Media, History, Memory

Reading List


This module will provide an overview of some of the complex ways that media, history and personal and collective memory are intertwined. The module will deal predominantly with the history of broadcasting in Ireland during the twentieth century, where there will be an emphasis on television. Theoretical ideas and research work will also be developed through reference to international examples.

The module will not just look at media history, it will also explore historiography, the question of how history comes to be written. It will ask, following E..H Carr, ‘what is history’? The module will avoid a chronological, facts and figures approach. Contrary to views that history is a collection of facts, this module will constantly reflectively examine media and media history in a theoretical and research-informed context.

Week One
Introduction and Overview

Week Two
Media, Historiography & Competing narratives

Week Three
The Origins of Irish Radio and Television Broadcasting

Week Four
Television and Modernisation: Breaking the Silence

Week Five
The Limitations of the Dominant Narrative on Irish Broadcasting

Week Six
The Gendered Historical Construction of Media Audiences and Technologies

Week Seven
Remembering History Through Media

Week Eight
Broadcasting, Political Conflict and Censorship

Week Nine
Nation Building, International Media and National Sport

Week Ten
Explaining the relationship between Media and Social Change in Ireland?

Week Eleven
The Bishop, the Nightie and the Mediatisation of History

Week Twelve
Audience Memories of Television and Everyday Life