Upcoming HoMER Conference 26–28 June 2019

Hosted by The University of the Bahamas, Nassau

New Cinema History, as an approach focusing “on the circulation and consumption of film” and examining “cinema as a site of social and cultural exchange” (Richard Maltby, 2011) has turned out to be very productive. It brought together both young and veteran scholars who believed that it was more fruitful writing film history with an eye for the social, economic and geographical aspects of cinema cultures, than merely an art history of the moving image or a critical reading of films. At the last HoMER@NECS conference in Amsterdam, members of the panel ‘New Cinema History: What’s Next?’ called  for more theoretical and methodological grounding of our research. In the Homer 2019 conference Anchoring New Cinema History we would like to start answering that call.

The SPACES and PLACES Stream of the conference will aim to investigate the geography of cinema. The THEORIES AND METHODOLOGIES Stream will provide an opportunity to reflect on and discuss some key areas of research within the HoMER network, with the aim of suggesting new directions in the field and developing new theoretical and methodological approaches, or reintroducing and adapting existing approaches that proved to be useful.

The conference program will be published around the end of April 2019.

Support for young scholars

At the last HoMER General Meeting in Amsterdam we agreed that we would search for ways to support young colleagues or PhD students who wish to take part in the Homer conferences but have no financial support from their universities.  One of the solutions was the Gofundme website where one can set up a crowdfunding campaign which then could be endorsed by the Homer coordinators to the network. Two of our members actually set up a call at the website:

Eleonora Roaro:  https://www.gofundme.com/conference-in-nassau-the-bahamas

Sarah Kelley:  https://www.gofundme.com/presenting-at-homer-conference-2019-in-nassau