IAMHIST is managed by the Council, as duly elected representatives of the membership. The council meets once or twice a year to discuss upcoming conferences, events and initiatives. Every two years, an election of council members will be organised among the members. The current council is presided by Nicholas Cull.


Brett Bowles | James Chapman | David Culbert | Nicholas J Cull | Leen Engelen | Tobias Hochscherf| Garth S. Jowett | James Leggott | Paul Lesch | Cynthia J MillerKatharina Niemeyer | Roel Vande Winkel |

| Former IAMHIST council members and presidents |

Brett Bowles is Associate 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.

Brett’s Publications

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.

David Culbert is John L. Loos Professor of History, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA;  he was formerly Assistant Professor of History at Yale.  He received his B.A and his B.Mus. from Oberlin College. He is a former IAMHIST president, and   emeritus editor of The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.  He has published many books, including News for Everyman (Greenwood, 1976); Mission to Moscow (U. of Wisconsin, 1980); Film and Propaganda in America (5 vols., Greenwood, 1990-1993); with John Chambers, World War II, Film, and History (Oxford, 1996); with Nicholas Cull and David Welch, Propaganda and Mass Persuasion (ABC-Clio, 2003); and translator (plus foreword) of Leni Riefenstahl’s Behind  the Scenes of the National Party Convention Film (IHF, 2010).  He has been a Fellow at the Wilson Center, Washington, DC; the National Humanities Institute, Yale; a Kellogg National Fellow; and a Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and is listed in Who’s Who in the World.  He has served as a consultant for many television documentaries,  Director of Historical Research for Ken Burns’s Huey Long, and   consultant for Ray Mueller’s Leni Riefenstahl film. He recently   received three TAF Outstanding Teaching Awards from LSU’s Honors . 

Nicholas J. Cull is President of IAMHIST. He is Professor of Public Diplomacy and Director of the Masters Program in Public Diplomacy at USC. He took both his BA and PhD at the University of Leeds. While a graduate student he studied at Princeton in the USA as a Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York. From 1992 to 1997 he was lecturer in American History at the University of Birmingham. From September 1997 to August 2005 he was Professor of American Studies and Director of the Centre for American Studies in the Department of History at Leicester. His research and teaching interests are broad and inter-disciplinary, and focus on the the role of culture, information, news and propaganda in foreign policy. He is the author of The Decline and Fall of the United States Information Agency: American Public Diplomacy, 1989-2001 (Palgrave, 2012).  His previous monographs were The Cold War and the United States Information Agency: American Propaganda and Public Diplomacy, 1945-1989 (Cambridge, 2008) and Selling War (Oxford,1995), both of which were named by Choice Magazine as outstanding academic texts of their respective year. He is the co-editor (with David Culbert and David Welch) of Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500-present (ABC-Clio, 2003) which was one of Booklist magazine’s reference books of the year, and co-editor with David Carrasco of Alambrista and the U.S.-Mexico Border: Film, Music, and Stories of Undocumented Immigrants (University of New Mexico Press, 2004). He has published numero
us articles on the theme of propaganda and media history. He is an active film historian who has been part of the movement to include film and other media within the mainstream of historical sources. His film work includes two works co-authored with James Chapman: Projecting Empire: Imperialism and Popular Cinema (I. B. Tauris, 2009) and Projecting Tomorrow: Science Fiction and Popular Cinema (I. B. Tauris, 2013). He is a member of the Public Diplomacy Council and has worked closely with the British Council’s Counterpoint Think Tank.

Leen Engelen (°1977) studied Communication Sciences at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) and at the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland). She got awarded her PhD from the Catholic University of Leuven in 2005 with a thesis on the leen_engelen_02representation 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 lecturer at the LUCA School of Arts, a lecturer in film history and media theory at the Media Arts Design Faculty (Catholic University College Limburg) in Genk, Belgium and researcher at the Faculty of Architecture and Arts and the Centre for Media Culture and Communication Technology (both Katholieke Universiteit Leuven). Leen has published on film history and visual culture in several national and international academic journals and is co-editor (with Roel Vande Winkel) of Perspectives on European Film and History (Academia Press, 2007). Her main research interests are colonial cinema, film promotion, Belgian cinema, film and historical representation and photography/picture postcards. Leen is Secretary General of the International Association for Media and History.

