About the Conference

The International History of Public Relations Conference is organised by the Public Relations Research Group of the Institute for Media & Communication Research in Bournemouth University’s Media School. It is an annual opportunity for scholars, historians and interested practitioners from around the world to meet, hear papers and discuss the history of public relations.

At the first conference 34 peer-reviewed papers were presented by speakers from 13 countries. The keynote speakers were leading public relations historians Dr Karen Miller Russell, University of Georgia, and Dr Jacquie L’Etang, (then) University of Stirling. A selection of conference papers were published in a special issue of the Journal of Communication Management, Vol 15, No 3, 2011.

In 2011, the second conference attracted 28 papers presented from 15 countries. The keynote speaker was eminent US PR historian and journal editor, Ray E. Hiebert. Eight papers were chosen from the conference for a ‘Public Relations and History’ special section in Public Relations Review September 2012 edition (Vol 38, No 3).

The 2012 conference featured a keynote address by Prof Dr Gunter Bentele of Leipzig University, who discussed aspects of historiography. He was followed by 33 peer-reviewed papers presented by speakers from 14 countries. Selected papers were published as a Public Relations History 2013 special edition  of Public Relations Review (Vol 39, No. 2), June 2013.

Last year’s (2013) conference attracted a record number of abstracts  and 35 authors from 17 countries presented papers.The keynote speaker was IHPRC’s founder Prof Tom Watson of Bournemouth University. Some papers will be published in another Public Relations Review special issue on Public Relations History in mid-2014.

The dates for the 2014 IHPRC are July 2-3, which will be the fifth anniversary conference.

The venue is Bournemouth University’s Executive Business Centre (EBC) in Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth. Situated near the town’s mainline rail station, with its direct connections to London, the EBC is a short walk from Bournemouth’s famed sandy beaches and hotels. There are also express coach services from London and major airports to Bournemouth, stopping close to the EBC. Travel and accommodation information can be found on the Bournemouth University website and in the Registration section of this website.

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