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Feliks Banel is a radio and TV producer based in Seattle with a focus on media history and archival audio, film and video. His work is devoted to expanding the audience for media history beyond academic circles and engaging general audiences in constructive thought and dialog about the past, present and future of media. Feliks is producer and host of a media history series for public radio ( http://www.kuow.org/topic/not-just ) and producer of an archival film series for public TV ( http://www.seattlechannel.org/historyinmotion/ ). He founded Seattle Radio Theatre in 2000, the only organization in the United States studying the history of radio drama by producing regularly scheduled live broadcasts of vintage and original radio dramas with live actors, live music, live sound effects and a live audience ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Seattle-Radio-Theatre/173853249301358 ). Feliks has written extensively about American radio and TV history for web and print ( http://crosscut.com/account/FeliksBanel/ ), and appears regularly discussing media history and contemporary media issues on Seattle radio stations. He was deputy director of the Museum of History & Industry for seven years, where he actively collected and enlarged the museum’s holdings of archival audio, film and video. Feliks consults regularly on conservation and preservation of the museum’s media collection, and curates and prepares media for exhibitions and public programs.
Brett Bowles is Assistant Professor of French at Indiana University Bloomington. He has an interdisciplinary academic background, combining a B.A. and M.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Virginia with a Ph.D. in French Civilization from Pennsylvania State University. Brett’s primary research field is twentieth-century social, political, and cultural history through film (fiction and documentary), with a focus on the 1930s and 40s. In February 2012 his book Marcel Pagnol, the first comprehensive overview of the director’s career in theater and cinema, was published by Manchester University Press as part of its “French Film Directors” series. An edited collection of essays titled “The Politics of French and German Cinema, 1930-1945? is slated for publication in late 2012 with Berghahn Books. Another developing project under contract with the University of Illinois Press is a book on the documentary films of Marcel Ophüls. His professional activities include serving as co-editor of Modern and Contemporary France (since 2007), associate editor of The Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television (since 2005), and as an editorial board member for French History (since 2007) and French Historical Studies (since 2010). He also works with International Historic Films in Chicago as an academic advisor and producer of DVDs related to France during the Second World War. The first such project, published in 2011, was a restored and subtitled edition of Forces Occultes (Hidden Forces), an anti-Semitic, anti-Masonic propaganda film made by French collaborationists in 1942. A second title, forthcoming in 2012, is Salut à la France / A Salute to France, a dual-language docu-drama that Jean Renoir made for the American Office of War Information in 1944 to promote American-British-French solidarity just prior to D-Day.
James Chapman took his BA (History) and MA (Film Studies) at the University of East Anglia and then undertook his doctoral research at Lancaster University, writing his PhD thesis on the role of official film propaganda in Britain during the Second World War. In 1996 he joined The Open University, where he taught a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and was principal contributing author to the university’s first dedicated course on Film and Television History. He joined the University of Leicester as its founding Professor of Film Studies in January 2006. He is a Council member of the International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST) and in 2010 became editor of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. When Professor Chapman is not lecturing his students on why we should take James Bond seriously or decoding the semiotics of Diana Rigg, he can usually be found following Test Match Special. Professor Chapman’s research focuses on British popular culture, especially cinema and television in their historical contexts. He is interested in the role of the media as propaganda, the representation of war and history, and the cultural politics of popular fictions – including, but not limited to, Dick Barton, Dan Dare, James Bond, The Avengers and Doctor Who. He has recently completed the first book to offer a cultural history of British comics from their origin to the present, and is currently researching books on Science Fiction Cinema and Contemporary British Television Drama. He is also co-investigator on a three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council project ‘Spaces of Television’ in association with the University of Reading and the University of Glamorgan.
Leen Engelen studied Communication Sciences at Leuven University (Belgium) and at the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland). She got awarded her PhD from the Leuven University in 2005 with a thesis on the representation of the First World War in Belgian fiction films from the interwar period. After completing her PhD, she was assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam and at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. Currently, she is a teaching film history, media theory and film analysis at the Media Arts & Design Faculty (LUCA, C-Mine), Belgium and at Leuven University. Her main research interests are film culture and the First World War, colonial cinema, film promotion (especially the history and aesthetics of movie poster), Belgian cinema, film and historical representation. Leen is Secretary General of the International Association for Media and History.
