IAMHIST Online: Make Film History/Reusing the Archive in Filmmaking with Maurice Fitzpatrick

Ciara Chambers will introduce the Make Film History project, followed by a discussion with academic and filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick on engaging with the archive when writing and screening history and politics.


Wednesday 17th November 2021

3pm GMT/4pm CET

Online via Zoom

Registration link: IAMHIST ONLINE Make Film History: Reusing the Archive in Film Tickets, Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 3:00 PM | Eventbrite

Maurice Fitzpatrick is a lecturer, film director and author. He was a recipient of the Ministry of Education of Japan scholarship 2004-2007 and a lecturer at Keio University, Tokyo, 2007-11, at Bonn University 2011-2012 and at the University of Cologne 2012-2016. He has made two documentary films for the BBC: The Boys of St. Columb’s (also an RTÉ production) and Translations Revisited. In 2017, he wrote, directed and produced a documentary feature film, John Hume in America, on the political life of Nobel Peace Prize laureate John Hume, which has screened in over 30 countries. He is also the author of a book entitled John Hume in America: From Derry to DC (University of Notre Dame Press, 2019) which has been welcomed by Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi as ‘a wonderful reminder of the strength in diplomacy and the close relationship between the United States and Northern Ireland’ and by The Sunday Business Post as one of the ‘20 Vital Books…about the Northern conflict’.  In the US, it was named an Outstanding Title in 2020 by Choice, a division of the American Library Association. He was a Poynter Fellow at Yale University in 2019, the 2020 Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University and in autumn 2021 he will be a visiting fellow at the University of Notre Dame.

Make Film History is developing a new, sustainable model for the creative reuse of archive material for non-commercial use by young filmmakers, supported by project partners, the British Film Institute (BFI), BBC Archive Editorial, the Irish Film Institute and Northern Ireland Screen.

This project was funded by UKRI-AHRC and the Irish Research Council under the ‘UK-Ireland Collaboration in the Digital Humanities Networking Call’ (grant numbers AH/V002066/1 and IRC/V002066/1).

Letter from Northern Ireland (1955) Courtesy of NI Screen and National Museums NI.


Travel and Accommodation for Volda, Norway

We recommend everyone to book well in advance.


Accommodation in Volda:


We have made a special deal with the local hotel, Volda Turisthotell: www.voldaturisthotell.no/. The prize per night is 1.125 NOK. This includes breakfast.

Booking: Send an email to coordinator Veronica Kvalen Pilskog: pilskogv@gmail.com Payment: Each guest pays for the hotel at check-in or check-out
Cancellation deadline: As soon as possible, at least 1 day before arrival

Student dorm

We have also reserved 5 rooms at the student’s dorm close to the hotel. The prize per night is 400 NOK (350 NOK for students) + bed linen package for 120 NOK. This includes duvet and pillow covers, sheets and towels. The hotel offers breakfast for guests at the student`s dorm for 125 NOK per day.

Booking: Send an email to coordinator Veronica Kvalen Pilskog: pilskogv@gmail.com Payment: You will receive an invoice via email with a payment deadline 10 days before arrival.
Cancellation deadline: 10 days before arrival

Travel to Volda:

From Abroad – Oslo to Volda
The recommended, and most comfortable way to travel, is to fly to Ørsta/Volda airport via Oslo airport (Gardermoen). The flight from Oslo to Ørsta/Volda airport takes approximately 1 hour. Look for youth/student tickets which are cheaper than regular adult tickets. Also, you should book in advance, as the cheapest tickets are sold out quickly. Ørsta/Volda airport is located only 10 minutes’ drive from Volda and we arrange pick-up service from the airport, provided you sign up for it. For tickets Oslo-Volda, see: www.wideroe.no

Another way to get from Oslo to Volda is to take the night bus. The bus leaves from downtown Oslo and stops by Oslo airport Gardermoen on the way to Volda (Rutebilstasjon). The journey takes a little over 10 hours and the cheapest youth ticket will cost you about 80 EUR. You can book your bus ticket at www.vy.no

An alternative is to fly to Ålesund airport Vigra via Oslo from abroad. See sas.no or Norwegian.no. There is a direct flight to Ålesund by KLM via Amsterdam (Schipol airport). See klm.com

The travel time from the Ålesund airport Vigra, via Moa, to Volda (Rutebilstasjon) is about 2,5 hours. Be aware that you will have to change bus during the trip at MOA bus terminal. From the airport take the shuttle bus to MOA (bus terminal). From Moa you can take a connecting bus to Volda once every hour. Note that the bus tickets will be app. 25 EUR and that you must check the bus schedule to make sure that you can catch the connecting bus. Visit www.entur.no.

Here is an example.

Arrival 16:00 (SAS) or 16:05 (Norwegian) from Oslo

16:25 Ålesund Airport Vigra

17:10 Moa trafikkterminal

wait at the terminal for approx. 25 minutes

17:35 Moa trafikkterminal (Platform 6)

19:10 Volda (Rutebilstasjon)

Coronavirus and travelling to Norway:

Anyone travelling to Norway is required to familiarize themselves with the rules for entry. Check the requirements for documentation for your destination before you arrive at the airport. Also check the requirements in the country you have connecting flights in. Follow the information from your airline. Read more about the coronavirus and travelling to Norway: www.helsenorge.no.

Note: The general infection control advice such as staying home when you are ill and having good cough etiquette and hand hygiene still applies.


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 Sørrensen, 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.

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.

Øyvind Hancke, Film Librarian, The Norwegian National Library.

Jan Erik Holst, Former director of the Norwegian Film Institute, Oslo

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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