ICA Communication History preconference -- schedule and invitation

GENE ALLEN Discussion

On behalf of the Communication History division of ICA, we’re pleased to announce the schedule for our preconference “Communications and the State: Toward a New International History,” to be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (The larger ICA conference runs from May 21-25.)

 The preconference includes 24 papers by emerging and established scholars examining connections between communications and states from many different perspectives. (See the detailed schedule below.) The papers range from national to transnational in scale, cover a variety of communications media, and present a wide diversity in temporal and geographic scope. 

In our closing plenary, three highly regarded scholars (Daniel Hallin, Richard John and Adrian Johns) will assess the current state of scholarship in this many-sided field.

 We hope members of the ICA Communication History division, ICA members generally (and anyone else who might be interested)  will join us for what promises to be a stimulating and memorable day.

The registration fee is $85 (U.S.), and the preconference will be held at the Condado Hilton, a 15-minute walk from the main conference hotel.

To register for the preconference, click here:


 We hope to see you there!

 Michael Stamm, Gene Allen



ICA Communication History division

Preconference schedule: 

Communications and the State: Towards a New International History

May 21, 2015

Condado Hilton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico


8:30 a.m.: Welcome


8:40-10:00: Communications and the state in the early modern era

 “The Cotswold Olimpick Games: Sport, Politics and Faith in early modern England,” Mark Brewin (The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States)

“Three thirteenth-century travel accounts of missions to the Far East,” Kathryn Montalbano (Columbia University, New York, United States)

 “A Republic Run as a Chamber of Commerce: The Role of the State in Structuring Communications in Renaissance Venice,” Juraj Kittler (St. Lawrence University, New York, United States)

 “The Post Office and State Formation in World Historical Time,” Lane Harris (Furman University, South Carolina, United States)


10:00-10:15: Coffee


 10:15-11:35: Communication networks – mail, telegraph, telephone

“Communications and the States: The Swiss Influence on the origins of ITU, 1855-1876,” Gabriele Balbi (Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland), Simone Fari, Giuseppe Richeri.

 “Mail Order Fraud, Postal Inspectors, and the Remaking of Consumer Capitalism in the United States, 1850-1900,” Rick Popp (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, United States)

 “Media of Resistance: Organizing the Anti-Colonial Movements in the Dutch East Indies, 1920-1927,” Rianne Subijanto (University of Colorado Boulder, United States)

“International Copyright and Access to Education: A History,” Sara Bannerman, (McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada) 


11:35-12:40 p.m.: Lunch (participants provide their own lunch)

12:40-2 p.m.:


 International Dimensions of Broadcasting and the State

“News and Propaganda in the Cold War: Associated Press and the Voice of America, 1945-1952,” Gene Allen (Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada)

 “Colonization through Broadcasting: Rádio Clube de Moçambique and the Promotion of Portuguese Colonial Policy,” Nelson Ribeiro (Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal)

 “A House Divided: The SABC during World War Two,” Ruth Teer-Tomaselli (University KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)

“Subsidizing Content and Conduit: Global Wireless Communications and the State,” Heidi Tworek (Harvard University, Massachusetts, United States)


Communications and the State: The Case of Germany 

 “A Story of Transition and Failure? The State and the East German Media Reform 1989-1991,” Mandy Tröger (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States)

“Presence and Absence: The Berlin Wall as a Strategic Platform,” Samantha Oliver (University of Pennsylvania, United States)

 “Heads of State as Communicators – A Comparative Analysis of State of the Union Addresses of American Presidents and “Regierungserklärungen” of German Chancellors since 1945/49,” Thomas Birkner (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, Germany)

 “The Necessary Restraints of National Security”: Cold War U.S. Government-Journalism Negotiations and the Communist Reaction,” Mike Conway (Indiana University, United States) and Kevin Grieves (Ohio University, United States)

2 p.m.-2:15: Coffee



 The State and Infrastructure

“How the French State did not Construct Nicholas Schöffer’s Tour Lumière Cybernétique?”, Dominuque Trudel, New York University, United States)

“The phantom of the phone booth: Toward a material and cultural history of the telephone in Israel,” Rivka Ribak, Michele Rosenthal and Sharon Ringel (University of Haifa, Israel)

 “Minitel and the State,” Julien Mailland (Indiana University, United States) and Kevin Driscoll (Microsoft Research, United States)

 “Connected and Divided: Satellite Networks as Infrastructures of Live Television” Christine Evans (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, United States) and Lars Lundgren (Södertörn University, Sweden)


The State and Communication Across Borders

 “Media, Communications and the State in the Nordic Region: The History of the Media Welfare State” Trine Syvertsen and Gunn Enli (University of Oslo, Norway), Ole J. Mjøs and Hallvard Moe (University of Bergen, Norway)

“‘Home Is Where Your Heart Is’: Mediated Longing for the State,” Ekaterina Kalinina (Södertörn University, Sweden) and Manuel Menke (Augsburg University, Germany)

 “Theorizing Political Communication Policies,” Tim Vos (University of Missouri, United States)

“Commercial cross-border radio: Popular culture, advertising, and the erosion of state communication power in comparative perspective: Britain, India and America” John Jenks(Dominican University, United States)


3:45-5:00: Closing plenary: The State of the Field

Daniel Hallin (University of California, San Diego)

Richard John (Columbia University)

 Adrian Johns (University of Chicago)