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Aberystwyth Postgraduate Media Conference

Aberystwyth University
Categories: Graduate Conference, Comparative, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, 20th & 21st Century, History
Event Date: 2020-07-23 to 2020-07-24 Abstract Due: 2020-05-01 Abstract Deadline has passed

Aberystwyth Postgraduate Media Conference: July 23 & 24

The Aberystwyth Postgraduate Media Conference is currently scheduled to take place on 23 and 24 July 2020 at Aberystwyth University.

Fake News, Print, Proprietors and Propaganda: Influence and Distortion in the Media 1750 to the Present Day:

With the increasingly popular use of the term ‘fake news’ in the contemporary vernacular, it could be easy to define ‘fake news’ as a twenty first century phenomenon. However, as scholarship has shown, throughout the history of print media governments, political parties and other groups and individuals have sought to distort the ‘truth’ and influence narratives to increase their hold over readerships. This conference looks to expand the discourse on external influences on print media, examining the efforts to do so from the eighteenth century to the present day. This will allow us to track the continuous process of bias, distortion and control over print and digital media via a diverse array of interdisciplinary discourses throughout print media’s dominant position as the ‘Fourth Estate’. We would welcome submissions from Postgraduates or ECR for 20-minute papers relating to any of the following topics:

•             Policing and fact checking of media content

•             Influence of media bias and disinformation in elections

•             Distorted representations of class, race and gender in the media

•             Influence of party and ownership on the media

•             Media discourse of the external influences on the media

•             The concept of the ‘free press’

•             State organisation of propaganda and print

•             Political satire and the shaping of public perception


Submissions for papers should include the: name of the presenter, paper title, abstract (200 words) and a brief biography (50 Words) and should be submitted to abermediahistory@gmail.com by May 1 2020


Aaron Daniels