IAMHIST Challenge Event: Researching Cinema in the First World War

Researching Cinema in the First World War: A workshop

In association with the International Association of Media and History (IAMHIST) and the College of English and Creative Arts, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)

Hosted in-person (only) at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)

Tuesday 5th October 2021, 10am – 6pm (BST)

Led by experts on researching cinema in this challenging period of 1914-1918, the workshop will provide information on methods of research. The aim of this event is to provide practical guidance and support to doctoral students and early career researchers who are beginning their research in this area, as well as to provide a networking opportunity for presenters and attendees. The workshop will also include a visit to the NUIG archive to work with contemporary material and a film screening of Knocknagow (Fred O’Donovan, 1918), the first feature length film made by the Film Company of Ireland, made available thanks to the Irish Film Institute.

Students will have the opportunity to work with Leen Engelen (LUCA School of Arts/KU Leuven, President of IAMHIST) on Cinema and Spectacle, Denis Condon (Maynooth University) on newspaper archives, Kasandra O’Connell (Irish Film Institute) on film archives and Veronica Johnson (NUIG) on female film pioneers.

Places are limited at this free event due to COVID 19 restrictions so please book your place as soon as possible. There is a limited amount of travel bursaries available for students.

Please contact the event organiser Veronica Johnson at johnsonv@nuigalway.ie for bookings or any queries.

British Film Institute: Rare image of the interior of a cinema, c.1913 – The Palladium, Mile End Road. Credit: Courtesy of the Cinema Museum, London

This workshop has been awarded funding as part of the IAMHIST Challenge scheme.  The purpose of the Challenge is to explore and/or showcase new and innovative research, practice and methodologies in the field and to support PhD students and early career researchers to develop further their professional networks and their acquisition of research-related and transferable skills.

IAMHIST Master Class Summer 2021

Monday 27 September 2021, 3pm-7pm CET

Online meeting (Zoom)

Are you a graduate or doctoral student, post-doctoral researcher, or early career professional currently working on a project in which you engage issues concerning historical film, radio or television or issues in media history? Are you interested in presenting your project to a small group of experts and peers? Then this master class of the International Association for Media and History may be just what you are looking for. The master class deliberately has a broad scope, including any research in the field of media and history.

Participants are expected to give a short introduction to their project and to prepare some central questions for discussion. IAMHIST Council members will engage with your project and discuss sources and strategies for developing it further.

The master class is a small-scale event that aims to offer emerging scholars and media professionals an opportunity to engage with leaders in the field in a less formal setting than an academic conference. The master class includes a seminar on academic publishing. There is no charge for attendance.

To apply for this event, send a 300-word proposal of your project and a short biography to Professor Katharina Niemeyer (niemeyer.katharina@uqam.ca) and Professor Tobias Hochscherf (tobias.hochscherf@fh-kiel.de). Deadline for proposals is 10 September 2021.

The Culbert Family Book Prize for Publications on Media History dealing with Propaganda, Mass Persuasion and Public Opinion


David H. Culbert (1943-2017) was a diligent media historian. More than anything else, his scholarly interest was the research on the history of propaganda, information policy and mass persuasion. He was John L. Loos Professor of History at Louisiana State University, an active IAMHIST Council member and editor of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television from 1992 to 2012.


The prize is awarded on behalf of the Culbert family for outstanding works looking at the history of ways in which media, public opinion, politics and diplomacy interact. It is awarded to monographs and anthologies on these topics that were published within the last four years in English. The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2021. Please send a print copy only of the book to all three jury members listed below. The $2,000 prize will be awarded at the 2022 IAMHIST conference (scheduled to take place from 12-14 July 2022 in Kiel, Germany). The prize has been established by an endowment from Lubna Culbert. The first winner of the prize was Benjamin G. Martin with The Nazi-Fascist New Order for European Culture (Harvard University Press, 2016) in 2020.

Please send a print copy of the book to each of the jury members:

Tobias Hochscherf
Kiel University of Applied Sciences
Faculty of Media
Grenzstr. 3
24149 Kiel, Germany

James Chapman
University of Leicester
School of Arts (History of Art and Film)
University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH, United Kingdom

Leen Engelen
LUCA School of Arts / KU Leuven
Tiensevest 96, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

Please note that the prize committee’s decision is final.

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