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.
Introduction and Overview
Media, Historiography & Competing narratives
The Origins of Irish Radio and Television Broadcasting
Television and Modernisation: Breaking the Silence
The Limitations of the Dominant Narrative on Irish Broadcasting
The Gendered Historical Construction of Media Audiences and Technologies
Remembering History Through Media
Broadcasting, Political Conflict and Censorship
Nation Building, International Media and National Sport
Explaining the relationship between Media and Social Change in Ireland?
The Bishop, the Nightie and the Mediatisation of History
Audience Memories of Television and Everyday Life