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.

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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)

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

Pierre Barrette (Université du Québec à Montréal)

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)


We are pleased to open submissions for the IAMHIST- Michael Nelson Prize and IAMHIST- Christine Whittaker Prize for works in media and history.

The IAMHIST- Michael Nelson Prize is a biennial prize awarded for the book making the best contribution on the subject of media and history, which has been published in the preceding two years. The prize is dedicated to Michael Nelson, whose passion for media and journalism inspired IAMHIST throughout the years. Books submitted for consideration should display a strong grounding in archival-based research. The committee is especially interested in work focused on under-researched topics and underrepresented film and media traditions.

The IAMHIST – Christine Whittaker Prize is a biennial prize awarded for the radio or television program or series, film, website, or multimedia project making the best contribution on the subject of media and history, which has been produced and released in the preceding two years. The prize is dedicated to Christine Whittaker, the first acknowledged archive film researcher for the BBC, and IAMHIST’s most influential film and television practitioner.

Each award carries a prize of $1000 USD. Submissions for the 2023 prizes should reach the committee before November 1, 2022. The prizes will be awarded for a publication and (multi) media contribution on the subject of media and history published or produced between September 2020 – September 2022.

Award history:

The prize was awarded for the first time in 2007, at the XXII IAMHIST conference in Amsterdam. The winner was Wendy Webster, for her book Englishness and Empire, 1939-1965. Thanks to an especially strong field of entries, two winners were chosen in 2009: Reconstructing American Historical Cinema from Cimmaron to Citizen Kane, by J.E. Smyth and Voices in Ruins: German Radio and National Reconstruction in the Wake of Total War, by Alexander Badenoch. Both works were cited by the prize committee as making outstanding contributions to the field, based on excellence of research, originality, accessibility, and scholarly usefulness. In 2011, the prize was awarded to It’s the Pictures that Got Small: Hollywood Film Stars on 1950s Television, by Christine Becker. In 2013, the first year of the multi-media prize, the recipients were: J. Edgar Hoover Goes to the Movies: The FBI and the Origins of Hollywood’s Cold, by James Sbardellati (book), and The Media History Digital Library (multi-media). In 2015, the recipients were How it Feels to be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement, by Ruth Feldstein (book) and Brave Little Belgium, produced by VRT (multi-media). In 2017, the sole recipient was Shelley Stamp’s Lois Weber in Early Hollywood. In 2019, the sole recipient was Susan Murray’s Bright Signals: A History of Color Television. The 2021 winner was Sarah Street and Joshua Yumibe’s Chromatic Modernity: Color, Cinema, and Media of the 1920s.

Rules of the Michael Nelson and Christine Whittaker prizes:

  1. The prizes are awarded biennially.
  2. Invitations for submissions and names of the winners will be published in the
    Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, on the IAMHIST website, on flyers,
    displayed in the universities of teaching members of IAMHIST, and by letters to
    appropriate bodies.
  3. The prizes will be awarded (1) for the book and (2) for the radio or television program
    or series, film, website, or multimedia project making the best contribution on the subject
    of media and history to have been published in the preceding two years (which, for the
    2023 prize, will be from September 2020 – September 2022).
  4. Three copies of the work must be submitted to the IAMHIST prize sub-committee by
    the designated date in the year preceding the award (in this case, November 1, 2022).
  5. The submitted works must be in the form of printed text (in the case of books) or DVD
    or online link (in the case of multimedia submissions). They may be accompanied by
    supporting material, as appropriate, such as scripts and shot lists.
  6. Works which are not in English must be accompanied by an English translation or an
    English synopsis.
  7. The winners will be selected by a sub-committee of the Council of IAMHIST, under
    the chairmanship of IAMHIST Treasurer, Cynthia Miller.

Submissions should be sent directly to the sub-committee members. Please inquire for postal addresses –

PDF link: IAMHIST Prize Details for Applicants 2023

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