Books for Review – Autumn 2022

IAMHIST received copies of the following books and is looking for reviewers (Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television). If you are interested, please send a message (mentioning the full title of the book and your postal address) to Ciara Chambers (  It would help if you could tell us a bit about your own research and expertise and/or why you are interested in reviewing this title. Please also note that some books may still be available from previous lists.

Baschiera, Stefano, and Alexander Fisher, eds. World Cinema on Demand: Global Film Cultures in the Era of Online Distribution. Bloomsbury, 2022.
Bordwell, David. Perplexing Plots – Popular Storytelling and the Poetics of Murder. Columbia University Press, 2023.
Chapman, Llewella. From Russia with Love. British Film Institute, 2022. Already assigned for review.
Drazin, Charles. Making Hollywood Happen: The Story of Film Finances. University of Wisconsin Press, 2022.
Hall, Martin. Women in the Work of Woody Allen. Amsterdam University Press, 2022.
Hersey, Curt. History of Television News Parody in America. Lexington Books, 2022.
Jahed, Parviz. The New Wave Cinema in Iran. Bloomsbury, 2022.
Kac-Vergne, Marianne. From the Margins to the Mainstream: Women in Film and Television. Bloomsbury, 2022.
Killeen, Padraic. The Dark Interval: Film Noir, Iconography, and Affect. Bloomsbury, 2021.
Kirkwood, Jeffrey West. Endless Intervals: Cinema, Psychology, and Semiotics Around 1900. University of Minnesota Press, 2022.
Klaess, John. Breaks in the Air: The Birth of Rap Radio in New York City. Duke University Press, 2022.
Klawans, Stuart. Crooked, but Never Common – the Films of Preston Sturges. Columbia University Press, 2023.
Lovejoy, Alice. Remapping Cold War Media: Institutions, Infrastructures, Translations. Indiana University Press, 2022.
MacDougall, David. The Art of the Observer: A Personal View of Documentary. Manchester University Press, 2022.
McKernan, Luke. Picturegoers: A Critical Anthology of Eyewitness Experiences. University of Exeter Press, 2022.
Michalczyk, John J. Costa-Gavras: Encounters with History. Bloomsbury, 2022.
Neupert, Richard John. French Film History, 1895-1946. University of Wisconsin Pres, 2022.
Norris, Stephen M. “Stalingrad” by Fedor Bondarchuk. Intellect, 2022.
Phillips, Kendall R. Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Wayne State University Press, 2022.
Piper, Melanie. The Biopic and Beyond: Celebrities as Characters in Screen Media. Bloomsbury, 2022.
Puhr, Thomas M. Fate in Film – a Deterministic Approach to Cinema. Wallflower Press, 2022.
Scheibel, Will. Gene Tierney: Star of Hollywood’s Home Front. Wayne State University Press, 2022.
Spigel, Lynn. TV Snapshots: An Archive of Everyday Life. Duke University Press, 2022.
Spitale, Samuel C. How to Win the War on Truth: An Illustrated Guide to How Mistruths Are Sold, Why They Stick, and How to Reclaim Reality. Quirk Books, 2022.
Villiers, Nicholas de. Cruisy, Sleepy, Melancholy: Sexual Disorientation in the Films of Thai Ming-Liang. University of Minnesota Press, 2022.
Watts, Amelia, and Phil Wickham, eds. Bill Douglas: A Film Artist. University of Exeter Press, 2022.

Call for Papers: IAMHIST Masterclass 2023

IAMHIST Masterclass on Media and History

Thursday 12 January 2023

Online, to be hosted on Zoom between 3-5pm CET/2-4pm GMT/9-11am EST


Are you a graduate or doctoral student, post-doctoral researcher, or young professional currently working on a project in which you engage with issues concerning historical film, radio, television and digital media or issues in media history? Are you interested in presenting your project to a small group of experts and peers? Then this online masterclass of the International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST) may be just what you are looking for. The masterclass 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. 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 masterclass will be held online via Zoom and 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.

To apply for this event, please send a 300-word proposal of your project and a short biography to IAMHIST President Leen Engelen ( and IAMHIST Vice-President Tobias Hochscherf ( Deadline is 16 December 2022.

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

Call for Papers: IAMHIST Conference 2023


Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

20-22 June 2023

This is an in-person conference that will take place on site in Montreal. Limited live-online options will be offered to those unable to travel. Please specify in your abstract if you would need this option.

