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Film History

Last modified: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Film History, a premier academic journal in film studies, now being edited at IU

April 10, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- "Inquiries, Speculations, Provocations," a special double issue of Film History (Volume 25, No. 1-2) is the first issue edited by Gregory A. Waller at the journal's new home at Indiana University Bloomington. Waller, IU professor of film and media studies, succeeds Richard Koszarski as editor-in-chief.

The journal, published by Indiana University Press for the past decade, is now housed in IU's Film and Media Studies Program in the Department of Communication and Culture in the College of Arts and Sciences.

"It is an honor to take over as editor of Film History at this important juncture for the study and production of film and other media at Indiana University," Waller said. "Since its founding 25 years ago by Richard Koszarski, Film History has been one of the premier academic journals in film studies, and its presence at IU complements the invaluable work of the IU Cinema in presenting and the Media Preservation Initiative in preserving the history of film in all its many forms."

"Inquiries, Speculations, Provocations" underscores Film History's commitment to publishing original research across the full range of international film history, from the production, distribution, exhibition and reception of moving pictures to the technological, economic, political and legal aspects of film and the role of cinema as a contested cultural phenomenon.

Rather than being asked to take stock of the discipline or predict its future, the more than 20 contributors to the issue were asked to examine a research question, weigh in on a historiographical issue, or explore the implications of a particular piece of evidence. The result is a rich array of finely tuned micro-analyses and pointedly provocative interventions.

The issue also showcases what the newly redesigned Film History plans to promote: the variety and vitality of historical research as it engages with primary materials, develops explanatory claims, expands our understanding of what constitutes cinema, and contextualizes film within a broader media, social and cultural constellation.

In addition to submissions related to these topics, the editorial team encourages queries and submissions across the full spectrum of international film history, from pre-cinema to the 21st century, in and out of the commercial, theatrical mainstream and welcomes proposals for review essays and reassessments of classic texts in film history.

Film History Volume 25, No. 1-2, is available online. Proposals and manuscripts should be directed to