Jo Fox is Professor of Modern History at Durham University, United Kingdom, and is a specialist in the history of propaganda in twentieth-century Europe. She has published widely on the cinematic cultures of Britain and Germany and the propaganda of the Second World War. Her recent publications include Justifying War: Propaganda, Politics and the Modern Age (ed. with David Welch, 2012) and major articles for the Journal of British Studies on careless talk campaigns (2012) and the Journal of Modern History on propaganda and the flight of Rudolf Hess (2011). She is currently working on new projects on rumour and propaganda, 1914-1950, and democracy and propaganda during the Second World War. Jo Fox is a regular contributor to historical television and radio programmes (including BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4, BBC Radio 4, PBS and CBC). She is a UK National Teaching Fellow (2007) and Honorary Communications Director of the Royal Historical Society.
Tobias Hochscherf graduated from Kiel University in Germany (English, German and Media Studies), and then completed a doctoral dissertation on ‘German-speaking Émigrés in British Cinema, 1927-1945’ at the University of Liverpool. He joined Northumbria University in January 2006, where he taught a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in film and television studies. Since summer 2009 he is Professor in Film, Radio and Television at the University of Applied Sciences Kiel in northern Germany. Tobias was instrumental in developing two new MA degree programmes and is lead partner of an EU project that organises a Danish-German Journalism Summer School with the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. He is currently Associated Dean. Tobias’ research interests include film and television history, televisual representations of society and politics as well as transnational media cultures. Hochscherf is the author of The Continental Connection: German-speaking Émigrés and British Cinema, 1927-1949 (Manchester University Press, 2011) and has co-edited the anthologies Divided, But not Disconnected: German Experiences of the Cold War (Berghahn, 2010) and British Science Fiction Film and Television: Critical Essays (McFarland, 2011). He is associate editor of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (Routledge) and the Journal of Popular Television (intellect). Tobias is currently writing a book on Danish public-service television drama. As area chair and co-organiser he hosted a number of of academic conferences in Britain and the US and spoke about his research at a range of institutions and academic conferences, including: The Institute of Germanic Studies, London; De Montfort University, Leicester; the University of Liverpool, the Film & History conferences in Dallas and Chicago, the Southwest/Texas American and Popular Culture in Albuquerque; the University of Sunderland; the University of Hull; the University of Southampton as well as the universities of Heidelberg, Tübingen and Flensburg.
Garth S. Jowett is currently a Professor of Communication at the Jack. J. Valenti School of Communication, University of Houston. Dr. Jowett is the author of FILM: THE DEMOCRATIC ART (Little, Brown, 1976), which is widely acknowledged as the standard social history of movie-going in America, as well as MOVIES AS MASS COMMUNICATION (with James Linton, Sage Publications, 1989) a unique and well-appreciated study. He is the co-author (with Victoria O’Donnell) of PROPAGANDA AND PERSUASION, 5th edition (Sage Publications, 2011) the standard introduction to the history and study of propaganda, soon to be published in its 6th edition. His book, CHILDREN AND THE MOVIES: MEDIA POWER AND THE PAYNE FUND CONTROVERSY (with Ian Jarvie and Katherine H. Fuller, Cambridge University Press, 1996) is the first detailed study of this important part of film and social science history. He is the author of many articles and book chapters on the subjects of communication history, propaganda, film, and popular culture. He served as the series editor for the Sage Foundations of Popular Culture Series, and (with Kenneth Short) as advisory editor for the Cambridge University Press History of Mass Communications Series, and is on the editorial boards of several communication and film journals. On a personal level, Dr. Jowett produced and hosted a radio show entitled “The Sounds of Jazz” for seventeen years on various radio stations in Houston, and is considered an expert on the jazz of the forties and fifties.
