Call for proposals: 4th annual Transnational Journalism History conference

10 Dec 2018 4:33 PM | Melony Shemberger (Administrator)

The Center for Media and Journalism Studies at the University of Groningen will host the fourth annual conference on Transnational Journalism History.

The conference, which will be June 20 and 21, 2019, is seeking papers that study historical transformations in journalism from a transnational perspective.

Papers are welcome that discuss theoretical or methodological issues as well as empirical case studies from all parts of the world. Specifically, the conference organizers are seeking work that considers:

  • the transfer of norms, practices and textual conventions from one country/region to another and their consecutive adaptation in national contexts.
  • transnational networks of actors.
  • biographical studies of transnational agents such as journalists or publishers.
  • the transnational coverage of particular news stories.
  • transnational audiences.
  • the impact of (emerging) technologies on transnational journalism.
  • different media such as television, radio, newspapers or magazines, and the intersection between them.

Abstracts (maximum of 500 words for research-in-progress), full papers (for completed projects) and panel proposals (max. 4 papers; 400 words panel description & 150-word abstract of each paper) should be submitted via by March 1, 2019. (Please note the deadline has been extended from the original call for papers because the conference dates are later than usual). Submissions will be blind reviewed.

Organizers are looking for submissions that might also be considered for publication in a new book, the Companion to Transnational Journalism History. The first book from the earlier conferences is presently under review at Syracuse University Press.

For those unfamiliar with transnational journalism history, it acknowledges that media and other cultural forms are produced and exchanged across borders. It focuses on the interactions between agents, ideas, innovations, norms and social and cultural practices, and their consecutive incorporation and adaptation into national frameworks. By moving back and forth between the national and transnational level, the connective and dialectic nature of these movements is emphasized. It thus treats the nation as only one phenomenon among a range of others, instead of being the primary frame for analysis.

This opens new venues for research because journalism history, which has been institutionally and topically confined primarily to national boundaries. Transnational journalism history critically interrogates national paradigms and provides new ways forward.

This year’s conference will take place on June 20-21 at the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies in Groningen, The Netherlands. Conference fee is € 75 (incl. lunches and conference dinner). Keynote speakers will be announced in the next months.

Questions may be addressed to Marcel Broersma or Frank Harbers via, Debbie van Tuyll ( or Mark O’Brien (

This conference is sponsored by the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies at the University of Groningen, and the journalism and mass communication programs at Dublin City University, Augusta University and Concordia University.

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