Professor Kevin Williams

Professor Kevin Williams
Professor Media & Communication
History
Telephone: (01792) 513347

Educated at Keele, Lyon II and the London School of Economics, his research interests include: history of war reporting; newspaper history, media history; European media and history and the mass media and national identity in small nations. He has also written on health and the media with particular reference to the reporting of HIV/AIDS.

He was deputy head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Cardiff before coming to Swansea, where he was Head of the School of Arts from 2005 to 2008. He has taught in the USA, Denmark, Holland, Spain, Ukraine and several African countries.

Publications

  1. War correspondents as sources for history. Media History 18(3-4), 341-360.
  2. Get Me A Murder A Day! A History of Mass Communication in Britain. Bloomsbury Academic.
  3. “The Long Goodbye” in English is a Welsh Language: Television's Crisis in Wales edited by Geraint Talfan Davies.. In (pp. 30-34). Institute of Welsh Affairs.
  4. “Millionaires and the Public Mind: Norman Angell and the Political Economy of the Press” in Bounds, P and Jagmohan M (eds) Recharting Media Studies: essays on Neglected Media Critics. In (pp. 1Peter Lang.
  5. FLATTENED VISIONS FROM TIMELESS MACHINES. Media History 13(2-3), 127

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Teaching

  • HIH122 Making History

    History is an imprecise art and what historians say and write about the past is not the same as what actually happened in the past. Most people's knowledge about the past doesn't come from professional historians at all but rather from 'public history'. Public history is the collective understandings of the past that exist outside academic discipline of history. It is derived from a diverse range of sources including oral traditions, legends, literature, art, films and television. This module will introduce you to the study and presentation of the past. It will consider how the content, aims and methods of academic and public history compare and contrast and you will engage in your own small research project to investigate this. The module will also teach you about the fundamentals of studying and writing history at university. You will learn about essay writing, group work and critical analysis and employ these skills to understand and assess history today, both as an academic activity and as public knowledge.

  • HIH124 Modern British History

    This module explores the broad sweep of the history of the United Kingdom since its modern creation in 1801. It brings together different approaches from political, economic, social and cultural history to consider the different ways the history of a nation can be studied. At the module's heart are questions of what constitutes a nation and the extent to which British society can be considered to be unified.

  • HIH237 The Practice of History

    The purpose of the module is to encourage you to think more deeply about how historians work and, in particular, about how we as historians can locate and use primary historical sources effectively as a means of interpreting and understanding the past. During the module we will learn about the survival of historical evidence, how it is organised and made accessible to historians to undertake their research, and how to effectively locate and interpret it in your studies. We will consider how the process of doing historical research changes over time, in particular with the impact of recent developments like digitization. At the core of the module will be the work you undertake with others in your seminar group using a range of primary sources which your seminar tutor will introduce to you. As part of the module assessment you will also undertake your own primary source based research project using items from these collections. The module is designed strengthen your analytical skills and to help prepare you for the more extensive uses of primary evidence which you will encounter in final year special subjects and dissertation.

  • HIH267 The History of the Mass Media in the United Kingdom

    This module examines the historical development of the mass media in the United Kingdom,focusing on the emergence of the 'old' media of print, broadcasting and cinema. It examines the institutional histories of these media, the changing relationship with their audiences and the development of their content. Debates about the social impact of these media will be examined as well as the different interpretations of their representation of society and the past. The factors that have shaped their ability to represent society such as censorship, commerce, ownership, propaganda and news management will be addressed.

  • HIH3215 Media and Society in the 1930s

    This module examines the ways in which the 1930s have been represented in popular culture and the mass media, comparing and contrasting contemporaneous representations with reconstructions in the post war period. It examines a range of media forms including popular fiction, cinema, newsreels, television and the press.

  • HIH3300 History Dissertation

    The History dissertation is a free-standing, 40-credit module that runs across both semesters of Level Three. Candidates conduct research upon a subject of their choice, devised in consultation with a member of staff teaching for the degrees in History, and concerning a topic that falls within staff research and teaching interests.

  • MSJM41 Contemporary War Reporting

    This module examines the historical development of war reporting, concentrating on the factors that have shaped the performance of war journalism such as battlefield conditions, government propaganda, military pressures and public understandings.

Supervision

  • 'The Making of Brand Authenticity: An Analysis of Narratives of Justification of Media Organisations.' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Yan Wu
  • 'China's Dream', mass media and public diplomacy. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Yan Wu
  • 'Watching Satellite Television in Libya: a Uses and Gratifications Study.' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Yan Wu
  • Theory and Practice of Peace Journalism in the Global South with special reference to Nepal and Sri Lanka. (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Dr David Berry
  • '''Africa through British eyes: The Changing Represention of the D. R. Congo in the London Times, 1885-2006.''' (awarded 2012)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr David Berry
  • Electronic Dialogues: A study of televisual practices in Northeast India (awarded 2007)

    Student name:
    PhD