CFP: ‘Fake News!’: An Historical Perspective

NPHFI Tenth Annual Conference, Newcastle University, UK, 10-11 November 2017

Fake news is a term that has become familiar in late 2016 and early
2017, not least because of international political developments. But
is it necessarily a new phenomenon? The control, presentation and
manipulation of news has played a key role in the, sometimes
tumultuous, history of Anglo-Irish relations. And a similarly
important role in the assertion and subversion of power in colonial,
totalitarian and radical societies throughout history worldwide.

To what extent does fake news, and its close relative propaganda,
represent active falsification of information and the dissemination of
misinformation, as opposed to the reporting of mistakes or errors due
to confusion? What are the implications of the accusation of fake news
for a report or news outlet? How does historical perspective change
the evaluation of whether something is fake news? The Newspaper and
Periodical History Forum of Ireland (NPHFI) seeks to investigate this
phenomenon and its historical application in the print media at its
tenth annual conference. Papers are invited that interrogate and/or
challenge these questions from a range of disciplinary perspectives.
The focus of papers should be on print media.

Topics that may be addressed include, but are not, limited to:

·       Propaganda, political lobbying and activism.

·       Irish views of Britain and British views of Ireland.

·       News manipulation across the political spectrum.

·       Representations of ‘the Other’.

·       War reporting and embedded reporting.

·       Representing and reporting civil unrest and conflict worldwide.

·       Fake news and celebrity.

Papers may address any historical period, up to and including the
present day, and any geographical region.

To submit a proposal please email an abstract of no more than 250
words to the NPHFI secretary, Dr James O’Donnell, at

Abstracts must contain a clear title and present clearly the main
thesis / argument proposed. Each abstract must also include name(s),
affiliation, institutional address and email address(es) of the

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 May 2017

The Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland seeks to achieve
gender balance on its conference panels and welcomes proposals from
researchers of all career stages working in academia, media, and in
professional organisations.

call for entries: PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival on Migration, Celebrating Diversity and Social Inclusion


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The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) invite you to submit original and creative videos focusing on the PLURAL+ theme of migration, celebrating diversity and social inclusion.

In a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions, it is vital that youth are recognized as powerful agents of social change. PLURAL+ encourages youth to address key challenges and opportunities related to social inclusion and cohesion, migrant integration, respect for identity, diversity, human rights and xenophobia, both at local and global levels through video production. Young people aged up to 25 are invited to submit short videos of five minutes maximum in length for consideration in the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival.

“PLURAL+ provides youth around the world with the opportunity to submit real stories told by real people, which when widely disseminated help to foster intercultural dialogue and understanding as well as respect for diversity and tolerance,” says Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations.

Each year since 2009, a prestigious international jury selects three PLURAL+ International Jury Award winners in each age category (up to 12, 13-17, 18-25). The International Jury Award winners will receive $1,000 as well as be invited to New York, all travel expenses paid, to present their work at the PLURAL + 2017 Festival Awards Ceremony at the Paley Center for Media and possibly as well at the United Nations Headquarters in Fall 2017. PLURAL+ partner organizations will also award other prizes and professional opportunities to over 20 of the best videos submitted, partners award winning videos will be invited to present their work at film and video festivals, conferences and events around the world.

In addition to the three International Jury award winners, this year PLURAL+ will also provide, for the first time, the “PLURAL+ Award for the Prevention of Xenophobia”, and the winner will also be flown to New York to participate and present his/her video at the PLURAL+ 2017 Festival and Awards Ceremony.

“We all know this to be true: increased participation of youth in the media is essential. These youth – these agents of social change – make up a large portion of today’s migrant population, and they have something valuable to tell us about their migration experiences. And this is what PLURAL+ aims to achieve: to provide young filmmakers with a global platform to share their thoughts and experiences with us,” says Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration.

