016

Bournemouth University, UK

6-7 July 2016


Crossing Borders: Researching Transnational Media History

A special preconference to the 66th International Communication Association (ICA) Conference
Fukuoka, Japan
9 June 2016

2016 Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference (JJCHC)

Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York
12 March 2016

Hands On History: Exploring New Methodologies for Media History Research

Geological Society, London
8-10 February 2016


Australian Media Traditions Conference 2015

National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra, Australia
Conference theme: Broadcasting History
Co-hosted by the Centre for Media History, Macquarie University and the NFSA.
3–4 December 2015

The International History of Public Relations Conference

Bournemouth University, UK
2015 Conference
8–9 July 2015

65th International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference

San Juan, Puerto Rico
Conference theme: Communication Across the Life Span
21–25 May 2015


Pacific Journalism Review 20th Anniversary Conference

AUT University, New Zealand
Conference theme: Political Journalism in the Asia-Pacific
27–29 November 2014

The 2014 Film & History Conference

Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Conference theme: Golden Ages: Styles & Personalities, Genres & Histories
29 October–2 November 2014

Centre for the Study of Journalism, 2014 Conference

University of Sheffield, UK

Conference theme: Communities of Communication: Newspapers and Periodicals in Britain and Ireland from 1900 to the Present

11–12 September 2014


ANZCA Conference 2014

Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia

Conference theme: The digital and the social: communication for inclusion and exchange

9–11 July 2014


2014 AHA (Australian Historical Association) Conference

University of Queensland, Australia

Conference theme: Conflict in History

7–11 July 2014


The Heart of the Nation? 50 Years of The Australian

Sydney, Australia

A symposium organised by the Centre for Media History of Macquarie University

7–8 July 2014


The International History of Public Relations Conference

Bournemouth University, UK

2014 Conference

2–3 July 2014


Born Digital and Cultural Heritage Conference

Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia

The conference brought together brought together people working and doing research in the area of born digital cultural heritage and its preservation. 

19–20 June 2014


The Cold War and Entertainment Television

University of Paris, France

Conference intention: to provide a forum for examining the neglected impact of the Cold War on entertainment television.

5–7 June 2014


64th International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference

Seattle, USA

Conference theme: Communication and ‘the Good Life’

Pre-conference theme: Making Sense of Memory and History

22–26 May 2014


Fifth Aberystwyth/Gregynog Media History Conference

Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK

Conference theme: Newspapers, War and Society

29 April–1 May 2014


Second International Conference of the Women’s Film and Television History Network – UK/Ireland

The University of East Anglia, UK

Conference theme: Doing Women’s Film and Television History

10–12 April 2014


Inkers and Thinkers Symposium

University of Adelaide, SA, Australia

Symposium theme: The Evolution of Comics

4 April 2014



Australian Media Traditions Conference 2013

University of Queensland, Australia

Conference theme: Places, Spaces, Networks, and Intermedia

25–26 November 2013


The 2013 Film & History Conference

Madison, Wisconsin (USA)

Conference theme: Making Movie$: The Figure of Money On and Off the Screen

20–24 November 2013


Digital Archives, Audiovisual Media and Cultural Memory Conference

The University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Organised by LARM – Audio Research Archive

14–15 November 2013


Media and the Portuguese Empire (18th to 20th Centuries)

Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal

Keynote speaker: Dr Chandrika Kaul, University of St Andrews

1–2 November 2013


The Future of Journalism: In an age of digital media and economic uncertainty

Cardiff University, UK

Keynote address by Professor Robert G. Picard (University of Oxford) on ‘Funding the Future of Journalism’.

12–13 September 2013


International Association for Media & History (IAMHIST) Conference

University of Leicester, UK

Conference theme: Childhood and the media

17–20 July 2013


Australian Historical Association (AHA) 2013 Conference

University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Conference theme: Mobilities and Mobilisations

8–12 July 2013


Redefining Journalism in the Era of the Mass Press

University of Sheffield, UK

4–5 July 2013


ANZCA Conference 2013

Fremantle, WA, Australia

Conference theme: Global Networks-Global Divides: Bridging New and Traditional Communication Challenges

3–5 July 2013


The International History of Public Relations Conference

Bournemouth University, UK

2013 Conference

24–25 June 2013


International Communication Association (ICA) 2013 Conference

Hilton London Metropole Hotel, London, UK

Conference theme: Challenging Communication Research

17–21 June 2013


British and Irish Sound Archives 2013

Manx Museum, Douglas, Isle of Man

Conference and training event

17–18 May 2013


What is Radio?

University of Oregon in Portland, Oregon, USA

Conference theme: Exploring the past, present and future of radio

25–27 April 2013



Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand Biennial Conference

Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Conference theme: Screen, Memory, History

2-5 December 2012


Journalism Education Association of Australia (JEAA) Conference

Monash University Law Chambers, Melbourne, Australia

Conference theme: Critical Times? Changing journalism in a changing world

Keynote addresses include Charles Feldman (Los Angeles based investigative reporter and author), ‘No time to think: Journalism, news and speed in the US presidential race 2012,’ Professor Leonard Witt (Kennesaw State University, Georgia), ‘Is there a journalism niche in your campus's future?’, and Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley (Macquarie University, Sydney), ‘Unhappy families: The Murdoch, Fairfax, and Packer media dynasties.’
2–5 December 2012

Public Relations and the Past in Local and International Contexts: A Roundtable Symposium

University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Keynote speaker: Professor Tom Watson (Bournemouth University), “Let’s get dangerous: a review of current public relations historical scholarship.” Panel presentations and discussions include topics on Education, Practice and People.

