IAMHIST Online Seminars

In 2021 IAMHIST will be organising a series of online media history seminars. These seminars are informal online events enabling early career as well as advanced scholars to share and discuss their research and expertise. The seminars will take place via Zoom and after registration are open to all free of charge. Links to register for individual seminars will be circulated a month prior to the event date via Eventbrite. Please follow IAMHIST on Twitter, Facebook and/or join our mailing list to receive regular updates and registration links for these events.

Media Histories of World War I

24 March 2020, 17.00-19.00 CET

Hosted by Brett Bowles and Leen Engelen

Event registration link: IAMHIST Online: Media Histories of the First World War Tickets, Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite

The first instalment of the series will have ‘Media Histories of World War I’ as its topic. The Great War has been described by scholars as a “matrix of modern media” (Joëlle Beurier, 2005) that played an unprecedented role in both entertaining and informing wartime audiences, from soldiers at the front lines to civilians on the home front. Photographs and drawings reproduced in the press and on postcards, fiction films and newsreels, magic lantern slides, illustrated mural posters, and musical recordings were all eagerly consumed by audiences worldwide and significantly shaped how contemporaries understood and experienced the war, both affectively and ideologically.

Three speakers will be discussing the use of mass media during the war. They will focus on cinema, music and lantern slides respectively.


Emma Hanna – Sounds of War: Music in the British Armed Forces During the Great War.

Dr Emma Hanna is a Lecturer in the School of History, University of Kent. She is the author of The Great War on the Small Screen: Representing the First World War in Contemporary Britain (Edinburgh University Press, 2009) and Sounds of War: Music in the British Armed Forces During the Great War (Cambridge University Press, 2020), and a Co-Investigator on two major research projects: Gateways to the First World War (AHRC, 2014-2019) and Reflections on the Centenary of the First World War: Learning & Legacies for the Future (AHRC, 2017-2020).

Veronica Johnson – “Making films in World War One: the Irish experience”

Veronica Johnson teaches film studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research centres on early and silent cinema with a focus on The Film Company of Ireland (1916-1920)

Jason Bate – “Rebuilding ex-servicemen with the lantern: the Royal Society of Medicine and the Pensions Ministry, 1914-1919”

Jason Bate is a lecturer in the practices and histories of photography at Falmouth University, UK. His current research explores photographic and lantern practices of the First World War, focusing in particular on the significance that photographers’ interactions with other media and technologies had on the production of ways of recovering from the war. He has published in titles including Visual Culture of Britain, History and Technology, Social History of Medicine, and Science Museum Group Journal. 

The seminar is moderated by Brett Bowles (Indiana University) and Leen Engelen (LUCA School of Arts & University of Antwerp).

Upcoming seminars:

Media in World War II 

April 19, 16.30-18.00 CET

Hosted by Tobias Hochscherf and Roel Vande Winkel

Are you working on World War Two cinema or radio? Are you working on other audiovisual media from 1939 to 1945 for an essay, a thesis or a PhD? This seminar, organised by Tobias Hochscherf and Roel Vande Winkel, invites contributions from persons who do research about audio-visual (or other) media in the Second World War.​ If you would like to participate, please send a short abstract and CV, no later than Friday April 9, to tobias.hochscherf@fh-kiel.de and to roel.vandewinkel@kuleuven.be. Selected participants will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting no later than Friday April 16.

Publication Workshop

July 2021, date and time TBC

Hosted by Llewella Chapman

Hosted by Llewella Chapman (University of East Anglia), IAMHIST’s Blog Editor, this publication workshop offers postgraduates, PhD students and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) the opportunity to join commissioning editors from different publishing houses, alongside Ciara Chambers and James Chapman (book reviews editor and editor of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television) to discuss different publication avenues for their research.

Confirmed speakers: Maryse Elliott (Amsterdam University Press), Rebecca Barden (Bloomsbury) and Matthew Frost (Manchester University Press).

IAMHIST Master class on Media and History

September 2021, date and time TBC

Hosted by Tobias Hochscherf and Katharina Niemeyer

Details to follow.

Make Film History: Opening up the Archives to Young Filmmakers

October 2021, date and time TBC

Hosted by Ciara Chambers

Ciara Chambers (University College Cork) and Shane O’Sullivan (Kingston University, London) will discuss the Make Film History project, which is developing a new, sustainable model for the creative reuse of archive material for non-commercial use by young filmmakers, supported by the project partners, the British Film Institute (BFI), BBC Archive Editorial, the Irish Film Institute and Northern Ireland Screen. They will be joined by a filmmaker to discuss the ethics and challenges of creative reuse of archival material in both mainstream and independent cinema.

Dressing the Media: Materials and Methods for Studying Screen Costume

15 October 2021, 13.00-16.00 CET

           Hosted by Melanie Bell and Llewella Chapman

Since the 1990 publication of Jane Gaines and Charlotte Herzog’s path-breaking Fabrications, the study of costume design for film and television has become well-established in the academy. Scholars have published an impressive body of research on fashion on screen, the costume design process, and the labour and professional identities of costume designers, much of this situated in the wider context of media histories and production studies. This workshop provides an opportunity to hear the latest research from scholars (both early career and established) working in the field of screen costume, to share ideas, reflect on methodologies and archival sources for the research and teaching of costume for the screen. An online workshop, co-organised and hosted by Melanie Bell (University of Leeds) and Llewella Chapman (University of East Anglia).

Key words:

Costume, fashion, design, history, archives, gender, feminist media histories, film, television, on-screen media

Confirmed speakers: Professor Sarah Street (University of Bristol), Dr Elizabeth Castaldo Lundèn (Stockholm University), Dr Helen Warner (University of East Anglia) and Vicky Haddock (Costume Curator and Collections Care, Zenzie Tinker Textile Conservation).

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