CFP: Workshop on Extras, bit-players, and historical consultants in media history

The first IAMHIST challenge winner’s CFP: here
Under the guidance of the research and teaching assistant Anna Luise Kiss, a group of nine postgraduate students of the Film University Konrad Wolf currently do research on the way, extras and bit-players were employed during the period of the UFA (Universum Film AG founded in 1917), DEFA (German Film AG of the GDR) and the Studio Babelsberg, the latter still existing nowadays. To present the results of the research project and enable high level scientific exchange and a hands-on perspective on this field of research, the students furthermore organize a workshop. It will take place in Potsdam (Germany) in July, 2017. Submissions from advanced scholars, early-career researchers and doctoral students are welcome. Artists are also encouraged to participate with videos or films. To broaden the perspective, submissions on historical consultants are highly welcome as well. As for historical consultants, in general they are treated like bit players, or as nothing more than window-dressing.

IAMHIST wishes you a nice winter break

…and here are the latest and last 2016 news:

We have already received a huge amount of proposals from all over the world but some of you asked for an extended deadline, and this is possible. You can send your paper and panel proposals until January 20th, 2017.

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CFP: IAMHIST Master Class on Media and History – Newcastle

Thursday, 12 January 2017

logo_iamhistAre you a graduate or doctoral student, post-doc, or young 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 & history.

Participants are expected to give a short introduction to their project and to prepare some central questions for discussion. Senior members of IAMHIST will engage with your project and discuss sources and strategies for developing it further. Maximum 9 proposals will be accepted.capture-decran-2016-11-22-a-14-44-56

The day is designed to be a small-scale networking event for emerging scholars and media professionals and an opportunity to engage with leaders in the field in a less formal setting than an academic conference. There is no charge for attendance and lunch is included. Participants are expected to attend both the master class and the one-day conference.

To apply for this event, send a 300 word proposal of your project and one paragraph bio to: 

IAMHIST secretary general Leen Engelen (leen. engelen @

Deadline is Saturday 10 December 2016.

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