13 November 2012


The 2012 Film & History Conference

Hyatt Regency, Milwaukee (USA)

Conference Theme: Film and Myth

26–30 September 2012


The Australian Historical Association (AHA) 31st Annual Conference

University of Adelaide, South Australia

Conference Theme: Connections

9–13 July 2012


ANZCA Conference 2012

Adelaide, South Australia

Conference theme: Communicating Change and Changing Communication in the 21st Century

4–6 July 2012


Fourth Aberystwyth/Gregynog Media History Conference

Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK

Conference theme: Perception, Reception:  The History of the Media in Society

4–6 July 2012


2012 International Communication Association Annual Conference

Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Conference theme: Communication and Community
24-28 May 2012

A record of Australian Media Traditions conferences:

Australian Media Traditions Conference 2013

University of Queensland, Australia

Conference theme: Places, Spaces, Networks, and Intermedia

Convened by Tom O’Regan and Jason Jacobs.

25–26 November 2013


Australian Media Traditions Conference 2011

Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Conference theme: Trends, Traditions and Transformations

Joint keynote address by Professor David Goodman (University of Melbourne) and Professor Susan Smulyan (Brown University) on ‘Portia Faces Oz: The International After-Life of American Soap Operas’. Public lecture by Professor Paul Duguid (University of California-Berkeley) on ‘‘The Great Tradition’ or ‘The Great Transformation’?: Reading Trends in Media History’.

Convened by Jock Given.

21–23 November 2011


Australian Media Traditions Conference 2009

The University of Sydney, Australia
Conference theme: Internationalising Australian Media History
Media and communication networks of the 21st century are increasingly international, multilingual, and cosmopolitan, transforming the public sphere into a lively, diverse global space of dialogue and discord, and presenting new challenges for media scholars. Media histories have traditionally been bound to narratives of national development but are now also responding to processes of convergence and change in media and communication cultures, philosophies, institutions, technologies, economies, regulatory frameworks, professions, contents and audiences. For the past 10 years, Australian Media Traditions conferences have offered an interdisciplinary forum for scholars, journalists and others researching or working in the Australian media, particularly in the area of media history. This fifth biennial conference provides a timely opportunity to explore links between our national interests and global or regional themes, trends, voices and perspectives, that is, to contextualise and connect our media and journalism research to the wider literature and discussion of international media practice.
23–25 November 2009

Australian Media Traditions Conference 2007

Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, Australia
Conference theme: Distance and Diversity: Reaching New Audiences
The 2007 conference explored the notion of the New Audience as an historical continuum. The historic role of the media and communicators in overcoming distance and diversity of populations to reach new readers, listeners and viewers was the dominant theme of the conference. Convened by Margaret Van Heekeren, Charles Sturt University.
22–23 November 2007

Australian Media Traditions Conference 2005

Old Parliament House, Canberra, Australia

Conference theme: Politics Media History

This conference explored historical relationships between politics and the media, including the role of political journalism, government relations with the media, and historical pulls between the power of policy makers and the power of media barons. Convened by Trish Payne, University of Canberra.

24-25 November 2005


Australian Media Traditions 2003

State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Conference theme: When Journalism Meets History

The speakers on the opening night of the conference were Mitchell Stephens, professor of journalism and mass communication at NYU and author of A History of News and The Rise of the Image the Fall of the Word; Ken Inglis, one of Australia's best known historians who began writing about the local media scene for Nation magazine in the 1950s; and Chris Masters, an award-winning investigative journalist with the ABC, best known for his work with Four Corners. Eighteen of the refereed papers presented at the conference can be found at the link below.

13–14 November 2003


Australian Media Traditions Conference 2001

Central Queensland University, Yeppoon, Australia

Conference keynote address delivered by Paul Kelly

Convened by Denis Cryle.

13–15 June 2001


Australian Media Traditions 1999

State Library of NSW, Sydney, Australia

Conference theme: Historical Perspectives Conference

Selected papers from the inaugural conference can be found in the Australian Media History special issue of Media International Australia, no. 99, May 2001, edited by Bridget Griffen-Foley and David McKnight, accessible via the link below.

16–17 July 1999


A record of Australian Media Traditions conferences:

Australian Media Traditions Conference 2017

University of South Australia, Adelaide
Conference theme: Making Media History
21–22 September 2017

Australian Media Traditions Conference 2015

National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra, Australia
Conference theme: Broadcasting History
The 9th AMT was co-hosted by the Centre for Media History, Macquarie University and the NFSA. The keynote speakers were Professor David Hendy of Sussex University and Dr Hans-Ulrich Wagner of the University of Hamburg
3–4 December 2015
Email: AMT2017@unisa.edu.au