News and notes from elsewhere: Journalists and World War I; journalism history and digital archives; and 1968

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The following announcements, culled from other H-Net lists as well as ICA's Communication History Discussion listserv, will interest JHistory subscribers. Please scroll down for information on a book review that touches on journalists in World War I, a call for papers for a special journal issue devoted to digital archives, and a call for conference papers for a 50-year retrospective on the turbulence of 1968.


Reviewed for H-War by Kevin Braam
   Klekowski, Edward J.; Klekowski, Libby.  Americans in Occupied
   Belgium, 1914/1918: Accounts of the War from Journalists,
   Tourists, Troops and Medical staff
.  Jefferson: McFarland, 2014.
   296 pp.  $45.00, ISBN 978-0-7864-7255-0.



Digital Journalism

Special Issue Call for Papers

Journalism History through Digital Archives

Deadline: 15 September 2017

While analytical methods have been steadily developing in relation to research on journalism in its various live digital forms (e.g. news websites, twitter, and Facebook) there has been less focus on developing research on and related methodologies for journalistic productions accumulating in digital archives. While such inventories hold great potential for researchers of journalism history they also pose a set of challenges.

The amount of material raises questions of selection, data clean-up, meta-data availability and the ensuing possibilities of search and analysis. Linked to this, the possible malleability of access, retrieval and analytical procedures is challenging, as this requires new digital skills, products and collaborations. Yet, the amount of material and avenues of access and analysis simultaneously open a range of possibilities for investigating vast amounts of data across former barriers (e.g. media platforms or archives) and this allows for re-visiting of old questions as well as developing new ones.

Against the background of such wider issues this special issue elicits papers that do journalism history through digital archives in various geographical, cultural and temporal contexts. While such ventures necessarily raise theoretical and methodological questions the call is for contextual reflections rather than generic discussions of the potential and problems of digital archives. Following this, submissions can — but do not have to — engage with journalism history projects

  • across media platforms and/or (former) technologies
  • across long time periods, geographies, cultures and/or archives
  • that draw on layout and textual forms (in a wide sense of that term)
  • that correlates with other types of (public) digital data (e.g. migration, BNP etc.)

In relation to the journalism history projects papers may in various degrees reflect on

  • methodological and theoretical issues
  • the politics of archiving
  • computational analysis in relation to contextual and qualitative studies.
  • issues arising from collaborative research across disciplinary and institutional boundaries
  • research infrastructures for the utilisation of digital archives
  • the constitution of archived digital objects and its relations to the historical artefacts and what this means for the writing of journalism history


Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to guest editor Henrik Bødker ( no later than September 15, 2017. Selected authors will be invited to contribute by January 15 (2018). A maximum 8,000-word paper (including references, tables, etc.) will be considered for publication, subject to double blind peer-review.


Abstracts to guest editor: September 15, 2017

Authors notified: October 1, 2017

Full papers for peer review: January 15, 2018

Reviews to authors: March 15, 2018

Revised full papers: April 15, 2018

Editorial information

Guest Editor : Henrik Bødker, Aarhus University (



Call for Papers

1968, Fifty Years of Struggles

March 8-10, 2018

Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Middlebury, VT, USA

Deadline: October 5, 2017*

If the 1960s “changed modern history,” one year —1968—stands out. In this year antiimperialist and anti-establishment forces took to the streets of major cities around the globe, challenging, and even hoping to dismantle, the post-1945 power structure. With the rise of national liberation movements on almost every continent, the Civil Rights and Feminist movements in the U.S., anti-Vietnam demonstrations in the U.S. and around the world, and decolonization in Africa, 1968 pulsed with a new sense of optimism. It heralded new forms of art, music, thinking, and debate. But in 1968 conservative governments came to power in France, Britain, and the U.S; Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated; the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia and Mao Zedong rolled out China’s brutal Cultural Revolution. In short, on multiple fronts 1968 symbolized the quest for, and intense opposition to, dramatic change in the status quo—an ever-evolving dynamic that continues to date.

Because 1968 marked a time when authority, legitimacy, and power were questioned, challenged, and exercised—in realms ranging from the political and cultural to the social and economic—we seek papers that examine the pre-histories and after-lives of these episodes and/or their contemporary manifestations across the globe. Papers should offer critical analysis of the cultural, political, and social upheavals that characterize the period with geographical and socio-cultural specificity. Papers focusing on (1) specific events of 1968; (2) the historical tributaries leading up to 1968; or (3) modern challenges to status quo power structures that echo 1968’s dynamics, are particularly welcome.

We invite papers that extend our understanding of 1968, offer new analysis of the period, and challenge conventional narratives, either through new interpretations or historical examples. We welcome papers from a variety of disciplinary perspectives across the social sciences and the humanities on one of the following themes:

• Power and its limits: military, political, cultural

• Visualizing 1968: media, architecture, art

• Decolonization, national liberation, and their legacies

• Iconic political inspirations (e.g., Mao Zedong, Che Guevara, Martin Luther King, Jr. and others)

• The “Third World”: agent of change, arena of conflict

• Student movements, campus politics, free speech

• Counter culture and its legacies

• The prism of 1968: between lived experience and archival trace

Those interested in presenting at the conference should send an abstract (no more than 250 words) and their curriculum vitae by October 5, 2017, to the organizers below. The selection process is competitive.

All presentations must be in English.

Funds are available to support travel and lodging of all presenters.


Tamar Mayer, Professor of Geography and Director of the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs,<>

Edward Vazquez, Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture, <>

Mark Williams, Professor of Political Science, <>