Online Media and History Seminar:


 Monday, 19 April 2021, 16.30-18.00 (Central European Time)

Are you working on World War Two cinema or radio? Are you working on other audio-visual media from 1939 to 1945 for an essay, a thesis or a PhD? Are you interested in presenting your project to a small group of experts and peers?

This seminar, organised by Prof. Tobias Hochscherf and Prof. Roel Vande Winkel, invites contributions from persons who do research about audio-visual (or other) media in the Second World War.​ Participants are expected to give a short introduction (5 minutes) to their project and to prepare some central questions for discussion. The other participants will engage with your project and discuss sources and strategies for developing it further.

To apply for this event (to present or to attend) please fill out this short online form no later than Friday April 9. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting (to attend or to present) no later than Friday April 16.

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.

CFP: Revisiting Star Studies, Newcastle University 12-14 June 2013

Reminder:  Revisiting Star Studies:  call for papers

The Research Centre in Film & Digital Media at Newcastle University, UK, will host an international conference, Revisiting Star Studies, on June 12-14, 2013.

Keynote speakers: Dr Stephanie Dennison (University of Leeds), Dr Neepa Majumdar (University of Pittsburgh), Prof Yingjin Zhang (University of California-San Diego).

Dr Martin Shingler (University of Sunderland), co-editor of the recently-launched BFI Film Stars series, will also host a panel on this new project.

Since its inception in the pioneering works of Edgar Morin (Les Stars, 1957) and Richard Dyer (Stars, 1979), studies of film stardom have been strongly associated with Hollywood structures. There have also been numerous valuable contributions to our understanding of stardom in different national cinemas, including recent work by colleagues here at Newcastle. However in all these efforts to explore stardom in a national context, not only does Hollywood often remain the ultimate reference, but Hollywood-generated paradigms often dominate the discussion of non-Hollywood stardom. Many fundamental assumptions in star studies based mainly on Hollywood stars and stardom (such as stars as phenomena of production and consumption, the onscreen and off-screen construction of star personas, and the inter-transferability between stars’ economic power and cultural power) remain unchallenged.

This conference aims to reassess some of the dominant models in star studies, and generate new critical paradigms that are more appropriate to address non-Hollywood stardom. We also wish to identify under-researched areas in film stardom. Special attention will be given to the analysis of how stars/stardom function–and have functioned–in visual cultures outside Hollywood, such as those in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. However, any papers or panels on the theme of revisiting star studies are welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Stardom in non-Western cultures
  • Transnational acting and performance
  • Star voices
  • Early stardom and pre-star system
  • Stardom and age
  • Religion and stardom
  • Stardom, power, politics
  • Amateur stars, non-professional stars, neo-realist stars
  • Stars in non-capitalist societies (past and present)
  • Pan-African, Pan-Asian and Pan-European stardom
  • Stars and film festivals
  • Stars and fashion
  • Posthumous stardom
  • Fictional characters as stars
  • Anti-stardom, virtual stardom and post-stardom
  • Stardom, fandom and the Internet
  • Stardom, gender, and sexuality
  • Stardom, ethnicity, class

Please send proposals of 250 words maximum and a short bio to Prof Guy Austin & Dr Sabrina Yu at: and  by November 19, 2012.

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