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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.

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.

Submissions are all online at this site.

Deadline: December 15, 2016.


Contact Us

Christopher Frear
Media & Civil Rights History Symposium
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Email: frearc@email.sc.edu