Newspapers, War and Society: the Fifth Aberystwyth Media History Conference, Gregynog, 29 April - 1 May 2014



‌Newspapers, War and Society ‌

Fifth Aberystwyth Media History Conference

29 April-1 May 2014, Gregynog Hall, Wales, UK.


The Fifth Aberystwyth Media History Conference explores the relationship between newspapers and society during times of war. It is held at the historic University of Wales conference centre Gregynog Hall, near Newtown, Powys, Wales, 29 April - 1 May 2014, and is jointly organised by the Centre for Media History, Aberystwyth University, and the journal Media History, with the financial support of the Leverhulme Trust through the Aberystwyth University based and Leverhulme Trust funded  British Press in World War Two project.

Participants include: Adrian Bingham, David Clampin, Martin Conboy, Lorna Hughes Chandrika Kaul,  Rachel Matthews, Sian Nicholas, Tom O’Malley, Simon Potter, John Steel, Nelson Ribeiro, Anne Toews.

Keynote speaker: Professor Chris Williams (Cardiff University).

Newspapers have played a fundamental role in societies during times of war. They relay the experience of war, provide a means for the state to communicate to the population directly, and serve to entertain readers. However, little attention has been paid to the dynamics of their production, circulation and reception during wartime and how the wider context of war affects those processes.  This conference addresses these issues through a series of papers addressing aspects of the newspaper coverage of wars in Europe, the USA, Africa, the Far East and the Pacific, from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.  There will be special sessions on the digitisation of First World War archive materials, and on the social history of newspapers in the Second World War, as well as a roundtable on newspapers as sources for historians of war.

The conference will include sessions on: war reporting; justifying intervention and non-intervention; seeking to win hearts and minds; home fronts; nationalism and imperialism; war and race hate; barbarities; stories told and not told; wartime newspapers and their readers.

The conference Call for Papers is now closed, and contributors have been notified.

The provisional Conference Programme is now available and can be accessed below.

The Conference Registration Form can be accessed below, in Word or .pdf format.  We welcome any expressions of interest in attending the conference, which should be addressed to Dr Rebecca Edwards at  Additional enquiries can also be directed to one or more of the following conference organisers: Dr Sian NicholasProfessor Tom O’Malley or Dr Marc Wiggam. 

The deadline for registration is 31 March 2014

2014 Gregynog Conference Programme FINAL.doc

2014 Gregynog Conference Registration Form.doc

2014 Gregynog Conference Registration Form.pdf