Three postdoctoral positions in France Paris Nanterre LABEX – the past in the present: history, patrimony and memory

The cluster of excellence (labex) Pasts in the present : history, heritage, memory opens one-year postdoctoral positions. The postdoctoral positions are inscribed in the themes and projects of the cluster. For each of these full-time contracts, the postdoctoral researcher is expected to develop during part of his/her working time (1/3 max) a personal research project related to the themes of the labex Pasts in the Present.

British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films

Newsreel archive British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films, in high resolution, to its YouTube channel. This unprecedented release of vintage news reports and cinemagazines is part of a drive to make the archive more accessible to viewers all over the world.

“Our hope is that everyone, everywhere who has a computer will see these films and enjoy them,” says Alastair White, General Manager of British Pathé. “This archive is a treasure trove unrivalled in historical and cultural significance that should never be forgotten. Uploading the films to YouTube seemed like the best way to make sure of that.”

British Pathé was once a dominant feature of the British cinema experience, renowned for first-class reporting and an informative yet uniquely entertaining style. It is now considered to be the finest newsreel archive in existence. Spanning the years from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage – not only from Britain, but from around the globe – ofmajor events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, sport and culture. The archive is particularly strong in its coverage of the First and Second World Wars.

Alastair White continues: “Whether you’re looking for coverage of the Royal Family, the Titanic, the destruction of the Hindenburg, or quirky stories about British pastimes, it’ll be there on our channel. You can lose yourself for hours.”

This project is being managed by German company Mediakraft, which has been responsible for numerous past YouTube successes. The company will be creating new content using British Pathé material, in English and in foreign languages.

‘Jean-Luc Godard’s Sauve la vie (qui peut): A Reconstruction’


‘Jean-Luc Godard’s Sauve la vie (qui peut): A Reconstruction’ Wednesday 7 May, Cubby Broccoli Cinema, National Media Museum, 6pm


This film is a reconstruction by Michael Witt of a ‘special edition’ of Jean Luc-Godard’s 1980 film Sauve qui peut (la vie) (aka Slow Motion), created by Godard in Rotterdam in 1980. Godard interspersed five extracts from his own film with clips from four other classics. The film has subsequently been almost forgotten but Michael Witt has produced a digital reconstruction drawing on archival research, including examination of the original reels of film that Godard used.


Michael Witt is co-director of the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures at University of Roehampton in London. He is co-editor of several books on French film including Jean-Luc Godard: Documents; The French Cinema Book and For Ever Godard. His recent book Jean-Luc Godard, Cinema Historian has been awarded the 2014 Limina Award for the Best International Film Studies Book.


The screening will be preceded by a talk by Michael Witt. Tickets for this event are FREE but must be reserved by contacting Mark Goodall ( Tel +44 (0)1274 236071








a seminar series in media


Run by the Communication Culture and Media research group in the School of Media Design and Technology, this regular seminar series explores the increasingly important relationship between media, technology, culture and society. MDT has a long tradition of operating across artistic and scientific academic disciplines and is expanding its creative portfolio. Hosted by the National Media Museum, and supported by their superb facilities, the series recognises the importance of the National Media Museum as a forum for these critical debates.


All seminars are FREE and begin at 6pm, On Location, National Media Museum, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1NQ. Tel: 0870 70 10 200


For more information on the series contact: Mark Goodall ( Tel +44 (0)1274 236071



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