Golden Age of Cinema

Date / time: 21 July, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm


Conference – 21 July 2023 | Call for Papers, deadline – 5 May 2023 

In 1895 the Lumiere brothers provided the first public display of the moving picture. For the first decade the moving picture was seen as a novelty used mainly for the dissemination of pictures of the world. In fact, the radiography machine invented at the same time and displayed at carnivals was seen to have more entertainment value. All that changed in 1910 with the development of commercial films from companies such as the Kalem company. The First World War slowed the growth of cinema and film production in many countries, and it was not until the 1920s that the cinema industry experienced large-scale development, eventually becoming one of the largest entertainment industries in the world.

However, cinema did not develop uniformly across the world and what is defined as the ‘Golden Age of cinema’ varies accordingly. This online conference seeks to tease out the complex narratives surrounding the start and end point of the Golden Age of cinema.

This is a multi-disciplinary online conference that seeks proposals from Geographers, Historians, Sociologists, Musicologists, Architectural Historians, of no more than 300-words that includes but is not limited to the following themes.

  • Youth and cinema
  • Art Deco cinema house
  • Music Using cinema for charitable purposes
  • Cinema and religion
  • Cinema censorship
  • Cinema and fashion
  • The decline of the cinema
  • Cinema stars of the golden age
  • Cinema audiences
  • Local entrepreneurs

We invite submissions for 20-minute papers from PhD students, early career researchers and established researchers from across the world. Panel proposals are particularly welcomed – these should consist of no more than 3 papers on a coherent issue relevant to the conference.

Please email abstract and short bio to Deadline for submission of proposals: 5 May 2023. Speakers will be notified on 15 May 2023.

Keynote speaker: Dr Ruth McManus, Associate Professor of Geography, School of History and Geography, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dublin City University

Organising committee: Dr Martin Walsh, University of Limerick and Dr Robert James, University

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