Deadline for submissions (20-minute presentations, panels of three 20-minute papers, or practice-based research/workshops): 16 January 2023

IAMHIST is the International Association for Media and History, an organization of scholars, filmmakers, broadcasters and archivists dedicated to historical enquiry into film, radio, TV and other media.

Archives have always played a considerable role for research and creation, especially in film and media studies. By virtue of their form and content, archives put at the forefront questions of possible and alternative historiographies and the shaping of memories and invites reflection on forgetting. Ranging from censorship to emancipation, archives are often source and reason for debate, powerplays and struggles as they can be object of censorship, but also sources and ways of emancipation. They are not only sites of memory, but also sites and signs of social and cultural change. There has been an increased scholarly interest in archives since the arrival of digital tools and the Web, and the concept of the archive itself has been questioned, discussed, and redefined.

This conference aims to revisit these archival transformations by bringing into focus archives’ blind spots, notably in relation to their accessibility and ecological dimensions. How do existing archival institutions, associations or private collectors and archivists address technology and media transformations? What are the current and future challenges of archive research? Use? Configurations? What type of ‘new’ archives can be imagined and created in relation to technology and media transformations?

The IAMHIST Conference will be particularly interested in proposals dealing with media archives (film, radio, video, television, Web, photographs, etc.) but also warmly welcomes archives that use media and technology institutionally (museums, associations, vernacular archives etc.).

We invite scholars, archivists, practitioners, and artists to send a proposal that concerns one or more of the following topics:

  • Archives and accessibility
  • Archives, restitution, and memory
  • Archives and social justice
  • Archives and ecology / sustainable archives
  • Archives and decolonization
  • Case studies of archival use in media history research
  • Archives and (media-) storage
  • Reuse of archives in research, artistic projects, and practice
  • Archival material in film and arts
  • Reflections on how to archive research/scholarly activities
  • Vernacular, private, and institutional archives
  • History of media archives
  • Financing and funding of archives
  • Internationalization of archives
  • Local and regional archives
  • Archives, memory, and nostalgia
  • Archives and emotion

The deadline for submissions is 16 January 2023. You can submit proposals here:

Individual paper proposals should consist of a title, an abstract of 200 to 300 words and a short biography. We especially welcome proposals from early career researchers and practitioners. Panel proposals (of three papers) are welcome; they need to be registered by one individual presenter of the panel who must include the title of the panel and all paper abstracts and short bios. We also appreciate proposals for archival, artistic or multimedia/practice-based projects or workshops. You are welcome to discuss their suitability with the conference organizers in advance of the deadline.

Notifications of decisions will be sent alongside additional information on travel and accommodation by early February 2023; registration will be open by that day. Registration fees will be kept as low as possible and depend on several funding opportunities that the organizers are currently seeking. Conference attendees are expected to be members of IAMHIST – there will be an opportunity to join at the time of registration. Information about IAMHIST membership can be found here:

You can download the Call for Papers in English and French here:


*If you identify as a person with a disability and need support (for printed documents in another format, for American Sign Language or Langue des signes québecoise, access to remote locations, etc.), please express/communicate your needs to the organizers prior to the beginning of the congress via this address:

Scientific Committee / Comité scientifique

Charles Acland (Concordia University)

Camila Arêas (Université de la Réunion)

Gabriele Balbi (Università della Svizzera italiana)

Pierre Barrette (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Gracen Brilmyer (McGill University)

Jennifer Carter (Université du Québec à Montréal)

François Dansereau (McGill University)

Talitha Ferraz (Universidade Federal Fluminense)

Jean-François Gauvin (Université Laval)

André Habib (Université de Montréal)

Aleksandra Kaminska (Université de Montréal)

Amy Malek (Oklahoma State University)

Eugenia Mitchelstein (Universidad de San Andrés)

Shin Mizukoshi (Kansai University, 関西大学)

Caroline Muller (Université de Rennes)

Zamansele Nsele (The University of Johannesburg/University of California, Berkeley)

Viva Paci (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Valentina Pricopie (Academia Română)

Elena Razlogova (Concordia University)

Maria Rikitianskaia (Regent’s University London)

François Robinet (Université Paris-Saclay)

Annie Rudd (University of Calgary)

Luis Vargas Santiago (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Valérie Schafer (Université du Luxembourg)

Annaëlle Winand (Université Laval)

Anna Żeglińska (Uniwersytet Gdański)


Organizing Committee / Comité d’organisation

Llewella Chapman (University of East Anglia)

Sarah Heussaf (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Katharina Niemeyer (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Ola Siebert (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Dominique Trudel (Audencia Business School)

Celina Van Dembroucke (Université du Québec à Montréal)

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