Reader in Media and Cultural History
Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication
Areas of Expertise
Popular music culture and economies
Creative industries and cultural policy
Paul Long studied Film and Literature at the University of Warwick, completing his master’s degree in the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham. He completed his doctoral research at the Centre for Social History at the University of Warwick under the supervision of Professor Carolyn Steedman. His thesis formed the basis of his first book ‘”Only in the Common People”: The Aesthetic of Class in Post-War Britain’, published in 2008 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. He has published on media history, popular music and radio and is champion of the neglected TV documentarist Philip Donnellan, supporting work to preserve his archive (see: http://philipdonnellan.posterous.com). He leads research in the NESTA/ACE/AHRC-funded evaluation of the ‘Culture Cloud’ digital R&D project (see http://culturecloudproject.org) and the pan-European Leonardo Partnership ‘Innovative Media and Music Heritage Impacting Vocational Education’ (see: http://immhive.posterous.com). He is a Co-Investigator in the AHRC-funded ‘Cultural Intermediation: Connecting Communities in the Creative Urban Economy’. Further research projects in development concern the role of class, ethnicity and gender creative industries work and a historical study of the relationship between student unions and the music business in the UK.
‘Tony Palmer’s All You Need Is Love: Television’s first pop history’ [with Paul Long] in Benjamin Halligan, Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs, and Robert Edgar (eds) The Music Documentary, Taylor & Francis/Routledge (forthcoming 2013).
Media studies: texts, production and context (second edition) [ed with Paul Long] Pearson (forthcoming 2012)
‘Mapping the Soundscapes of Popular Music Heritage’ [with Jez Collins, Birmingham Popular Music Archive] in Les Roberts (ed.) Mapping Cultures Palgrave 2012
‘Student Music’’, Arts Marketing: An International Journal 1/2, pp. 121-135 2011
‘Representing Race, and Place: Black Midlanders on Television in the 1960s and 1970s’, Midland History 36/2, pp. 262–77 2011
The Creative Industries in Wolverhampton: Between Policy and Practice. A ‘Creative District’ report for Creative Metropoles [with Jeremy Collins, Steve Harding & Nina Lakeberg; Harding, S. & Challenger, F. (Eds.)] Light House 2011
‘Constructing the histories of popular music: the Britannia series’ [with Paul Long] in Ian Inglis (ed) Popular Music on British Television Ashgate 2010
‘“I think it’s over now’ “The Fall, John Peel, Popular Music and Radio’ in Michael Goddard (ed.) Mark E. Smith and The Fall: Art, Music and Politics Ashgate 2010
‘Jazz Britannia: mediating the story of British jazz on television’ [with Paul Long] Jazz Research Journal 3/2, 145-170 2010
‘Experimenting with fandom, live music, and the internet: applying insights from music fan culture to new media production’ [with Andrew Dubber] Journal of New Music Research, 39/2, 159-169, 2010
‘Ephemeral Work’: Louis MacNeice and ‘Pure Radio’, Key Words, No.7, pp. 73-91 2009
Media studies: texts, production and context [ed with Paul Long] Pearson 2009
‘Introduction’ to exhibition catalogue, ‘Participation: The Film and Television Workshop Movement, 1979-1991’, Vivid Arts 2009.
‘British Radio and the Politics of Culture in Post-War Britain: The Work of Charles Parker’ reprinted in Crisell, Andrew (ed), Radio (Critical Concepts in Media & Cultural Studies), Routledge (2009)
‘Only in the common people’: The Aesthetics of Class in Post-War Britain Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2008
‘An Entirely New Englishness: The Post-War Folk Revival and the Negotiation of National Identity’ in Chris Hart (ed.), Englishness: Diversity, Differences & Identity, Midrash 2007.
‘The Primary Code: The Meanings of John Peel, Radio and Popular Music Radio’, The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media 4/ 1-3, pp. 25-48, 2006
‘The Mistakes of the Past’? Visual Narratives of Urban Decline and Regeneration’ [With Dr. David Parker, University of Nottingham] Visual Culture in Britain 5/1, pp. 37-58, 2004
‘British Radio and the Politics of Culture in Post-War Britain: The Work of Charles Parker’ The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media, 2/3, pp. 131-52 2004
[With Dr. David Parker, University of Nottingham] ‘Reimagining Birmingham: Public History, Selective Memory and the Narration of Urban Change’ [With Dr. David Parker, University of Nottingham] European Journal of Cultural Studies 6/2, pp. 157-78 2003
‘“But it’s not all nostalgia”: Public History in Birmingham’ in Hilda Kean, Paul Martin & Sally Morgan (eds) Seeing History: Public History Now in Britain Francis Boutle 2000
[Invited speaker] ‘“The heroes and villains are black, brown and white just as you’d expect them to be.” Looking for Histories of Race and Place on the Small Screen’ British Society on the Small Screen? The Historian, Television and History University of Leicester 2009
[Speaker, organiser with West Midlands Cultural Observatory], Second Cultural Research and Intelligence Gathering Network (CRAIN) Conference 2011
Invited panel organiser, Digital Archives and Online Practice, Sites Of Popular Music Heritage, Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool 2011
‘Were we the BBC? Broadcast practice and culture in BBC regions in the 1950s’ [With Ieuan Franklin, University of Portsmouth] Broadcasting in the 1950s, University of Wales 2011
‘Rock (and everything else) Goes to College. The role of universities, the NUS and student union venues in the business of live music’, The Business of Live Music, University of Edinburgh 2011
[Organiser, speaker] Film Heritage, Digital Future: Practice and Sustainability for the Film Archive Sector Birmingham City University in collaboration with Screen West Midlands.
[with Ieuan Franklin, University of Portsmouth] ‘The Overheard and Underprivileged: Uses of Montage Sound in the Post-War BBC Television Documentaries of Denis Mitchell and Philip Donnellan‘ [with Ieuan Franklin, University of Portsmouth] Documentary Now!, University of Westminster 2011
‘Using Online and Social Media – Extending Audiences’ [With Tim Wall, BCU and Jeremy Collins, Birmingham Music Archive] Dutch Jazz and World Meeting, Music Center the Netherlands 2010
[Speaker, organiser with West Midlands Cultural Observatory] Cultural Research and Intelligence Gathering Network (CRAIN) Conference 2010
‘Tony Palmer’s All You Need Is Love: Narrating Popular Music History’ [With Tim Wall, BCU] Sights and Sounds Salford University 2010
“Inscribing the work of Philip Donnellan into documentary and other histories’ On, Archives!, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA 2010
‘Listening for the sounds of place and memory in popular music heritage’ [with Jeremy Collins, Birmingham Music Archive] Mapping, Memory and the City University of Liverpool 2010
‘“Why not become an Author and help us build the Archive?” Mediating Personal and Community Memories in Online Archival Work’ [with Jeremy Collins, Birmingham Music Archive] Cybercultures: Exploring Issues Online, Interdisciplinrary.Net Salzberg 2010 (online at: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/cyber/cybercultures/conference-programme-abstracts-and-papers/)
Contact Paul: [email protected]