Final Programme for Turning The Page: Digitalization, movie magazines and historical audience studies, Ghent, November 2015

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DAY 1 – 12 November

9.00 – 10.00 Registration

Welcome note NoRMMA

Welcome note DICIS


Tamar Jeffers McDonald, University of Kent

Daniël Biltereyst, Ghent University

10.00 – 11.00 Keynote Eric Hoyt, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Variety’s Transformations: Digitizing and Analyzing the First 35 Years of a Canonical Trade Paper
11.00 – 11.30 Break
11.30 – 1.00 PANEL 1: Digital Impacts

Chair: Lies Lanckman, University of Kent


Mark Lynn Anderson, University of Pittsburgh: Against Recovery: The Historian, the Archivist and the Film Historical Audience in the Digital Age

Judith Thissen, Utrecht University: “Nobody Knew”: Digital Humanities, Ephemeral Evidence and the Challenges of New Cinema History

Matthew Jones & Steve Chibnall, DeMontfort University: Opening the Archive: British Film Periodicals

C. Paul Sellors, Edinburgh Napier University: As We May Think about Film History

 1.00 – 2.00 Lunch  
2.00 – 3.30 PANEL 2: Trade Journals

Chair: Roel Vande Winkel, University of Leuven


Derek Long, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Programs, Star Series, Blocks, and Open Booking: The Debate over Feature Distribution in the Hollywood Trade Press, 1917-1922 

Julie Nakama, University of Pittsburgh: “No Longer a Boy”: Doris Day, Costume, and Performance in Caprice (1967)

Thunnis Van Oort, University of Antwerp: Business Interest Associations for Cinema Exhibition and Distribution in Belgium and the Netherlands

Jessica L. Whitehead, York University and Paul S. Moore, Ryerson University: Foreign Players in a Domestic Market: Comparing U.S. & Canadian Film Trade Presses

3.30 – 4.00 Break  
4.00 – 6.00 PANEL 3: Industry roundtable

Chair: Eric Hoyt


Lea Whittington, Margaret Herrick Library, Los Angeles

Anastasia Kerameos, British Film Institute Library, London

Jean-Paul Dorchain, Belgian Cinematek/Royal Film Archive, Brussels

Pelle Snickers, Umea University, Christopher Natzén and Mats Rohdin, National Library of Sweden

6.00 – 8.00 Drinks and Dinner  
8.00 – 9.00 Screening Pollyanna (Paul Powell, 1920)

DAY 2 – 13 November

09:50 Assemble
10.00 – 11.00 Keynote Geneviève Sellier, University of Bordeaux, Montaigne: Popular films and popular spectatorship in post-war France: a Turning The Page research program in French film studies
11.00 – 11.30 Break
11:30 – 1.00 PANEL 4: Stars

Chair: Tamar Jeffers McDonald


Mary Desjardins, Dartmouth College: Gross ‘Inaccuracies, Misrepresentations, and Exaggerations’:  The Motion Picture Industry’s Clean-up of Movie Fan Magazines in 1934

Annie Fee, University College London: Sandra Milowanoff Between the Sheets: Cinephilic Film Journals and Popular Film Weeklies in 1920s Paris

Ann-Marie Fleming, University of Kent: Taking Care of Elvis: Deconstructing the Structure and Content of Elvis Monthly 1960-1965

Alissa Clarke, DeMontfort University: In Bed with Mae West: Movie Magazine Revelations of the Boudoir as Creative, Training and Central Scenic Space

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch
2.00 – 3.30 PANEL 5: Fans

Chair: Philippe Meers, University of Antwerp


Emily Lord-Kambitsch, University College London: A Woman in the Chariot: Accessing Female Viewers of MGM’s Ben-Hur (1925) through Fan Magazines

Amy E. Borden, Portland State University: Before Motion Picture World: Movies in Gilded Age American Magazines

Esther Pandya, University of Kent: A Play with Identity: The Female Reader of Fan Magazines

Ellen Wright, DeMontfort University: ‘Every woman ShouldGlamour for Attention’: Hollywood Stars, Fan Annuals, Consumption and the Negotiation of Feminine Desirability in Austerity Britain 

 3.30 – 4.00 Break
 4.00- 6.00 PANEL 6: International Fan Magazines

Chair: Leen Engelen, University of Leuven


Jonathan Driskell, Monash University, Malaysia: Stardom, Gender and Fan Magazines during the “Golden Age” of Malay Cinema

María-Paz Peirano, University of Kent: Hollywood Imaginaries at the End of the World: Ecran and the Construction of the International Industry from the Periphery

Jacqueline Maingard, University of Bristol: Drumming Up Audiences: Movie Magazines, Pictorials, and Cinema in South Africa, 1915 to 1969

Oana-Maria Mazilu, University of Kent: A Star is born: Nicolae Ceausescu’s Image in the Romanian Film Magazine Cinema

André Van der Velden, Utrecht University: Dutch Movie Magazines On- and Off-line

8.00 – 9.00 Nocturne Visit to the exhibition Filmtheaters: Gent Cinemastad (Caermersklooster)

DAY 3 – 14 November      

9:50 Assemble
10:00 – 11.30  PANEL 7: Methodologies

Chair: Daniël Biltereyst

Dominic Topp, University of Kent: Auteurs Avant la Lettre? Using Digital Movie Magazine Collections to Study Audiences’ Perception of Classical Hollywood Directors

Martin Loiperdinger, University of Trier: Teaching Historical Audience Studies in the Age of Digitalization – the Case of the Importing Asta Nielsen Database

Michael Williams, University of Southampton: Searching for ‘Apollo’: Researching Star Discourse in the Film Fan Magazine

Birgit Van Puymbroeck, University of Ghent: Intermedial Genres: The Radio Times and The Listener

11:30 – 12.00 Break  
12.0 – 1.30 PANEL 8: Active readers

Chair: Lies Van de Vijver, Ghent University

Michael Cowan, University of St Andrews: Film Magazines and Cinephilic Education

Myriam Juan, University of Caen Basse-Normandie Looking at the Movie Fans: Pictures of Male and Female Spectators in the French Film Magazines of the Interwar Years

Fabrice Lyczba, Université Dauphine, London:  Recentering Silent Film Reception: Imagining the Playful Audience Through the Discourse of Realism in Fan and Trade Magazines

Pierre Stotzky, Université  de Lorraine: Letters From Readers of the Film Press: Film Culture Among French Sspectators in the Early 1920s

 1.30 – 2.00 Closing remarks Daniël Biltereyst, Tamar Jeffers McDonald, Lies Lanckman, Lies Van de Vijver


Please do let us know if you’re interested in attending! We would love to see all of you there – feel free to email for more information.

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