I’m Dr. Stephanie Seul and I write about the international history of media and communication in the era of the two World Wars.
I have published on topics such as British propaganda during the 1930s and the Second World War, the representation of Weimar antisemitism and the Holocaust in the contemporary international press and radio, the International Press Exhibition PRESSA in Cologne in 1928, and the German-Jewish press during the First World War. Moreover, my most recent research project explores women war reporters during the First World War from a comparative perspective.
I work as a tenured research associate in media history at the University of Bremen in Germany. This is my blog where I write about my research off the beaten track of academic journals and books hidden behind paywalls.
1/3/2023 — To celebrate the contributions women have made to history during Women’s History Month 2023, I will be tweeting each day in March about one woman war reporter of the First World War. Follow @stephanie_seul on Twitter and #WomenWarReporters!
8/11/2022 — I am pleased to announce that I have been appointed co-editor of Media History (Taylor&Francis). The peer-reviewed international and interdisciplinary journal publishes articles about media, communication and society from the fifteenth century to the present. Media History has been published since 1998 and was formally known as Studies in Newspaper and Periodical History (1993 – 1997).
18/1/2022 — I have been appointed to the new International Advisory Board of the Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (Cambridge University Press). The flagship journal of the Royal Historical Society, the UK’s leading membership organisation for professional historians, has been published since 1872.
7/1/2022 — I have been elected a Corresponding Editor on the Editorial Board of Journalism History (Taylor&Francis). The official academic journal of the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication publishes articles about the history of mass media and communication in the United States and beyond.
8/11/2021 — I have given an interview to the German radio station WDR 5 about Deutsches Zeitungsportal, Germany’s newly launched digital newspaper archive: Christopher Ophoven: “Online-Portal für historische Zeitungen.” WDR 5 Töne, Texte, Bilder, 6 November 2021, 05:03 Min.
27/07/2021 — I am delighted to share that I have been elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) “in recognition of your contribution to historical scholarship”. The Royal Historical Society, founded in 1868, is the UK’s leading society working for historians and history. In 2021 nearly 4500 historians belong and contribute to the Society — as fellows and members active in the UK and worldwide. I feel honoured to join these champions of history.
“Chamberlain’s propaganda: Appeasement and BBC German-language broadcasting, 1938-1940.” Berlin and the BBC, 3-4 November 2022, Centre for British Studies, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany.
“A force for good in the world? The PRESSA (International Press Exhibition Cologne 1928) and the public discourse on the impact of the press on international relations.” Rethink Impact: ECREA 9th European Communication Conference, 19-22 October 2022, Aarhus, Denmark.
“’It has now become difficult to give any assurance that Germany is a country safe for Jews’: The British press and Nazi anti-Semitism during the Weimar Republic.” Nationalsozialismus und internationale Öffentlichkeit / National Socialism and the Global Public, 28-29 September 2022, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany (online participation).
“Diplomacy and Propaganda: Integrating the German People into Chamberlain’s Appeasement Policy, 1938-1940.” A History of Media Tactics, 26-28 September 2022, Lund University, Sweden.
“The Jewish Weekly ‘Jüdische Rundschau’ During the First World War.” Diversity Essay Series, Journalism History (12 September 2022).
“Transcending Boundaries: Daily Express Correspondent Annie Christitch’s Reporting from First World War Serbia,” TMG Journal for Media History 24,1-2 (2021), pp. 1-38. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18146/tmg.791
Review of Heidi J.S. Tworek, News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900-1945, German Studies Review 43,1 (2020).
“’For a German Audience We Do Not Use Appeals for Sympathy on Behalf of Jews as a Propaganda Line’: The BBC German Service and the Holocaust,” in Simon Eliot and Marc Wiggam (eds.), Allied Communication to the Public during the Second World War: National and Transnational Networks. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020, pp. 131-48.