A two-day conference exploring different representations and ideas of the USA
Throughout the history of the United States, various mediums have been employed as vehicles of national and international communication. From presidents to journalists, through to civil rights organisations and beyond, ideas and beliefs about America have been conveyed through divergent modes. Conflicting and complimentary forms of media – such as books, photographs, films, and social media – have helped make meaning of the 'American experience'. This conference seeks to understand how the United States has been communicated across mediums and across borders and how different media genres play and have played vital roles in the diffusion of news and opinions to the nation and the world.
Panels at the conference will explore media forms produced by and about America and Americans, both historically and in the present day. How has America been described to itself and to the world? How have individuals and groups sought to represent themselves through different mediums? How have media cultures been utilised by social movements as agents of change? How has the digital age altered America’s relationship with media forms? What role do international actors and networks play in cultivating the image of America?
There is also some limited funding available to support travel and / or childcare costs associated with conference attendance.
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Image: Front cover of illustrated music score for American Marines. March. Piano Solo by Louis Tocaben, New York: Howley, Haviland & Co, 1898.