About

CINEMA, MEMORY

and

the COMMUNITY

A WORKSHOP SERIES and ONLINE RESOURCE on MEMORIES of CINEMAS and CINEMA-GOING

About the Project

Cinemas are social spaces in which we form memories of the films we watch and the people we watch them with. Cinema buildings, with their often distinctive architecture, also hold a special place in memory. They are places we return to again and again and in which we have many and varied experiences, helping to fix them firmly within our recollections of the places we have lived and visited.

This project, funded by the British Academy, aims to use two workshops and this dedicated online portal to bring together academics, public groups and private businesses interested in the ways cinemas sit within and recur throughout our memories. It will build a new network of interested partners, inspire future collaborations and support the exchange of knowledge, skills and expertise.

Two workshops, in December 2016 and February 2017, will offer the first opportunities for such broad-based dialogue and collaboration in the emerging field of cinema memories. Participants who are working in this area, or who are interested in it as a future possibility for their work, are very welcome to join us.

As the project develops, this website will become an online hub for cinema memories work, collecting sample documents and training videos from network members, while also offering an online forum where information can be shared and questions answered. It is hoped that, as the website evolves alongside the project, it will support, facilitate and inspire the effective, ethical collection of cinema memories by an increasing range of people within their own communities.

 

Project team

 

Dr Matthew Jones - Associate Professor in Cinema and Television History, De Montfort University

 

Dr Monia Acciari - Early Career Academic Fellow, De Montfort University

 

Dr Sridhar Govindarajan

 

Cinema Memory and the Community is funded through Dr Jones' British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award.

Cinema, Memory, and the Community