Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Introducing CPHC and Dr Chris Hill

The Centre for Print History and Culture [CPHC] has just appointed its first full time Research Fellow, Dr Chris Hill.

Chris has research interests in histories of mass communication and radicalism and the relationship that has existed and evolved between them in modern Britain. 

His Ph.D. research, which focused on broadcasters, newspapers and protest movements in the 1950s and 60s, has given him a particular interest in areas congruent with those of the Centre for Printing History and Culture, including the political economy of the press, printing unions and radical print. Chris is about to embark on a project entitled ‘Solidarities of Print: Printers and the Struggle for Press Freedom in Modern Britain'. The project explores how printing unions forged and furthered solidarities with workers, ethnic minorities, protest movements and women through the crafts of their members and the creation of objects of dissent. It challenges narratives of ‘the freedom of the press’ by placing the printer and his or her labour at the centre of a story spanning from the repeal of the newspaper stamp through to the Leveson Inquiry.

Chris's publications include
Media, Movements and Democracy in Cold War Britain: Peace and Power (Bloomsbury Academic, due 2017)

Nations of Peace: Nuclear Disarmament and the Making of National Identity in Scotland and Wales’, Twentieth Century British History (available through advanced access)

"The Problem of Frontiers and Desert”: Non-Violent Direct Action against Nuclear Bases and Tests in the Cold War’, in Patrick Major, Mara Olive & Linda Risso (eds), The Bomb, Volume Two, Society and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

‘Media and Democracy in Labour History: Re-assessing the Defence Debate of 1960’ in Class, Culture and Community: new perspectives in nineteenth and twentieth-century British Labour History (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2012)

The Visual Communication Department at the University of Wolverhampton is an associate member of the new Centre for Print History and Culture [CPHC]. The centre exists to:

• Stimulates, supports, publicises and disseminates knowledge of printing history and culture; 

• Provides a local, regional, national and international means of exchanging information, skills and expertise in printing history and culture; 

• Engages in and supports ground-breaking interdisciplinary research into printing history and culture; 

• Seeks partnerships between universities, heritage organisations, independent scholars, businesses and practitioners to sponsor and encourage the investigation and understanding of printing history and culture; 

• Promotes transfer and exchange of knowledge of printing history and culture amongst individuals and within communities and institutions.

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