Kathleen Lotze is a member of the Visual Studies and Media Culture Research Group at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and is currently finishing her dissertation on local film exhibition and experiences of cinemagoing in Antwerp between 1945 and 1995. Here she investigates the dynamics within a local cinema market in relation to experiences of cinemagoing as remembered by (former) residents. Kathleen has a broad educational and professional background and her interests and skills cover a wide spectrum of topics and disciplines, ranging from linguistics to cultural and media studies. Since 1999 she has worked for several media related research projects at universities in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium and has published articles and/or book chapters on alternative modes of film practice in East-Germany in the 1980s, Dutch film culture in the 1960s and 1970s, and cinemagoing in Flanders, Belgium after 1945. Kathleen has been a member of IAMHIST since 2007, when she was involved in the organization of the IAMHIST XXII conference in Amsterdam on Media Imperialism.
James Leggott is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at Northumbria University (UK). He took his BA (English Literature) and MA (20th Century Film and Literature) at the University of Newcastle. His PhD at the University of Newcastle was concerned with British ‘realist’ cinema from the 1960s to the present day. In 2006 he was appointed as a lecturer at Northumbria University, where has taught a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on aspects of film and television history, analysis and theory. His research is broadly concerned with traditions of British film and television history, particularly in relation to questions of genre and national identity, and his topics of publication include British cinema of the 1970s, film and television adaptations of the historical ‘regional’ novelist Catherine Cookson, reality television, documentary, and film and television comedy. He is the author of the monograph Contemporary British Cinema: From Heritage to Horror (Wallflower, 2008), and the co-editor of British Science Fiction Film and Television: Critical Essays (McFarland, 2011) and No Known Cure: The Comedy of Chris Morris (BFI/Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He is currently working on a monograph on the films of the Amber Collective, a group of film-makers and photographers who have been documenting post-industrial life in the UK since the 1960s. Future projects include an anthology on historical television dramas made in the UK from the 1960s to the present, and a book on the representation of schools and education in British film and television. He is the principal editor of the Journal of Popular Television, an international, interdisciplinary journal that solicits scholarly writing on all aspects of broadcasting past and present.
Luke McKernan is Lead Curator, News and Moving Image at the British Library. He is a historian of early and non-fiction film, with particular interest in newsreels, the First World War, and audiences. His publications include Topical Budget: The Great British News Film (1992), Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema (1996, co-edited with Stephen Herbert), Yesterday’s News: The British Cinema Newsreel Reader (2002) and the forthcoming Charles Urban: Pioneering the Non-Fiction Film in Britain and America, 1897-1925. Much of his publishing is now web-based, and includes the silent film blog The Bioscope (http://thebioscope.net), and the sites Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema (http://www.victorian-cinema.net) and http://www.lukemckernan.com. He is a Trustee of the Yorkshire Film Archive, and British Library representative for Film Archives UK, which he chaired 2000-2006 when it was the Film Archive Forum. He has been a member of the IAMHIST Council since 2009.
Katharina Niemeyer is Associate Professor at the French Press Institute, University Paris 2, Sorbonne Universities and member of the CARISM (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Analysis of the Media). She worked as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Geneva until 2012 where she also obtained her PhD in media and communication studies with a focus on philosophy of history. She taught in Lyon, Grenoble and Lausanne. Niemeyer’s major areas of research are in the field of media studies and semiotics, memory studies, historical (media) events, media philosophy and philosophy of history. She has published two books (De la chute du mur de Berlin au 11 Septembre 2001, Antipodes, 2011/Die Mediasphären des Terrorismus, Avinus, 2006) and translated works of the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard. More information: http://u-paris2.academia.edu/KatharinaNiemeyer
Roel Vande Winkel is Associate Professor at the University of Antwerp (Research Group Visual Culture) and at the University College LUCA School of Arts. He is affiliated researcher at the KU Leuven and Associate Editor of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. His work was published in international academic journals such as Javnost, Communications: the European journal of communication research, Critical Studies in Media Communication,the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Filmblatt, Historical Reflections, the Journal of Film Preservation, Film International and Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis. He edited the volumes Silencing Cinema: Film Censorship Around the World (with Daniel Biltereyst), Cinema and the Swastika (with David Welch), Perspectives on European Film and History (with Leen Engelen) and published several articles and books in Dutch.