Localities: Comparative Histories of Cinema Audiences

Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis (TMG)/Journal for Media History
Deadline: 14 February 2019


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Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis/Journal for Media History is seeking proposals for a special issue called Localities: Comparative Histories of Cinema Audiences.

The social historiography of movie audiences has often relied on local case studies to understand how film became an ingrained part of everyday life in communities across the globe. In this vein, scholars have conducted in-depth analyses of local movie-going including maps of theatre locations, examinations of film programming and tracing exhibition strategies. Comparisons across these and other cases will achieve a distinct understanding of larger film exhibition patterns and trends, to identify what is specifically local, differentiated from what is more general. The purpose of this special issue is to collect ongoing comparative work in new cinema history, stimulate collaboration, and reflect on problems and challenges in comparing across localities in cinema research.

In June of 2017, the History of Moviegoing and Exhibition Network (HoMER) 7th International Conference was held in Toronto, Canada. The conference, “Circuits of Cinema,” highlighted distribution, broadly defined, and included several comparative and collaborative studies focusing on international audiences practices globally. A selection of papers presented at this conference will be included in this special issue. We are inviting additional comparative studies for this publication with possible topics including but not limited to:

  • Audience data across countries and continents
  • International distribution circuits
  • Comparison of movie-going patterns across historical time periods
  • Traditional exhibition strategies vs. digital and streaming practices
  • Juxtaposing moviegoing to other forms of leisure consumption (theatre, music, sports spectatorship, etc.)

This special issue aims to encourage comparative and collaborative scholarship. In the spirit of New Cinema History, we welcome papers from disciplines beyond history and film studies. We also seek to include work in underexplored global regions like South America, Africa, and Asia.

Please send proposals to the editors: Jessica Whitehead (jessicaleonorawhitehead@gmail.com) or Thunnis van Oort (thunnisvanoort@yahoo.co.uk) by the 14th of February. Authors will be notified of acceptance by the end of February. A full version of the article is due by the 1st of September.

Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis (TMG)/Journal for Media History is an open access peer reviewed academic journal, published in the Netherlands. Its aim is to promote and publish research in media history. It offers a platform for original research and for contributions that reflect theory formation and methods within media history. For more information and author guidelines, see: http://www.tijdschriftmediageschiedenis.nl

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