Le congrès

3ème congrès de la Société pour l’histoire des médias (SPHM) et du Centre des sciences historiques de la culture (SHC) : Métiers et professions des médias (XVIIIe-XXIe siècles)

Coordination et élaboration du site web : Emmanuelle Paccaud

Réalisation de la capsule vidéo : David Monti

Responsables scientifiques : François Robinet et François Vallotton

In 2018, the Society for Media History decided to organise its third Congress at the University of Lausanne in collaboration with the Centre des sciences historiques de la culture, a pluri-disciplinary research centre of the Faculty of Arts at UNIL. The chosen theme was « Media professions and trades, from the 18th century to the present day. Except for a few case studies, this topic remains a minor part of media studies – especially in a trans-national and trans-media perspective.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Congress has been turned into a website that is meant to be both evolutive and in line with the original programme. It incorporates the various perspectives thought up for the Congress and features different forms of presentation. In short, we wished to stimulate the creativity of the participants, also by encouraging them to use the resources specific to their work.

These multimedia papers explore four lines of approaches.

The first examines the representations of media professions, as well as the posture of professionals in the public space and in relation to their fellow peers.

A second line of approach investigates practices and their evolution in the long term, e.g. by addressing the constraints linked to certain occupations, as well as  less represented or even forgotten professions.

From a sociological perspective, a third focus explores the strategies of legitimisation and distinction, as well as the gender-based inequalities that restrict the access to certain trades; it also maps out training sites and associations.

A fourth and final angle looks at the relationship between media professionals and their audiences, but also by questioning the extent to which the public is involved in media productions and their reception.

In conclusion, this website provides new models of academic communications that are particularly relevant to the field of media history. We look forward to your comments – in the appropriate sections – and wish you exciting discoveries.

Website design and coordination: Emmanuelle Paccaud

Video clip: David Monti

Scientific supervision: François Robinet and François Vallotton