Media & Civil Rights History Symposium

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
January 9, 2017
Location: 
South Carolina, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Human Rights, Journalism and Media Studies

            The School of Journalism and Mass Communications has extended the submission deadline for the fourth biennial Media & Civil Rights History Symposium. The Symposium will be held at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, in Columbia, South Carolina, March 30-April 1, 2017.  Paper and panel abstract submissions can be made online at the Symposium webpage, 2017 Media & Civil Rights History Symposium. Submissions should be received by January 9, 2017, 11:59 p.m EST. 

            Held during the full bloom of the South Carolina spring, the biennial event brings together civil rights and media historians to share historical knowledge on the vital relationships between civil rights and various types of public communication. We welcome scholars from various disciplines and work that approaches civil rights and media history from a range of local/national/transnational contexts, perspectives, and periods.

            For the 2017 Symposium, we have moved to our new building in the center of the campus. The historic, renovated building has state-of-the-art digital presentation technology.

 

Keynote Presenter: Stanley Nelson, Jr.

            Stanley Nelson, Jr. is a MacArthur “genius grant” fellow and civil rights documentary filmmaker of the triple Emmy Award-winning Freedom Riders (2011), The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015), and The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords (1998), among others.

            Mr. Nelson will discuss, and show excerpts of, his work at the opening reception Thursday evening and the Friday noon keynote session. He will also speak at a public session Friday evening in the historic Booker T. Washington High School auditorium in Columbia.

 

About the 2017 Symposium

            The special focus of the 2017 Media & Civil Rights History Symposium is on the role of print and broadcast images in the African American freedom struggle and other civil rights struggles. We welcome work that falls beyond the scope of the theme, even as we encourage scholars working in and with visual images to consider this theme as they prepare work to submit to the Symposium. We also encourage abstract submissions for work in other formats, including documentary work.

Call for Paper and Panel Proposals

            We are currently accepting abstract proposals for individual papers and panel sessions on all aspects of the historical relationship between media and civil rights and particularly on the Symposium theme of print and broadcast images in the African American freedom struggle and other civil rights struggles.

Contact

            For more information about the Symposium, please contact Christopher Frear, director, frearc@email.sc.edu, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, 800 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29208.

Contact Info: 

  For more information about the Symposium, please contact Christopher Frear, frearc@email.sc.edu, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, 800 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29208.

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