Golden Ages:
Styles & Personalities, Genres & Histories
The 2014 Film & History Conference


The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
Madison, WI (USA)
29 October - 2 November, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Tom Gunning

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Featured Conference Events

Thursday 1-3 PM
Workshop: Publishing Your Work in Film and History

Join Stephen Ryan, senior editor at Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, for an inside look at how to turn your great book idea into a great book. Everything you always wanted to know about proposals, contracts, the editing process, and what your publisher will (and won't do for you) . . . all in one session, along with a chance to discuss your first (or next) book.

Friday 3-3:30 PM
Meet-and-Greet for Authors of New Books

Published a new book since last year's Film & History conference (mid-November 2013)? Interested in what your fellow conference-goers have published in the last year? Come take a look. Authors, feel free to bring copies of your book, or fliers, or both.

Saturday 1-2 PM
Presentation by the Media History Digital Library

The Media History Digital Library is dedicated to diigitizing classic media periodicals, including trade papers and fan magazines, and making them freely available online. More than 1.3 million pages are now available at their website, including significant runs of Variety, Photoplay, Close Up, and Talking Machine World. The site received the 2014 Annie Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

Saturday 2-3 PM
Presentation by the WI Center for Film and Theater Research

The Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research at the University of Wisconsin--Madison includes substantial holdings for United Artists, and individuals including Stephen Sondheim, Walter Mirisch, Otto Preminger, Moss Hart, Howard Koch, and many others, as well as a library of film prints. A full list of their film and television holdings is available here: Part 1 (A-K) and Part 2 (L-Z , films, and ephemera). The center welcomes researchers, and sends the following message:

The Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research (WCFTR) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison would like to welcome everyone to Madison! We have provided a list of our collections pertaining to film and television for your reference. To insure manuscript collections and film prints are available, please let us know ahead of time if you do plan to do research while you're in town and what collections/films you are interested in. Please contact Mary Huelsbeck ( if you have any questions or would like to do research while you are in Madison.


Saturday 6-9 PM
Conference Banquet and Keynote Address

Wind up the conference in style! Enjoy a buffet-style banquet with something for everyone, catch up with your friends, and listen to this year's keynote speaker. The banquet is included in your conference registration; addiitonal tickets are available at the registration desk for a nominal charge.

Past Film & History Conferences

The Film & History conference began in 2000 under the leadership of editor-in-chief Peter Rollins. Held biennially from 2000-2012 and annually beginning in 2013, it has grown into an international event for scholars working in a wide range of disciplines.

List of past Film & History conferences


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