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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 April 2-4, 2015. This 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 Symposium

The special focus of the 2015 Media & Civil Rights History Symposium is on the role of media in black power struggles, in keeping with the Symposium’s first-ever theme: “Black Power, Political Imagination, and the Media.” While we welcome work that falls beyond the scope of the theme, we encourage scholars working in the topical area of black power studies to consider this theme as they prepare work to submit to the Symposium. 

Call for Paper and Panel Proposals

We are accepting 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 “Black Power, Political Imagination, and the Media.” We encourage submissions from graduate students.

Submissions are all online at this site. The deadline for paper and panel proposal submission is Dec. 15, 2014.

A complete proposal will include the following:

  • An abstract of no more than 500 words, for both papers and panels. A one-page curriculum vitae for each paper author or panelist. 
  • Complete contact information for each paper author or panelist, including email addresses.
  • Panel proposals should provide a panel title and indicate the panel moderator.

Deadline: Dec. 15, 2014. Late submissions will not be considered.


Contact Us

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