The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) has awarded a pre-dissertation fellowship to MCC doctoral candidate Matthew Hockenberry. IHR offers seven of these grants a year to graduate students in the U.S. and Canada.
Hockenberry is examining the discourses governing commercial supply line logistics in the twentieth-century telecommunication industry. He is particularly interested in the media generated as industrial patterns of association and production in the supply chain took shape.
Hockenberry, who refers to supply chains as "networks of making," suggests that the production and transmission of communication materials (reports, brochures, and other ephemera) on the topic of supply cannot be divorced from the emergence of supply-chain production itself.
"The foundations of logistics had become so deeply ingrained within the mechanisms and mentalities of coordination and communication that the pathways of logistical operations and the media of their production had become indistinguishable," argues Hockenberry.
Some of the IHR funding will cover Hockenberry's trip to England where he plans to spend time in archival collections housed at the British library and the Royal Engineering Museum.