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Media & Civil Rights History Symposium

The Media & Civil Rights History Symposium will be held at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, March 30-April 1, 2017.  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 we invite work that approaches civil rights and media history from a range of local/national/transnational contexts, perspectives, and periods.

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. While we welcome work that falls beyond the scope of the theme, 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.

For the 2017 Symposium — our fourth biennial gathering — 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.

2017 Symposium Schedule (pdf)

Call for Paper and Panel Proposals

The deadline for paper and panel proposals was January 9. Abstracts will be reviewed beginning on December 16 and then on a rolling basis. All decisions will be completed and notifications sent by January 16.

Register and Reserve a Room

To register for the 2017 Symposium, visit the University of South Carolina Marketplace to make payment online. The early registration price is $125 through March 1. Registration is $150 from March 2 until the week of the Symposium. Onsite registration is $175.

To reserve a room at the Inn of USC for the discount rate of $125 per night, please call the Inn at 803-779-7779 and use the code: MCRHS. The discount rate applies through February 28. For information about the Inn, please visit the historic Inn's website.

Contact Us

Christopher Frear
Media & Civil Rights History Symposium
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208