Film, History and Public Memory Conference, 4 October, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland

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School of History & Anthropology, Queen's University Belfast
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Film, History and Public Memory
Date: 4 October 2013
Nerve Centre, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland

This AHRC-funded one-day international conference, part of the Derry/Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 programme, is hosted by Queen's University Belfast and will explore the relationship between history and film in a global context. The keynote speaker is Professor Robert Rosenstone (California Institute of Technology).

How should film as a medium frame the past and represent historical events? What is the role of film in shaping public perceptions of the past? How have film-makers addressed contested histories and divided societies in different parts of the world, including Ireland? Can film enhance historical understanding and post-conflict reconciliation?

These questions will be addressed in a series of discussions between historians, film and media scholars, community organisers, educators and film-makers. We invite proposals for twenty-minute presentations on these and related aspects of film and history.

We encourage cross-disciplinary discussion, and invite proposals from diverse subject areas and approaches, including from film makers themselves, together with other creative practitioners.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- The representation of historical narrative on film
- The relationship between film, popular memory and historical knowledge
- The moving image archive as historical source and critical challenge
- The representation of international conflict and contested histories on film
- The boundaries of fiction and documentary film-making and the dramatization of history
- Local events/global import: the media and history
- History, memorialization and film

Please submit abstracts of 300 words, along with a brief bio, to the conference organisers at Please note that the deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1 June, 2013. It is anticipated that selected conference papers will be published.

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