What is Cinema History? Conference 2015

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The HoMER Network and the Early Cinema in Scotland project are proud to present ‘What is Cinema History?’, an international conference taking place in Glasgow, 22-24 June 2015. The full programme is available here.
If you are attending, we hope you have a safe and easy journey from wherever you visit us! The map below the main locations for the conference and some nearby amenities.

Registration is now closed, but please get in touch with the organisers if you would like to attend.


WHAT IS CINEMA HISTORY?

A HoMER Network conference presented by the Early Cinema in Scotland research project

University of Glasgow

22-24 June, 2015

Over the last three decades, our understanding of cinema as a historical phenomenon has been subject to a series of ‘turns’ – empirical, spatial, and computational, to name a few. This conference, organised by the Early Cinema in Scotland research project in collaboration with the HoMER Network (History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception), will investigate the shifting positions and imperatives of cinema history and its relationships with other approaches and disciplines. As cinema itself unravels or merges into a diversity of media forms and reception contexts, the centrifugal impulse of cinema history is amplified by scholarly engagement with new technologies. At this pivotal point, we need to understand the contradictory legacies and perspectives of film studies, film history, media archaeology, cultural studies, and other cognate fields, transcending the discourse of ‘newness’ that has underpinned the development of these methods. Thirty years after Film History: Theory and Practice (Allen and Gomery, 1985), what is new in the theory and practice of film and cinema history?

Some of the topics proposed for consideration include:

  • The place of cinema history in relation to other disciplines and research fields, such as geography or social history;
  • Teaching cinema history and understanding its specialist skill-set;
  • Archives, sources, and the consequences of digitisation for different types of cinematic heritage;
  • Historical geographies of cinema and the use of digital mapping as analytical tool;
  • Non-metropolitan and non-theatrical exhibition studies as a historiographical challenge;
  • The rhetoric of ‘newness’ and revisionist historiography;
  • Text, ‘distant reading’, and the digital humanities;
  • Data sharing, comparative approaches, and micro-history.

Confirmed keynotes:

  • Richard Maltby
  • Haidee Wasson
  • John Caughie
  • Judith Thissen

HoMER Network logo resizedResearch on the history of exhibition, distribution and reception emphasises cinema’s imbrication in the fabric of social experience, championing relational and contextual approaches. Since 2004 the HoMER Network (homernetwork.org) has functioned as an international forum for researchers working in these areas, supporting a series of conferences, events, and publications. Participation in the 2015 event is not restricted to previous HoMER participants.

The conference will be preceded by a practical workshop on Data Sharing and Linkage for historians, organised by the DICIS (Digital Cinema Studies) Network, and the second day will also feature a reflexive round-table on the past and prospects for cinema history. There will also be a HoMER general meeting during the conference, to decide on future structures and goals for the Network. This meeting is open to all conference participants interested in the future of HoMER.