Film Distribution and Exhibition During World War II

Online convention: Nov 19-20, 2020

This online event is a follow-up to the workshop “Film Distribution, Exhibition and Consumption during the Second World War” (Leuven, 2018) and the “Movie Theatres in Wartime” symposium (June 2020, scheduled to take place in Amsterdam, but due to Covid-19 downsized into a smaller online event). The sessions, which can be attended through online videoconferencing (Zoom), will be organised in November, on Thursday 19 and Friday 20, between 14.00 and 18.00 Central European Time (CET).

Scholars are invited to present their ongoing research about film exhibition and distribution during World War II. The purpose is threefold: (1) developing and sharing methodological expertise in compiling, analysing and comparing data on historical film programming; (2) gaining more insight in the transnational patterns of film supply and demand during the war, across belligerent and neutral countries; (3) building and strengthening a network of scholars with a shared interest in the topic.

Scholars who wish to present their research are welcome to submit a short abstract (1 page) to the organisers no later than Monday November 2 via THIS LINK. Please use the same link if you are interested to attend the conference without presenting. Selected presenters will be informed in the following days. They will be invited to prepare a short (visual) presentation.

This event is produced by CREATE (University of Amsterdam), DICIS (Scientific Research Network on Digital Cinema Studies) and NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Preliminary programme

Thursday 19 November (14.00-18.00)

Presentations and discussions (with breaks)

Launch of the CINEMA IN OCCUPIED BELGIUM website.

Friday 20 November (14.00-18.00)

Presentation and discussion on the ongoing collaborative project “Going to the movies in German-occupied territory in World War II: A comparative analysis of film screenings in Brussels, The Hague, Krakow, and Brno (1940-1944)”.

Hands-on working/writing sessions

Virtual drinks afterwards

CINEMA IN OCCUPIED BELGIUM

Roel Vande Winkel will launch his website “CINEMA IN OCCUPIED BELGIUM”, which will give researchers access to detailed information about cinemas and film screenings in German-occupied Belgium (1940–1944). He will be joined by Thomas Crombez, whose company Letterwerk built the website. Both presenters will discuss the research underpinning the website and the practical problems of constructing such a website. This will be followed by a Q&A session.

A comparative analysis of film screenings in Brussels, The Hague, Krakow, and Brno

Seven scholars who are currently preparing a book chapter titled “Going to the movies in German-occupied territory in World War II: A comparative analysis of film screenings in Brussels, The Hague, Krakow, and Brno (1940-1944)”. For this article, the authors (Andrzej Dębski, Thunnis van Oort, Clara Pafort-Overduin, Terezia Porubcanska, Karina Pryt, Pavel Skopal, Roel Vande Winkel) are combining/comparing four large datasets and trying to identify and if possibly explain parallels and differences between four occupied cities. This session is intended as a forum for openly discussing problems and challenges that occur while attempting to do comparative cinema history.

Working/Writing sessions

Participants are invited to collaborate in groups on an activity/topic of their choice: discuss/prepare a grant proposal, work on a joint publication, or data set (cleaning, analysing).

We hope to hear from you soon!

Thunnis Van Oort (University of Amsterdam) (T.vanOort@uva.nl)

Roel Vande Winkel (KU Leuven – LUCA School of Arts) (roel.vandewinkel@kuleuven.be)

Pavel Skopal (Masaryk University) (skopal@phil.muni.cz)