CfP: Historizing international organizations and their communication – Institutions, practices, changes (ZS Communication Sciences); by: 30.01.2022

Communication Sciences (SComS) (Web); Edititors: Erik Koenen, Arne L. Gellrich, and Stefanie Averbeck-Lietz (Univ. of Bremen), Christian Schwarzenegger (Univ. of Augsburg), and Astrid Blome (Inst. for Newspaper Research Dortmund)

Proposals by: 30.01.2022

The editors are seeking contributions for a thematic section of Studies in Communication Sciences (SComS) exploring international organizations and their communication from a historical perspective. SComS is a peer-reviewed journal of communication and media research with platinum open-access (no article processing charges).

The Thematic Section will focus on a topic that has thus far received little attention from communication and media researchers: the history of international organizations and their communication. Since the second half of the 19th century, for numerous and diverse areas of social life, globally active international organizations of varying degrees of institutionalization and scope, both non-governmental and intergovernmental, have been founded and have dedicated themselves to the global challenges of the first modern age. The most famous of these is certainly the League of Nations (LON), which was established in 1919 as the predecessor institution of the United Nations.

From a media-historical perspective, international organizations played a highly visible role in the transnational intertwining and consolidation processes of journalism, culture, media, politics, technology, and the public sphere in the 19th and 20th centuries. Against the background of the much-discussed boundaries between secret diplomacy and public diplomacy, especially after the First World War, such organizations contributed to the development of the first arenas and forms of international and transnational public spheres whose orientation was toward global governance. To spread their concerns and goals globally, they: constantly used the latest communication technologies and the growing diversity of the media for their communication; organized and professionalized their information work; and developed specific information-policy instruments and strategies for that purpose. Woodrow Wilson’s idea of “open diplomacy” (in fact, the early forerunner of today’s public diplomacy), for example, was the idea on which the LON based its information policy.

Effects of the differentiation and organization of international organizations’ communication, such as the … read more and source (Web).