Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television: Call for Editorial Assistant

The Journal

The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television is one of the leading academic journals concerned with mass media history. It is the official journal of the International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST), co-published by IAMHIST and Taylor & Francis. All articles published in the journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editorial screening and the opinion of at least two anonymous referees.

The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television is international and interdisciplinary in scope and concerned with the history of the audio-visual mass media from circa 1900 to the present. It explores the institutional and ideological contexts of film, radio and television and analyses the evidence produced by the mass media for historians and social scientists, and considers the impact of mass communications on political, social and cultural history.

About the Role

The Editorial Assistant will be expected to assume the following responsibilities:

  • Providing administrative assistance to the journal’s editorial team
  • Assisting the editorial team with managing manuscript peer review within a reasonable timeframe, using an online submission system (training will be provided)
  • Checking whether submitted manuscripts meet the stylistic requirements of the journal
  • Answering author queries and communicating with authors and reviewers
  • Preparing readers’ reports and recommendations to the editorial team for oversight and decision
  • Providing semi-annual reports on the journal for the IAMHIST council – including, among other aspects – metrics on journal performance, impact factors, activities of the editorial team, themed issues, marketing activities and future directions).
  • Promoting the reputation, success and prosperity of the journal together with the editorial team and IAMHIST.

The ideal candidate will be expected to satisfy the following criteria:

  • Hold a PhD degree, or be a PhD candidate, in a discipline concerned with media history and archival research
  • Proficiency in English with very good writing skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and collaborative team-oriented approach
  • Basic understanding of the peer-review procedure
  • Capability to offer unbiased evaluations of fellow researchers’ work

What we offer

The benefits of the role include:

  • Full training and support in the online submission and peer review system
  • Free access to the journal
  • Inclusion of your name in every issue of the journal and on its website
  • Early access to cutting-edge research
  • A chance to expand your professional network in media history
  • An annual honorarium from IAMHIST
  • Invitation to IAMHIST conferences and gatherings

The successful candidate is expected to serve in the role for at least one year. This role will require 3-4 hours of work per week.

Expressions of interest, including a short bio can be sent to Leen Engelen (leen.engelen@luca-arts.be) before 31 May 2024.

Fully-Funded Collaborative Doctorate: The Role of Independent Cinema in the Age of On-Demand Culture


The Role of Independent Cinema in the Age of On-Demand Culture

Fully-Funded Collaborative Doctorate with Watershed Cultural Cinema Bristol, UWE Bristol and Exeter Universities

An exciting opportunity has arisen to undertake a collaborative doctorate analysing the role of independent cinema in the age of on-demand culture, beginning in October 2019. The project explores independent cinema’s approach to curation, audience development and community-building; its relationships with funders and policymakers at local, regional, national and international levels; and the strategies it has developed to survive in the face of far-reaching changes to the ways in which films are distributed, exhibited and consumed notably the emergence of Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) services. The project will focus on the role of Watershed Cultural Cinema in Bristol https://www.watershed.co.uk/ but also engage with the UK independent film exhibition centre as a whole.

You will be jointly supervised by Mark Cosgrove, the Film Curator at Watershed, Professor Andrew Spicer at UWE Bristol and Dr James Lyons at Exeter University. The studentship is fully funded for three years within the South, West and Wales (SWW2) Doctoral Training Partnership and you will enjoy all the advantages of working within that collaborative framework that includes a number of training events.

For further details please go to the SWW2 website: https://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/prospective-students/apply/

If you have any questions or queries about this doctorate, please contact Andrew Spicer in the first instance: andrew2.spicer@uwe.ac.uk.

In order to be considered for this opportunity, you need to send an Expression of Interest to Andrew Spicer by email. This should contain the following:

  • Name
  • Contact Details
  • Educational Background and Qualifications
  • A statement (up to 1,000 words) that explains:
  1. Why you wish to apply for this collaborative doctorate
  2. How you would approach investigating this subject
  3. What you see as the advantages in working with Watershed, UWE Bristol and Exeter
  4. In what way your interests, education and existing knowledge makes you well suited to undertake this project

We need to receive your Expression of Interest by 17.00 on Thursday 3 January 2019 at the latest. Please note that you must be available to be interviewed in Bristol on Friday 11 January 2019.


B-magic: The Magic Lantern and its Cultural Impact as Visual Mass Medium in Belgium (1830-1940): PhD vacancies

 There are 6 PhD vacancies available within the B-magic project. Be
 sure to submit your applications by July 2. More information regarding
the positions, terms of appointment, and the project can be found on
our website www.B-magic.eu

The B-magic project  aims to ‘rediscover the various functions’ of the
lantern performance within the Belgian public sphere, in particular,
its use in the transmission and negotiation of knowledge, norms and
values by different societal groups. Scientists and entertainers,
teachers and priests, political movements and organisations: they all
used projected visual narratives to inform, entertain, educate and
mobilize audiences of up to more than a thousand people per occasion.
The lantern was the first visual mass medium to contest the printed
word as a primary mode of information and instruction. All layers of
society, both literate and illiterate, received visual information
about nature, religion, science, new technologies and foreign
countries. Our team therefore consists of researchers from cultural
history and history of science, media and communication science, and
film and theatre history. Together, we will investigate the role of
the magic lantern in the first hundred years of Belgian history.

The B-magic consortium will research the *pivotal role of the magic
lantern in Belgian society*from the country’s independence (1830) up
to 1940, when its use declined. To this end, it brings together an
interdisciplinary team of researchers from Performance Studies, Cinema
and Media Studies, Urban History, History of Science and Knowledge,
Communication Studies, Semiotics, and Narratology. B-Magic will
produce the first comprehensive study of the role of the magic lantern
as a mass medium in a country.


The B-magic project will host six PhD candidates. Vacancies are now published and open until July 2.

University of Antwerp (UA)

* Doctoral student, Theatre studies and intermediality – 2018BAPFLWEF170:


* Doctoral student, Urban history – 2018BAPFLWEF169:


KU Leuven

* PhD position, Cultural History since 1750 – BAP-2018-267:


Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

* PhD position in theatre studies – EURAXESS Job Offer id: 304244:


* PhD position in film studies – EURAXESS Job Offer id: 304250:


Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

* Doctoral student, Media studies – EURAXESS Job Offer id: 301170:


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