Leen’s publications


Garth S. Jowett Garth S. Jowett is currently a Professor of Communication in the School of Communication, University of Houston. A native of Cape Town, South Africa, he moved to England in 1958 and then to Canada in 1960. He has been at the University of Houston since 1979. Dr. Jowett worked in advertising and marketing for six years before obtaining his B.A. at York University in Toronto, and then his Ph.D. in communications history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972. He taught at Carleton University in Ottawa before being appointed as the Director of Social Research and Policy Development for the Canadian Government Department of Communications in 1972-1975, in which capacity he represented the Canadian Government at Unesco and the Council of Europe as well as other international bodies. He was Head, Department of Communication Studies at the University of Windsor, Ontario from 1976-1979 before coming to the University of Houston in 1979. He was Director of the School of Communication from 1980 to 1985, and again from 1998 to 2001.Dr. Jowett is the author of a pioneering book, FILM: THE DEMOCRATIC ART (Little, Brown, 1976), which is widely acknowledged as the standard social history of moviegoing 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, 6th edition (Sage Publications, 2014) a widely adopted introduction to the history and study of propaganda. His most recent book is CHILDREN AND THE MOVIES: MEDIA POWER AND THE PAYNE FUND CONTROVERSY (with Ian Jarvie and Katherine H. Fuller, Cambridge University Press, 1996). He is the author of many articles and book chapters on the subjects of propaganda, film, and popular culture. He served as the series editor for the Sage Foundations of Popular Culture Series, and (with the late Kenneth Short) as advisory editor for the Cambridge University Press History of Mass Communications Series. He is on the editorial boards of several major communication and film journals. He is currently at work on several projects, most notably a book entitled, TELEVISION AND AMERICA: A SOCIAL HISTORY.Dr. Jowett has been a member of IAMHIST since it first years. On a personal level, Dr. Jowett produces and hosts 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.

Tobias Hochscherf is Professor of Audiovisual Media at the University of t_hochscherf-3Applied Sciences Kiel in Germany and the University of Flensburg. He studied German, English and Media at the universities in Hamburg and Kiel and received a PhD from the University of Liverpool (UK). From 2006 to 2009 he worked as senior lecturer in film and television studies at Northumbria University (UK). Owing to a background in broadcast journalism and filmmaking, he is editor-in-chief of the student radio station at the University of Applied Sciences Kiel. He teaches a variety of undergraduate (BA) and postgraduate (MA) modules on media, film and television – including courses on film and television history, media theory, radio broadcasting and film production. He is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and Associate Dean at the Faculty of Media at the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel. Tobias Hochscherf¹s research focuses on film and television history as well as contemporary television drama; he has recently published Beyond the Bridge: Contemporary Danish Television Drama (2017). He is also author of The Continental Connection: German-speaking Émigrés and British Cinema, 1927-45 (2011) and co-editor of Divided, but not disconnected: German experiences of the Cold War (2010) and British Science Fiction Film and Television: Critical Essays (2011). He is associate editor of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, The Journal of Popular Television and Jahrbuch Immersive Medien.

Tobias’ publications

James Leggott is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader of Film and Television Studies at Northumbria University, UK. He has taught on various aspects of film and television history, theory and analysis. His research mainly deals with traditions of British visual culture, particularly contemporary film and television. His PhD (Newcastle University) was concerned with questions of place and gender in British social realist film-making from the 1950s to the present. He is the author of Contemporary British Cinema: From Heritage to Horror (2008), and a forthcoming monograph on the films of the Amber Collective, a group of film-makers who have been documenting life in post-industrial Britain for over forty years. He is the co-editor of books on the topics of British science fiction film and television, British costume drama television, and the work of the media satirist Chris Morris. He has also published on topics such as 1970s British cinema, television adaptations of the novels of Catherine Cookson, television comedy and documentary. He is principal editor of the Journal of Popular Television, a twice-yearly peer-reviewed journal published by Intellect.

Paul Lesch (PhD), teaches film and history at the University of Luxembourg and the Miami University John E. Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg. He is the director of the documentary film Call Her Madam (Samsa Film, 1997) on the American diplomat and party-giver Perle Mesta. He is the author, among others, of Heim ins Ufa-Reich? NS-Filmpolitik und die Rezeption deutscher Filme in Luxemburg 1933-1944 (WVT, Trier 2002) and In the Name of Public Order and Morality. Cinema Control and Film Censorship in Luxembourg 1895-2005 (CNA, 2005) and he has contributed articles to publications such as Three Spotlights on Hitch (Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg, 1999); Wallflower Critical Guide. Contemporary British and Irish Film Directors (Wallflower 2001); René Deltgen. eine Schauspielerkarriere (CNA, 2002); Cinema and the Swastika. The international Expansion of Third Reich Cinema (ed. by Roel Vande Winkel and David Welch, Palgrave, 2007); Travelling Cinema in Europe (ed. by Martin Loiperdinger, Stroemfeld/Roter Stern, 2008);  Stellar Encounters. Stardom in Popular European Cinema (Ed. by Tytti Soila, John Libbey Publishing, 2009) and Unmögliche Liebe. Asta Nielsen, ihr Kino (Verlag Filmarchiv Austria, 2009).  He has also written for international journals such as Film History, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television and Cinema & Cie. In 2010/11 he co-curated the exhibition Hugo Gernsback. An Amazing Story.

