Online Workshop: Intermediality

Along with Anin Luo and Miles Kempton, I’ve spent the past couple of months organising an online workshop which will hopefully bring together a broad church of scholars interested in the history of science and media. Although we initially thought of proposing something very open and broad, we decided in the end to focus on the question of “intermediality”, an idea originally developed in media studies but which has increasingly earned the attention of historians of science. The workshop will take place over two afternoons, on November 2nd and 3rd, 2021.

As my own work is about film and radio, I’m instinctively drawn to work that explores relationships across media, not to mention the fact that I spend much more of my research time reading historical magazines, books and journals than I spend watching films or listening to old radio programmes. I’m excited to see what people come up with in their abstracts, and I’m especially hopeful that we’ll hear plenty of new work that encourages us to think in new ways about the history of science and moving image media.

I’m especially pleased that Tim Boon, who is Head of Research and Public History at the Science Museum in London, has agreed to give the keynote speech. Tim’s book Films of Fact is the book on British science film and TV, and he is particularly interested in exploring intermedial approaches to the history of science communications.

In the coming weeks, I’m hoping to put together a public Zotero reading list on intermediality and science, which I will share in this post once it is ready.

You can find the full Call for Papers for the workshop here. The deadline for submissions is June 28.

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