Call for Papers: IAMHIST Conference 2022


International Association for Media and History Conference 2022, Kiel University of Applied Sciences (Kiel, Germany), 12-14 July (in-person)

Deadline for submissions: 

10 January 2022

Name of organisation: 

IAMHIST – Conference organizer: Professor Tobias Hochscherf (Kiel University of Applied Sciences)

Contact email:

IAMHIST is the International Association for Media and History, an organisation of scholars, filmmakers, broadcasters and archivists dedicated to historical enquiry into film, radio, TV and other related media. Its next biennial conference will take place in Kiel, northern Germany, from 12-14 July 2022.

The conference theme this year is CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND THE MEDIA. Scholars of media history, more other than not, have looked at the role of media in times of conflict, revolution, war, crisis, social and political upheaval. Yet, media has also played a decisive role in processes of conflict resolution. As such, media in one way or another affected nation building processes, the fight for civil rights, equalities, the reconciliation of former enemies, the democratisation of totalitarian states and peacekeeping missions around the world. Examples include European integration after the Cold War, the end of Apartheid in South Africa, democratisation processes after military dictatorships in South America or the empowerment of minorities.

The conference invites academics and practitioners from all relevant disciplines to take part in a timely conversation about the historical role of media in conflict and conflict resolution, from the film and broadcasting industries and the press, to new media, social media and advertising. In addition to presentations, the conference will include film screenings, events geared towards PhD and early-career scholars, social events, and a roundtable on the subject of the conference.

Proposals are welcome on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Media representations and examples of conflict resolution, consolation and reconciliation processes
  • Media reception and its positive impact upon social coexistence and the integration of society
  • The role of alternative or oppositional media and the challenging of power, injustice and inequality
  • Examples of how media circumvented censorship, regulation and offence
  • Media education and learning initiatives
  • The role of public service broadcasting in sustaining citizenship and civil society
  • Case studies of how media content has stimulated creativity and cultural excellence
  • The role of soft power: how media helped improving international relations through the means of public diplomacy and intervention

The deadline for proposals is 10 January 2022, you can submit proposals through the website:

Individual paper proposals should consist of a title, an abstract of 150 to 300 words and a short biography. Panel proposals (of three papers) are welcome; they need to be registered by the individual presenters who must flag up the title of the panel. We also appreciate proposals for archival, artistic or multimedia projects; you are welcome to discuss their suitability with the conference organisers in advance of the deadline.

Notifications of decisions will be sent alongside additional information on travel and accommodation by early February 2022; registration will be open by that day. Conference attendees are expected to be members of IAMHIST – there will be an opportunity to join at the time of registration.

IAMHIST Master Class 2022

The International Association for Media and History and the Faculty of Media and Journalism, Volda University College, Norway


IAMHIST Master Class on Media and History


One day symposium: Visuals in Protest, Terror, Conflict and War


 Thursday, 13 January 2022 (master class)

Friday, 14 January 2022 (symposium)

Location: Volda University College, Norway


Are you a graduate or doctoral student, post-doctoral researcher, 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 (IAMHIST) 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. As this is a pre-conference event for a one-day symposium on ‘visuals in conflict, protest, terror and war’, presentations on this area are particularly welcome.

Participants are expected to give a short introduction to their project and to prepare some central questions for discussion. The group including participants as well as senior members of IAMHIST will engage with your project and discuss sources and strategies for developing it further.

The day is designed to be a small-scale networking event for emerging scholars and media professionals and an opportunity to engage with peers and  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 (see IAMHIST One Day Symposium 2022 |).

To apply for this event, please send a 300-word proposal of your project and a one paragraph biography to IAMHIST President Leen Engelen ( Deadline is 7 November 2021.

Travel stipends of max. 175 Euros are available for participants without institutional funding. Please indicate in your application whether you’d like to apply for this. The stipend is only transferrable via Paypal.

To find out more about IAMHIST or to become a member, visit the website at or join us on Facebook/follow us on Twitter.

IAMHIST One Day Symposium 2022

One-day symposium

Visuals in Protest, Terror, Conflict and War


Friday, 14 January 2022

Location: Volda University College, Norway

Speakers include:

Erik Poppe, Norwegian photographer and Film Producer, Producer of the film Utøya 22. Juli

Anne Gjelsvik, Professor at Faculty of Art and Media Studies, NTNU, author of Cinema Between Media, and leader of the research project “Face of Terror: Understanding Terrorism from the Perspective of Critical Media Aesthetic”.)

Thomas Seltzer, Norwegian Musician, NRK Talk Show host and Program leader of the Television Documentary series UXA – Thomas Seltzer’s America – on NRK 2020.

Kathrin Fahlenbrack, Professor and director of the Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Hamburg University. Author of Audiovisual Metaphors. Embodied and Affective Aesthetics in Film and Television. Board member of the Society for the Cognitive Study of the Moving Image (SCSMI).

Hans Fredrik Dahl, Professor emeritus, Oslo University, Author of The History of the Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) and the biography of Vidkun Quisling: Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Bjørn Sørenssen, Professor emeritus, Norwegian University of Science and Technology – NTNU, Trondheim. His main research interest is in documentary film history and theory, general film and television history and the development of digital media. He has published books on documentary film and film history in Norwegian and extensively in international journals and anthologies.

Jan Erik Holst, Curator, Editor, Film Critic and former director of the Norwegian Film Institute, Oslo

Alessandra Luciano, Deputy director of the Centre National de l’audiovisuel (CNA) in Luxemburg, former lead film archivist and collection manager in the CNA moving image archive and Digital Curator with responsibilities for preservation and access strategies. She is a member of the EUscreen Foundation board.

Eirik Frisvold Hanssen, Section Leader of Film and Broadcasting, The Norwegian National Library.

Øivind Hanche, Film Librarian, The Norwegian National Library.

Attending this conference is free, however registration is necessary. Pleas register here. Early career researchers or professionals attending this symposium are invited to take part in the annual IAMHIST master class on media and history, taking place at Volda University College, Norway, Thursday, 13 January 2022.

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