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Emotions, Media and History: Theory and Practice

Date: Friday 23 September 2016
Time: 9am-5:30pm
Venue: Napier Building, Room 108, The University of Adelaide
Registration: Abaigéal Warfield (abaigeal.warfield@adelaide.edu.au). Registration closes Friday 26 August 2016.
Enquiries: Abaigéal Warfield (abaigeal.warfield@adelaide.edu.au)

Bursaries: A number of bursaries are available to assist postgraduates or scholars on a limited income to attend the symposium. Please email Amy Milka (amy.milka@adelaide.edu.au) before the registration deadline, should you be interested in applying.

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The first symposium for the Emotions and Media Research Cluster will provide an opportunity to meet and discuss theory and methodology around emotions and the media, and to hear from some experts in the field about current research practice.

The symposium will address fundamental theories and methods for studying emotions and media in history. The day will be focused around three keynote talks from academics already working in the field of emotions and media. These scholars have backgrounds in media studies, communication, politics and international relations, a range which reflects the diversity and interdisciplinarity the cluster wishes to foster.

Presentations will be targeted towards generating useful discussion amongst participants about how historians work with emotions in media, and how they might participate in contemporary debates about media ethics and journalism. This focus will be further explored by two sessions of discussion on pre-circulated readings from media psychology and historical analysis, where we will encourage participants to think about the relevance of different theoretical approaches to their own research.

Confirmed keynote papers

  • Associate Professor Brenton J. Malin, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh, USA. ‘When New Arguments Get Old: Dealing with the Redundancy of Claims about Emotion and “New Media”’
  • Dr Emma Hutchison, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland (via videolink). ‘Humanitarian Emotions Through History: Imaging Suffering and Performing Aid’
  • Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, UK (via videolink). ‘Anger as a Political Emotion’


Image: Cross Readings (1800) © The Trustees of the British Museum.