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.

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