Methods, principles and international comparisons in the historiography of cinema-going

A workshop with Richard Maltby, Greg Waller and Janna Jones


University of Wollongong
Friday May 11 2007

The practice of going to the movies in Australia has been regionally widespread, economically significant, relatively socially inclusive, and certainly more consistent than the production of Australian films. From the picture palace to the multiplex, the cinema has been one of the key cultural sites where Australians have negotiated with globalisation, modernity, and each other. The creation of a research agenda for Australian cinema studies that focuses on the distribution and exhibition industries and the local audience experience faces a number of challenges in terms of methods, principles and disciplinary scope. The aim of this workshop is to bring together Australian and US scholars interested in exploring these issues and developing data management strategies to facilitate international comparisons in the cultural history of cinema consumption.

CRN members with a general interest in researching the social history and cultural geographies of media consumption are warmly invited to join us.

The event will take place at the University of Wollongong on Friday May 11, 11.00-5.00. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, please contact Dr Kate Bowles at the University of Wollongong (

Speakers include

Richard Maltby, Professor of Humanities, Flinders University of South Australia (editor of five books on the social history of cinema-going, most recently Going to the Movies: The Social Experience of Hollywood Cinema )

Gregory A. Waller, Professor of Communication and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington ( author of Main Street Amusements: Movies and Commercial Entertainment in a Southern City, 1896-1930.)

Janna Jones, Associate Professor, School of Communication, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. ( author of The Southern Movie Palace: Rise, Fall and Resurrection)