PLURAL+ supports young people’s expression by providing them with a variety of media platforms and distribution networks, including broadcasts, video festivals, conferences and events around the world. PLURAL+ not only provides young people with an effective platform to raise their voices on key migration and diversity issues, but also reinforces the firm belief of IOM and UNAOC that the powerful expression of youth creativity is a force to be reckoned with.

Further information, including guidelines, rules and regulations and the entry form can be found at the PLURAL+ website at:

Deadline for submission is 4 June 2017. Early submissions are encouraged.

Download the entry form and see the instructions on the PLURAL+ website.

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CfP: Media Approaches to British and Irish Revolutionary Movements

The conference will be organised under the auspices of Marsh’s Library, Dublin and the Centre for the Study of Journalism and History, University of Sheffield

Cato Street and the Revolutionary Tradition in Britain and Ireland

12th-13th September 2017

‘Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason? Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.’ John Harrington.

Five men were executed at Newgate on 1 May 1820 for their part in a plot to assassinate the British Prime Minister, Lord Liverpool, and his cabinet. The plotters envisaged that they would lead an insurrection in the aftermath of their ‘tyrannicide’.

The plot is usually referred to as the ‘Cato Street Conspiracy’ after the street in London in which the revolutionaries were arrested. The conspiracy has received surprisingly little scholarly attention, and there has been a tendency among those who have examined Cato Street to dismiss it as an isolated, forlorn, foolhardy and – ultimately – unimportant event.

The violent intent of the conspirators sits uncomfortably with notions of what it was (and is) to be English or British. It even sits beyond the pale of ‘mainstream’ radical history in Britain, which tends to be framed in terms of evolution rather than revolution. Even within a revolutionary framework, Cato Street can be discussed as the fantasy of isolated adventurists who had no contact with, or influence upon, ‘the masses’.

This conference will examine the Cato Street Conspiracy through several different lenses. These perspectives will shed new light on the plot itself, its contemporary significance, and its importance (or otherwise) in the longer history of radicalism and revolutionary movements.

The conference will welcome papers which explore earlier and later revolutionary and insurrectionary ‘moments’ in Britain and Ireland. This longer chronological framework, stretching back as far as the Reformation and forwards into the twenty-first century, will enable scholars to consider whether Cato Street takes on a greater significance in the context of ill-fated entanglements such as the Rye House Plot, the Tong Plot, the Nonsuch House Plot, etc.

The organisers are particularly interested in comparisons and contrasts between the (under-explored) British insurrectionary tradition, and the (perhaps over-explored?) history of Irish revolutionary violence. The topics to be addressed may include (but will not be limited to):

– All aspects of the Cato Street plot itself
– Broader chronological and geographical contexts of revolution in Britain and Ireland, including:
-British and Irish plots and insurrections before Cato Street.
-British and Irish plots after Cato Street (after 1820 the next people to be executed for treason by the British state were the Irish rebels of 1916).
-Race, racism and radicalism (one of the executed Cato Street conspirators, William Davidson, was a Jamaican of African descent)
-Enthusiasm for the French Revolution and other foreign risings and revolts (one of the executed Cato Street conspirators had served in the army of the French republic)
-The fate and influence of transported radicals (five of the Cato Street conspirators were transported to Australia)
-The changing contexts of political violence (national and global) in the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries

It is hoped to bring together scholars from a range of related specialisms, including history, journalism studies, English literature, criminology and politics.
Proposals are invited for papers of 20 minutes that address any aspects of the Cato Street conspiracy, its representation, its antecedents, its effect on radicalism, its place in history, or its contemporary resonances.

It is envisaged that the conference will lead to the publication of a high-quality volume of essays in time for the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the plot in February 1820.

For more details about the conference, please see our website:


Professor Adrian Bigham
Professor in Modern History, Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Journalism and History, University of Sheffield

Professor Martin Conboy
Professor of Journalism History, Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Journalism and History, University of Sheffield

Dr Jason McElligott
The Keeper, Marsh’s Library, Dublin

Christopher Shoop-Worrall
Research Assistant, University of Sheffield

Christopher Shoop-Worrall

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