Cynthia J. Miller is a cultural anthropologist, specializing in popular culture and visual media, and her writing has appeared in a wide range of journals and anthologies across the disciplines. She has been named a Kansas Humanities Council Scholar, a Research Fellow of the Will Rogers Memorial, and Fellow of the Boston Historical Society.  Her recent awards include the 2012 Jim Welsh Prize for Achievement in Adaptation Studies and the 2013 Peter C. Rollins Book Award in Popular Culture Studies. Cynthia has also produced several visual media exhibitions, including “Images from the Streets: The Homeless Photography Project” and “Underground Art: Art and Poetry by Boston’s Homeless,” which have been featured on ABC’s “Chronicle.”  Cynthia serves as series editor for the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group’s Film and History series and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Popular Television, the Bloomsbury Press Guides to Contemporary Directors series, and the Encyclopedia of Women and Popular Culture. She is also the editor of the following volumes: Too Bold for the Box Office: A Study in Mockumentary (Wayne State UP), Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology (with Julie Taddeo; Scarecrow Press), Cadets, Rangers, and Junior Space Men: Televised “Rocketman” Series of the 1950s and Their Fans (with A. Bowdoin Van Riper; Palgrave-MacMillan), Undead in the West: Vampires, Zombies, Mummies and Ghosts on the Cinematic Frontier and Undead in the West II: They Just Keep Coming (both with A. Bowdoin Van Riper, Scarecrow Press), Border Visions: Identity and Diaspora in Film (with Jakub Kazecki and Karen A. Ritzenhoff, Scarecrow Press), and International Westerns: Re-Locating the Frontier (Scarecrow Press). Publications: Click here

Katharina Niemeyer is professor in Media Theory at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM, The Media School). From 2012 to 2017 she used to be an Associate Professor at the French Press Institute and member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Analysis of the Media (CARISM). She holds a Master in European Media Culture (Bauhaus University Weimar and University of Lyon 2) and a certificate of further education (DEA) in information and communication studies (Lyon2, Lyon 3 and ENS-LSH). Until July 2012, she worked as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Geneva, where she also obtained her Ph.D. in media and communication studies in 2009. Within a transnational and intercultural perspective, she is particularly interested in media theory, the relations of analogue and digital media and communication, memory and history, (media-) events and their commemoration/re-enactments (fictional and non-fictional media productions and arts), media and terrorism, nostalgia and its mediated forms. Katharina edited the volume “Media and Nostalgia – Yearning for the past, present and future” (Palgrave Macmillan, Memory Studies Series, 2014). In 2011 she published “De la chute du mur de Berlin au 11 Septembre 2001. Le journal télévisé, les mémoires collectives et l’écriture de l’histoire”. In 2015 she co-founded the International Media and Nostalgia Network. Katharina Niemeyer translated texts of Jean Baudrillard and Bernard Miège.

Some of Katharina’s publications: here

Roel Vande Winkel  is assistant professor at the University of Leuven (Institute for Media Studies). He teaches at the LUCA School of Arts (Sint Lukas Brussels), is associate board member of the DocNomads program 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, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Filmblatt, Historical Reflections, Journal of Film Preservation, Film International and Journal of Scandinavian Cinema. He edited the volumes Cinema and the Swastika (with David Welch), Perspectives on European Film and History (with Leen Engelen) and Silencing Cinema: Film Censorship around the World (with Daniel Biltereyst, Palgrave, 2013). A long term project is a monograph on Belgian cinema (the Belgian Film Guild – la Gilde du Film or Filmgilde) under the Nazi occupation. Research interests: the German and the European film industry in 1933-1945, ‘cinema and diaspora’, newsreels, media and propaganda, historical films, the historical and recent development of Belgian cinema etc.

Roel’s Publications

Former IAMHIST council members and presidents

Karsten Fledelius is an Associate Professor in Film and Media Studies at The Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen. His research focuses upon Central and East European film culture, Media as part of conflicts in Former Yugoslavia, Eastern and Central European responses to the EU and Europeanisation, Religion and European culture and politics, with particular reference to the Balkans, Turkey, Russia, the Ukraine and the Caucausus region, Islam and Europe with particular reference to the question of secularisation, democracy and culture, Legacies of empire in contemporary Europe (Ottoman Turkey, Austria-Hungary). Karsten was the first IAMHIST Secretary General from 1977 to 1979 and served as IAMHIST President from 1979 to 1985. He served on the council as a past-president.

Karsten’s publications

Christine Whittaker, a former IAMHIST President, graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Modern Languages and joined the BBC’s World Service.  After a year she moved to television where she became a researcher on documentary films, eventually finding people and archive footage for historical documentaries.  The archive took over, she began to specialise and was responsible for the archive on many award-winning series, such as All Our Working Lives, Out of the Doll’s House, An Ocean Apart, Nippon, Pandora’s Box.   She was the Archive Producer on the 26-part series People’s Century, worked as an Archive Consultant on numerous projects for television and cinema, and has lectured and conducted workshops on the use of archive.  She was twice the recipient of the BFI’s Archival Achievement Award and received Focal International’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.  She was the first IAMHIST President to come from a television, rather than an academic background and continues to encourage and enjoy debate within the organisation.

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