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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of History

Media History Symposium

This two day event took place on October 2nd and 3rd, 2014.


All Events are free and open to the public, although one requires reservation in advance


Please join us for an interdisciplinary workshop that explores how scholars in film and media studies approach history.  Our symposium welcomes faculty and students from across campus to explore the work of three distinguished scholars engaged in pace-setting research in this field. Michele Hilmes’s research explores how the critical history of radio was lost and what is being done to recover it. Lisa Parks demonstrates how broadcast infrastructures have organized the Earth into signal territories that challenge traditional notions of national sovereignty and private space. Anna McCarthy investigates the first decades of television, particularly the class and gender anxieties that accompanied TV-watching in taverns and stores during the 1950s, and shows why television has been critical to our understanding of the modern citizen.  Instead of a series of lectures, our events are designed as a series of conversations, and include two seminars with the speakers as well as tours and demonstrations that highlight the exciting collaborations and resources at USC for the study of media and history.

This symposium is co-sponsored by the History Center, the Film and Media Studies Program, the Department of English, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the Walker Center for International and Area Studies, the School of Visual Arts and Design.


Read here about our visiting scholars

History/media symposium schedule of events