Film in history / History in film Conference

Posted on December 02, 2019

The Department of Historical and Heritage Studies at the University of Pretoria will be hosting a "Film in history / History in film" Conference from 2 - 4 April 2020.

The conference seeks to engage with film in South Africa in the four domains, film in history, film as source of history, film as history and film as counter-archive.  The conference aims to bring together South African and international scholars working broadly in the domain of film and history in and about South Africa.  The conference is open to all scholars whose research interest is film and visual studies from a historical perspective, including research interests in the historical development of cinema (in the South African national, comparative and/or global contexts), cinema culture, audiences, festivals and reception, technologies and the business of filmmaking as well as historians working with film as history, film in history and film as [counter]archive.

Professor Emeritus Keyan Tomaselli (UKZN, UJ) and Dr Jacqueline Maingard (University of Bristol) are confirmed keynote speakers. 

Select conference papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume.  


Submission of Papers

Abstract deadline:  20 January 2020

Abstracts can be submitted here:

Please create an account on the conference page in order to submit online abstracts.

Acceptance responses: 7 February 2020

Publication-ready papers to be submitted by 17 April 2020



Inquiries can be directed to: 

Ian Macqueen: [email protected] 

Glen Ncube: [email protected] 

Nisa Paleker: [email protected] 


For all other information and conference updates please see the conference website:


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