Newspapers, War and Society

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Newspapers, War and Society

The Fifth Aberystwyth Media History Conference

Gregynog, Tuesday 29 April - Thursday 1 May 2014

Conference timetable

Time (approx.)

Tuesday 29 April

Wednesday 30 April

Thursday 1 May


Parallel session C:

Panels 5-6

Project presentation:

The Aberystwyth/

Leverhulme Trust British Press in WW2 project

Followed by presentation on Sheffield press project






Parallel session D:

Panels 7-8

Session E:

Panel 9







2.30pm Parallel session A:

Panels 1-2

2.30pm Keynote:

Chris Williams (Cardiff)


Newspapers as sources for the history of war

Closing remarks

Conference ends c.3.30pm




c.4pm: transport to Newtown station for Birmingham train


Parallel session B:

Panels 3-4

Special presentation:

The National Library of Wales WWI Digitisation Project.

Followed by discussion of digitisation in historical research


Drinks Reception, sponsored by Aberystwyth Centre for Media History

Pre-dinner drinks



Conference Dinner

From c.8.30pm

Film: Scoop



Late film: Hemingway and Gellhorn (HBO) (tbc)

Conference Programme:


Parallel session A:

Panel 1: War reporting: Second World War

  • James O'Donnell (National University of Ireland, Galway), Content, comment and censorship: a case study comparing coverage of Dunkirk and D-Day in Irish newspapers

  • Richard Fine (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA), The development of the ‘Pyle style’ of war reporting in French North Africa, 1942-43

  • Sian Nicholas (Aberystwyth), Reporting D-Day from London

Panel 2: Home fronts (1)

  • David Swift (University of Central Lancashire), Labour newspapers in the Great War: propagating patriotism or radical and representative?

  • Kris Lovell (Aberystwyth), Coverage of domestic politics in the British press in the Second World War

Parallel session B:

Panel 3: Imagining wars

  • John Coward (University of Tulsa, USA), Illustrating the Indian Wars: fact, fantasy and ideology in the 19th century American pictorial press

  • Simon Potter (Bristol), Imagining colonial war: newspapers, war and the nineteenth-century British Empire

  • Mara Oliva (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘The Battle of China’: America’s distorted image of China during the Second World War

Panel 4: Domestic and international perspectives on war

  • Dan Hucker (Nottingham), The French press, the Franco-British alliance, and British appeasement policy, 1937-39

  • Nelson Ribeiro (Catholic University, Portugal), Using wartime newspapers to promote a ‘neutral’ dictatorship: the case of Salazar during the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War

  • Marc Wiggam (Aberystwyth), Reporting the world: international news in the British press in the Second World War

Parallel session C:

Panel 5: Home fronts (2)

  • Caroline Dale (Aberystwyth), Aspects of the family in the British press in the Second World War

  • Rachel Matthews (Coventry), Newspapers, war and society: British provincial newspapers in the Second World War

  • Tom O’Malley (Aberystwyth), Was there a ‘national’ press in Britain in the Second World War?

Panel 6: Seeking to win hearts and minds

  • Barry O'Shea (Portsmouth), The failure of British propaganda in Ireland, 1918-22

  • Yannis Skalidakis (Panteion University, Greece), Order and propaganda: Greek, German and Italian newspapers in occupied Crete 1941-45

  • Gioula Koutsopanagou (Panteion University, Greece), The role of international digests: the Greek digest Eklogi (1945-1960)

Parallel session D:

Panel 7: War reporting: First World War

  • Koenraad Du Pont (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium), European trench newspapers (1914-1918) in relation to the traditional press

  • Martin Hadlow (University of Queensland, Australia), ‘A clever product of trench life’: the informal Anzac front-line press in the First World War

  • Allison Oosterman (AUT University, NZ), Newspaper coverage of New Zealand troops in the First World War

Panel 8: Barbarities

  • Alexander Buczynski (Zagreb), News coverage of partisan warfare and Croatian irregulars during the Austrian War of Succession, 1740-48

  • Anne Toews (York University, Canada), Children’s bodies and the Spanish Civil War: the Canadian Communist press elaborates a hierarchy of vulnerability to capitalism

  • Christian Cronin (Canterbury Christ Church University), A cartoonist at war: David Low, the Evening Standard and the Spanish Civil War

Session E:

Panel 9: Newspapers, content, readers

  • Adrian Bingham, Amber Regis and John Steel (Sheffield), 1914 lives and headlines: regional newspapers and local voices in the First World War

  • Martin Conboy (Sheffield), How the war made the Mirror: the Daily Mirror and the Second World War

  • Guy Hodgson (Chester), Manchester newspapers in the Second World War

  • Jake Lynch (University of Sydney, Australia), Peace journalism: a comparative content analysis of the reporting of conflict

Plenary sessions:

Keynote address (Wednesday):

‘Drawing Fire: Analysing Newspaper Cartoons in the South African War (1899-1902) and the First World War’, by Chris Williams (Cardiff University).

Special archive presentation (Wednesday):

Lorna Hughes (National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth), The National Library of Wales First World War Digitisation Project.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion on digitisation in historical research.

Project presentation (Thursday):

Siân Nicholas, Tom O’Malley and Marc Wiggam (Aberystwyth), The Aberystwyth/Leverhulme Trust British Press in the Second World War project

This presentation will be followed by a short presentation on Sheffield University’s British and Irish press project

Roundtable (Thursday):

Newspapers as sources for the history of war.

Panel to include: Adrian Bingham (Sheffield), Chandrika Kaul (St Andrews), David Clampin (Liverpool John Moores)

Evening events:

Tuesday night film:

Scoop (LWT, 1987; dir: Gavin Millar; starring Michael Maloney, Michael Hordern, Donald Pleasance)

Wednesday night late film:

Hemingway and Gellhorn (HBO, 2012; dir: Philip Kaufman; starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman)

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