Call for Papers: IAMHIST Blog

Call for Papers IAMHIST Blog

The IAMHIST Blog is place for analysing media history in a discursive context, and offers scholars, archivists and practitioners working within these areas a space to disseminate their findings, knowledge and research. We welcome pieces for the IAMHIST Blog on a variety of topics, including, but not limited to, individual and/or collaborative research, conference reports, film festivals, research projects, etc., in the broad area of media history.

The IAMHIST Blog also publishes a series entitled ‘A Day at the Archives…’, which aims to discuss different researchers’ experiences of using a variety of archives and/or museums from around the world, particularly those which may help to contribute to and inform our knowledge of media history.

A new series, which was introduced this year, titled ‘Detectives in the Archive… Researching Primary Sources’, aims to offer advice and personal experiences on analysing/using different types of primary sources relating to media history, for example budgets, call sheets, correspondence, cost reports, daily progress reports, fan magazines, interviews/oral testimony, scripts, etc.

If you would be interested in writing a piece for the IAMHIST Blog, or a piece for either the ‘A Day at the Archives…’ or ‘Detectives in the Archive… Researching Primary Sources’ series, then please email the IAMHIST Blog Editor, Llewella Chapman, with your suggestions and ideas:

Please refer to the ‘IAMHIST Blog Guidelines’, which can be found here.

For the ‘A Day at the Archives…’ series, the title of your piece should be: ‘A Day at the Archives… [Name of archive/museum, location]’. An example of this would be:

‘A Day at the Archives… The National Archives, Kew (UK)’

For the ‘Detectives in the Archive… Researching Primary Sources’ series, the title of your piece should be: ‘Detectives in the Archive… Researching [name of source]. An example of this would be:

‘Detectives in the Archive… Researching Daily Progress Reports’

N.B. Offering to write a piece for the ‘A Day at the Archives…’ series works on a first-come-first-serve basis. If the archive which you wish to write about has already been suggested by another person, then you will be offered the opportunity to write about another archive of your choice.

Call for Chapter Proposals: “Ridley Scott’s Gladiator: In Recognition of the Twentieth Anniversary of the Film”


Vernon Press invites chapter proposals on the theme: “A Hero Will
Endure”: Essays on the Twentieth Anniversary of Gladiator for an edited
collection, edited by Rachel L. Carazo (Northwestern State University).

All areas of study, with a common goal of representing the cultural and
material impact of the film since its release in May 2000 are invited to

The scope of the present call is broad. All topics regarding the film’s
impact on material, social, and academic culture will be considered.
Possible topics include (non-comprehensive list):

The impact of Gladiator on notions of the hero
The enduring image of Maximus
The impact of the film on classical studies/students
The impact of the film on the academic curriculum
Material aspects of fandom (posters, collectibles)
The endurance of certain images/themes from the film
The film on social media
Changes in the way of perceiving the film over time
The effect of Gladiator on other epic/award-winning films
Cosplay and convention events

How to submit your proposal:

Please submit one-page abstracts/proposals to or, including a short biographical note.
More information on what we look for in a proposal is available on our

Information on the call is also available at:

Call for Papers: BAFTSS 7th Annual conference 2019

Intersecting Identities: Race, Sex, Nation

University of Birmingham, 25 to 27 April

Intersectionality as a concept was born at the end of the 1980s, and has proven influential ever since as a method for analysing film and media productions as well as in the fields of critical race and disability studies, feminist theory and transnational studies. In the words of Kimberlé Crenshaw in 2017, ‘Intersectionality is a lens through which you can see where power comes and collides, where it interlocks and intersects’.

The 7th annual BAFTSS conference, to be held at the University of Birmingham on 25, 26 and 27 April 2019, will be concerned with intersecting identities in all their forms (racial, sexual, national and transnational, cultural, political and gendered/generic). It will provide an opportunity to debate how the study of identities has developed since the early decades of screen studies, where it is now, and how the discipline should take it forward.

Conference highlights include:

  • The presentation of the BAFTSS Outstanding Achievement Award to Pam Cook (Professor Emerita, Southampton).
  • Confirmed Plenary Speaker, Prof Rosalind Galt (Kings College London)
  • Poster Competition for Postgraduates (with a cash prize, winner decided by delegates in a secret vote!) – details will be released shortly.
  • Dedicated skills/careers event for PhD students.
  • BAFTSS Annual General Meeting.
  • BAFTSS Special Interest Group meetings – SIG Convenors will be contacted about this soon.

We invite individual papers or panels consisting of three papers, in English, on all aspects of this broad theme:

  • intersectionality as a concept
  • intersecting identities in film narratives
  • identity politics in industrial contexts
  • intersectionality and authorship
  • intersections of race and sex/sexuality
  • intersections of sex/sexuality and nation
  • intersections of race and nation

Details about the conference and forms for individual proposals and panels can be downloaded here:

Completed proposal forms should be sent to by Friday 14 December 2018. You will be notified whether your proposal has been accepted in January 2019.

The conference fee will be £160 (£80 unwaged) for 3 days or £110 (£55 unwaged) for 2 days (Thurs/Fri or Fri/Sat). Instructions on how to register will follow early in 2019.

A number of bursaries of up to £50 towards travel costs will be available to registered PhD students whose papers or posters are accepted. Information about how to apply for one of these bursaries will follow when we notify you that your submission has been accepted.​


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