About

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.

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

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello,
    I hope you are well. I am working on a design thinking project related to Movie Going Experience. Does your organization have insights / research on the “user experience” aspect of movie-going? If so, who/how could i access that information?

    I am happy to share with results of the design sprint if of interest…

    Thank you,

    1. Dear Paoola, apologies for the late reply. HoMER is a research network rather than a centralised organisation so it is difficult to point you to a specific resource. Many HoMER participants do work in this area of the cinemagoing experience, especially as it changes over time and in different places. There are several books available that bring together researchers in this area, and they may be a good place to start, for instance Explorations in New Cinema History and Watching Films. You can also browse the projects listed under Digital HoMER and find those that are more relevant to your own research. And certainly please feel free to send more information about your project!

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