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The History of Moviegoing, Exhibition, and Reception—or HoMER—Project was founded by an international group of cinema scholars in June 2004.

It aims to promote understanding of the complex, international phenomena of film going, exhibition, and reception through several means:

  • Collection, scholarly vetting, and sharing, via the world wide web, of new data on film going, exhibition, and reception;
  • Creation of a portal website that brings these new datasets together and, ideally, makes them cross searchable;
  • Dissemination of new models of collaborative research in the humanities that incorporate faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in long-term projects, and the development of new ways to incorporate such research into cinema studies and cultural history classrooms;
  • Support for a variety of means of publishing research findings, with particular focus on electronic publication of working papers, works in progress, and unconventionally formatted works that are difficult or impossible to publish on paper—e.g., works that use graphic imaging software for multilayered mapping or works that are very heavily illustrated.

Our Co-ordinators

Åsa Jernudd

Maria Luna

Åsa Jernudd is affiliated to the department of Media and Communication Studies at Örebro University. Her area of research is cinema studies, more specifically, related to historical exhibition and audiences. Currently, she leads a project financed by the Swedish National Board for Research and in collaboration with the National Library, entitled, Swedish Cinema and Everyday Life, a study of cinemagoing in its peak and decline. Åsa was thrilled to discover the HoMER network when attending ‘The Glow in their Eyes’ conference in Ghent in 2007. 

Artistic director at MIDBO (International Documentary Film Festival of Bogotá) in Colombia and adjunct Professor in the Department of Audiovisual Media at TecnoCampus ESUPT, Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) in Barcelona. Researcher of the group Narratives of Resistance, member of networks such as Posturas Críticas (Colombian women researchers in film studies), ALADOS, the association of Colombian documentary filmmaker and Cultura de la Pantalla. Coeditor with Pablo Mora and Daniela Samper of the book Territorio y memoria sin fronteras, nuevas estrategias para pensar lo real (2021) and author of the chapter Sur on Demand in the collective book Cines latinoamericanos, en busca del público perdido (2020), edited by Ana Rosas Mantecón and Leandro González. She has attended the HoMER conference and activities since the Homer@NECS workshop Comparative approaches  to moviegoing exhibition and reception (2014, Milano).

HoMER conference organisers / network co-ordinators
  • Daniël Biltereyst and Philippe Meers 2007 and 2013/14
  • María A. Vélez-Serna and Lies Van de Vijver 2014 – 2017
  • Clara Pafort-Overduin and Daniela Treveri Gennari 2017 – 2021
  • Åsa Jernudd and Maria Luna Rassa 2021 – 2023
Founding Members
The following participated in the HOMER Project’s founding conference, June 2004
Daniel Biltereyst, Gent University
  • Kate Bowles, Wollongong University
  • Karel Dibbets, University of Amsterdam
  • Kathy Fuller-Seeley, Georgia State University
  • Douglas Gomery, University of Maryland
  • Amy Howard, University of Richmond
  • Nancy Huggett, Wollongong University
  • Jeffrey Klenotic, University of New Hampshire
  • Arthur Knight, College of William & Mary
  • Richard Maltby, Flinders University
  • Phillipe Meers, University of Antwerp
  • Robert K. Nelson, College of William & Mary
  • Clara Pafort-Overduin, Utrecht University
  • John Sedgwick, London Metropolitan University
  • Robert Silberman, University of Minnesota
Fellow Travelers
The following have lent important intellectual and moral support in founding HOMER
  • Richard Abel, University of Michigan
  • Robert C. Allen, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Martin Barker, University of Wales-Aberystwyth
  • Jane Gaines, Duke University
  • Mark Jancovich, University of Nottingham
  • Hiroshi Kitamura, College of William & Mary
  • Terry Lindvall, Independent Scholar
  • Judith Thissen, Utrecht University
  • Andre van der Velden, Utrecht University
  • Tim White, Southwest Missouri State University