Newsletter of the Mercurians, in the Society for the History of Technology

Volume 10, No. 1, November 1997

Mercurial Matters

1998 in Baltimore

Mercurian's Activities

News of the Field in Brief

Spread Spectrum

Related Websites

Joseph Henry, Radio Pioneer

Book Reviews
Media and Revolution

Contact Us

 News of the Field in Brief

Film in Stockholm

The Institute of Futures Studies and Department of Cinema Studies, Stockholm University, is organizing a conference on "Technologies of Moving Images" for December 6-9, 1998. They invite proposals on the representation, reception, deployment, and dissemination of cinematographic technologies from pre-cinema to digital developments. Proposals for 20-minute presentations consisting of a 200-word abstract are due by April 6, 1998. Abstracts should state the title of the proposed paper and indicate what media (film, slide, video, cd-rom, etc.) will be necessary for the presentation.

Send proposals to Elaine King, Department of Cinema Studies, Box 27062, 102 51 Stockholm, Sweden; fax +46 8 6650723; e-mail <>.

Please contact the conference organizer if you would like to be included on the mailing list.

Art & Technology

Liverpool, England, will be the site of a conference on Art and Technology: In the Age of Information July 1-3, 1998. A wide range of participants, including artists, critics, and scholars from the humanities, will share academic analyses as well as demonstrations, exhibitions, performances, computer installations, and so on. For information, contact Toby Jackson, Tate Gallery Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4BB UK, or see <>.

Graduate Summer Seminars

A summer seminar for doctoral students on the subject of "Technology and the Human Condition" will be held on the campus of the University of Notre Dame from June 6-19, 1998. Clifford Christians, Research Professor of Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana, will lead the seminar. Stipends of $400 plus up to $300 for travel expenses will be available. This seminar is co-sponsored by The Pew Younger Scholars Program and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Applications are due by March 31, 1998. For more information, contact Donna Ring, Pew Younger Scholars Program, G123 Hesburgh Library, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556; or call 219/631-4097; fax 219/631-8721; e-mail <>.

Broadcast Education Association

The History Division of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) will sponsor sessions on electronic media history at the BEA's annual meeting in Las Vegas, April 3-6. For future reference, the History Division offers a competitive, blind, judging of papers submitted before the conference. Judging is based on how well papers contribute to the literature, how they form their arguments and use source materials, as well as on content and style.

For information, contact J. Steven Smethers, School of Journalism/Broadcasting, Oklahoma State University, 309 Paul Miller Building, Stillwater, OK 74078-4053; 405/744-6448; <>.

Coming: New Media & Society

Sage Publications is starting up a new international journal, New Media & Society, with the first issue coming out in April 1999. This interdisciplinary forum will examine the social dynamics of media and information change. It will engage in critical discussions of key issues arising from the scale and speed of new media development, drawing on a wide range of disciplinary perspectives and on both theoretical and empirical research.

The journal will include contributions on the individual, social, cultural, and political dimensions of new media; the global and local dimensions of the relationship between media and social change; the implications and impacts of, as well as the determinants and obstacles to, media change; relationships between theory, policy and practice. Its multidisciplinary perspectives will engage both the social sciences and the humanities in looking at contemporary as well as historical developments. The next issue of Antenna will contain information for submitting manuscripts and for subscription. In the meantime, for further details contact Jane Makoff at SAGE Publications, <>.

The Journal of Radio Studies

The only scholarly publication in the world dedicated exclusively to radio studies, the Journal of Radio Studies (JRS) seeks articles and book reviews for future issues. JRS encourages interdisciplinary approaches to analyzing contemporary and historical topics. Four clear copies of manuscripts should be sent for blind peer review; manuscripts must conform to APA style guidelines. Authors' mailing address and brief biographical summaries should be provided on a separate page; an abstract of no more than 100 words should be provided on another page.

Send manuscripts to: Frank J. Chorba, JRS Editor, Mass Media Department, Washburn University, Topkea, KS 66621; 913/231-1010, x805. Send book reviews to: J. Steven Smethers, School of Journalism/Broadcasting, Oklahoma State University, 309 Paul Miller Building, Stillwater, OK 74078-4053; 405/744-6448; <>.