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FYI: Podcast Studies ICA Preconference in Toronto in May 2023: 20 Years of Podcasting: Mapping the Contours of Podcast Studies


20 Years of Podcasting: Mapping the Contours of Podcast Studies

Wednesday, May 24 and Thursday, May 25, 2023
Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)
Toronto, Ontario, CanadaWith the support of the International Communication Association (ICA) Popular Media & Culture Division and Media Industry Studies Interest Group.

Deadline for abstracts: Friday, December 2, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. GMT

Mark Your Calendar: Podcast Studies Pre-Conference at ICA 2023

Mark your calendars for the first big #podcaststudies conference happening as a part of the 2023 International Communication Association (ICA) conference in Toronto, Canda from May 24-25, 2023. The pre-conference will be hosted at Toronto Metropolitan University (previously called Ryerson University).

Our theme: 20 Years of Podcasting: Mapping the Contours of Podcast Studies

CFP Radio and Audio Media, Popular Culture Assoc/American Culture Assoc. 2023 Conference San Antonio

CFP Radio and Audio Media Area, PCA/ACA Annual Conference

April 5-8, 2023, San Antonio

The radio and audio media area provides a forum for scholars, practitioners, and artists of what Michelle Hilmes (2013) calls soundwork:“the entire complex of sound-based media that enters our experience through a variety of technologies and forms.” Its forms include, but are not limited to, journalism, narrative nonfiction, audio and radio drama, sports, podcasts, as well as films and TV adapted from radio or podcasts.  

H-Podcast Call for Network Editor

H-Podcast is currently looking for a new network editor to join its team! H-Podcast is a network that examines podcasting as a form, medium, system for content creation and delivery as well as a theory and movement. The network has produced several podcasts, hosts an index of podcasts, generates reviews and discussions, and provides relevant resources.

Re: Journal of American History: Podcast State of the Field

Robert, I'm interested in such a panel and would be happy to participate. My email is if you care to touch base that way.

You can find the Alabama History Podcast on our "home base" of Soundcloud at that syndicates to most podcast distributors.



Re: Journal of American History: Podcast State of the Field

Marty, I think you summarize how I feel here on these two issues. I would like us to think about the possibility of us and others from this network presenting at a future conference. I notice now each year there is a podcast panel at the American Historical Association and The Organization of American Historians Conferences. Years ago it was tough getting people out for those panels. I think there is a kernel in this discussion here we could explore and now there is an audience for this topic. That or the special issue of a journal.

Re: Journal of American History: Podcast State of the Field

Great reply, Stacey, and thanks for the Hoyt and Morris citation.

I can't speak for Robert, of course, but I inferred from his post that he warns against raising the barriers to entry into podcasting by raising the "floor of acceptability" in audio production to professional radio standards. I didn't infer from him, nor mean to imply myself, that podcasters should avoid doing anything they want with their products, including adding what you rightly call aesthetic elements or even going whole-hog on production quality.

Call for abstracts: Zombified Podcast's Biennial Meeting

Hey academics, professionals, and public scholars! The Zombified Podcast ( is hosting  the third biennial Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting with the theme of Zeds, Drugs, and Rock n Roll. It's a great hybrid conference opportunity for interdisciplinary scholars looking to present work in a public-sci comm style.

Re: Journal of American History: Podcast State of the Field

Martin, thanks for pointing to this. Right on point I think. I like the introduction of the term "Lo-Fi podcasting," I think what I am nostalgic about is that point in time (first podcast boom?) when it was all Lo-Fi podcasting. To me Serial marks that shift (second podcast boom?). I remember at the time I was teaching a podcast class lamenting the arrival of Serial because I was predicting a migration of professional radio and TV people into the podcast space.

Re: Journal of American History: Podcast State of the Field

As if on cue, this showed up on the LSE blog this morning:

Mark Carrigan, "Academics Should Embrace Lo-Fi Podcasting," LSE Impact Blog, July 13, 2022,

Carrigan argues in favor of more personal "self-publication" of podcasts by academics without regard for using tricks-of-the-radio-trade to garner audience numbers.


Re: Journal of American History: Podcast State of the Field

Robert, I agree with all your points but offer this as a palliative (not because you don't know this but I think it needs saying): Podcasts that pursue advertisers pursue listeners and their metric is popularity (within their format). This is to say that some will become shallow mass market things, many will try to balance historians' professionalism with that popularity, and many will (like my own Alabama History Podcast) will be "producer oriented" and not care about popularity because they're a labor of love.

Journal of American History: Podcast State of the Field

Greetings all, I want to alert everyone that the Journal of American History published a state of the field piece at the link below. It is not a long piece, however it mostly concentrates on the most popular podcasts, there is some attempt to categorize them. I would like to see one of these academic pieces not centralize popularity in their analysis of podcasts and their worth to academic dialog. The point of podcasts at the beginning was that it was a media format anyone had access to (dare I say democratized?) and now it apes radio, only the number of subscribers matter.


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