Call for papers – World documentary

World Documentary -Film and TV conference

The growing popularity of documentaries produced in traditional film and televisual formats, as well as those designed for web distribution provokes critical discussions on all aspects of contemporary world documentary practices, including representations, production, distribution, audience, and modes of filming. This conference welcomes original presentation proposals on historical and contemporary documentary film & TV practices coming from both western and non-western cultures. We invite papers from academics and film/media practitioners. More details:


Two awards worth $1000 each will be made.  The first will be for the best contribution by a book; the second will be for the best contribution by a (multi) media project. This second prize will consider media such as films, television series, video essays, CD-ROMs, and web-based projects separately from print media, in the hope of encouraging the submission of scholarly work in non-print media.

Submissions for the 2017 IAMHIST Prize for a Work in Media and History should reach the committee before September 15, 2016. The prize will be awarded for a publication and (multi) media contribution on the subject of media and history published or shown between September 2014 – September 2016.

Submissions should be sent to:  Professor Cynthia J. Miller 484 Bolivar St. Canton, MA  02021 USA. Email: 

The prize was awarded for the first time in 2007, at the XXIInd IAMHIST conference in Amsterdam. The winner was Wendy Webster (University of Central Lancashire), for her book ENGLISHNESS AND EMPIRE, 1939-1965 (Oxford University Press, 2005).  Thanks to an especially strong field of entries, two winners were chosen in 2009: RECONSTRUCTING AMERICAN HISTORICAL CINEMA FROM ‘CIMMARON TO ‘CITIZEN KANE,’ by Jennifer E. Smyth (University of Warwick), and VOICES IN RUINS: GERMAN RADIO AND NATIONAL RECONSTRUCTION IN THE WAKE OF TOTAL WAR, by Alexander Badenoch (Technical University of Eindhoven). Both works were cited by the prize committee as making outstanding contributions to the field, based on excellence of research, originality, accessibility, and scholarly usefulness.  In 2011, the prize was awarded to IT’S THE PICTURES THAT GOT SMALL: HOLLYWOOD FILM STARS ON 1950S TELEVISION (2009), by Christine Becker.  In 2013, the first year of the (multi) media prize, the recipients were: J. EDGAR HOOVER GOES TO THE MOVIES: THE FBI AND THE ORIGINS OF HOLLYWOOD’S COLD WAR, by John Sbardellati, and THE MEDIA HISTORY DIGITAL LIBRARY. The 2015 prize for a book went to ‘How it feels to be free’ (Ruth Feldstein) and the prize for the best multi (media) project went to the Belgian television series Brave Little Belgium (Canvas, VAF-mediafonds en Mindsmeet).

Rules of the IAMHIST prize:

1. The prize is awarded biennially.

2. Invitations for submissions and names of the winners will be published in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, on the IAMHIST website, on flyers, displayed in the universities of teaching members of IAMHIST, and by letters to appropriate bodies.

3. The prize will be awarded for the book, radio or television program or series, film, DVD, CD-ROM, or URL making the best contribution on the subject of media and history to have been published or shown in the preceding two years

4. Three copies of the work must be submitted to the IAMHIST prize sub-committee chair by 30 September of the year preceding the award

5. The submitted work must be in the form of printed text, audio tape, VHS cassette, DVD or CD-ROM. It must be accompanied by back-up material, as appropriate, such as scripts and shot lists.

6. Works which are not in English must be accompanied by an English translation or an English synopsis.

7. The winner will be selected by a sub-committee of the IAMHIST Council, under the chairmanship of IAMHIST Treasurer, Cynthia Miller.

Submissions should be sent to:  Professor Cynthia J. Miller 484 Bolivar St. Canton, MA  02021 USA. Email:  


Following on from the success of last year’s postgraduate conference, ‘New approaches to gender, film and television’, as well as the recent publication of Cinema, Television and History (2014, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: CSP), developed from papers given at the research centre’s inaugural postgraduate conference, De Montfort University’s Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre is delighted to announce its third annual BAFTSS-funded postgraduate conference:



A postgraduate conference

Wednesday 4th June 2014, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Keynote speaker:

Dr. Amy Holdsworth,

Lecturer in Film and Television Studies (University of Glasgow)

Author of Television, Memory and Nostalgia

(2011, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)

Collective cultural memory, which according to José van Dijck is concerned with the “communal reservoir of relevant stories about our past and future” (2007: 8), has received a great deal of academic attention over the past two decades. More and more, these studies have focused on the impact of media on this ‘reservoir’, be it via collectively remembered images or via contemporary media that depicts the past retrospectively, as evidenced by the work of van Dijck and Amy Holdsworth (2011), among several others. Visual media – whether film, television, video games, photography or online media – have played an increasing role in the formation of cultural memory since 1950, and especially since the digital age, as screen cultures and media technologies have proliferated and diversified at an exponential rate.

De Montfort University’s Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre has been an active contributor to research on the relationship between media and cultural memory through its participation in the BECTU Oral Histories Project and in the Leverhulme-funded Hollywood and the Baby Boom project. As such, the CATH Centre’s third annual postgraduate conference will seek to explore the role of visual media in shaping collective memories, especially since the Second World War. How have transformations in media impacted on people’s relationships to the past? Can new media sources now be accepted as valid historical evidence?

We welcome papers that address these and other related issues by engaging with visual media such as film, television, video games, online cultures and photography. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

– The uses of nostalgia, retro and ‘heritage’ in post-war screen cultures;

– Media representations of history, such as documentaries and docu-dramas;

– The impact of media coverage of historical events on collective memory;

– The role of digital technologies in enabling easy access to archival material and the effect of this phenomenon on our relationship to the past;

– The impact of globalisation on cultural memory.

Abstracts of 200-300 words for papers of 20 minutes, plus a short biography, should be sent to by Wednesday 30th April 2014. For up-to-date information, please visit


We are also delighted to announce that the conference has received a BAFTSS funding award to assist delegates with travel, accommodation, and/or registration costs. Awards will be offered as 2 x £125 for delegates attending from outside the UK, OR as smaller bursaries of up to £50 for those travelling within the UK.

Information on Cinema, Television and History: New Approaches can be found here:–Television-and-History–New-Approaches1-4438-5379-8.htm


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