*THE 2019 IAMHIST- MICHAEL NELSON PRIZE *
*FOR A WORK IN MEDIA AND HISTORY *
The IAMHIST-MICHAEL NELSON PRIZE FOR A WORK IN MEDIA AND HISTORY is a
biennial prize awarded for the book, radio or television program or series,
film, DVD, CD-ROM, or URL making the best contribution on the subject of
media and history, which has been published or shown in the preceding two
The prize is dedicated to Michael Nelson, whose passion for media and
journalism inspired IAMHIST throughout the years. For more information on
Michael Nelson, please consult: *www.michaelnelsonbooks.com
Two awards will be made. The first, a prize of $1000, will be for the best
contribution by a book; the second, a prize of $1000 will be for the best
contribution by a (multi) media contribution. This second prize will
consider media such as films, CD-ROMs, and URLs separately from print
media, in the hope of encouraging the submission of scholarly work in
Submissions for the 2019 IAMHIST Prize for a Work in Media and History
should reach the committee before September 30, 2018. The prize will be
awarded for a publication and (multi) media contribution on the subject of
media and history published or shown between September 2016 – September
The prize was awarded for the first time in 2007, at the XXIInd IAMHIST
conference in Amsterdam. The winner was Wendy Webster (University of
Central Lancashire), for her book ENGLISHNESS AND EMPIRE, 1939-1965 (Oxford
University Press, 2005). Thanks to an especially strong field of entries,
two winners were chosen in 2009: RECONSTRUCTING AMERICAN HISTORICAL CINEMA
FROM ‘CIMMARON TO ‘CITIZEN KANE,’ by Jennifer E. Smyth (University of
Warwick), and VOICES IN RUINS: GERMAN RADIO AND NATIONAL RECONSTRUCTION IN
THE WAKE OF TOTAL WAR, by Alexander Badenoch (Technical University of
Eindhoven). Both works were cited by the prize committee as making
outstanding contributions to the field, based on excellence of research,
originality, accessibility, and scholarly usefulness. In 2011, the prize
was awarded to It’s the Pictures That Got Small: Hollywood Film Stars on
1950s Television (2009), by Christine Becker. In 2013, the first year of
the multi-media prize, the recipients were: J. EDGAR HOOVER GOES TO THE
MOVIES: THE FBI AND THE ORIGINS OF HOLLYWOOD’S COLD WAR, by James
Sbardellati, and THE MEDIA HISTORY DIGITAL LIBRARY (
www.mediahistoryproject.org). In 2015, the recipients were How It Feels to
Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement, by Ruth
Feldstein (book) and Brave Little Belgium, produced by VRT (multi-media).
In 2017, the sole recipient was Shelley Stamp’s Lois Weber in Early
Rules of the IAMHIST prize:
1. The prize is awarded biennially.
2. Invitations for submissions and names of the winners will be published
in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, on the IAMHIST
website, on flyers, displayed in the universities of teaching members of
IAMHIST, and by letters to appropriate bodies.
3. The prize will be awarded for the book, radio or television program or
series, film, DVD, CD-ROM, or URL making the best contribution on the
subject of media and history to have been published or shown in the
preceding two years (which, for the 2019 prize, will be from September 2016
– September 2018).
4. Three copies of the work must be submitted to the IAMHIST prize
sub-committee chair by 30 September of the year preceding the award (in
this case, September 30, 2018).
5. The submitted work must be in the form of printed text, audio tape, VHS
cassette, DVD or CD-ROM. It must be accompanied by back-up material, as
appropriate, such as scripts and shot lists.
6. Works which are not in English must be accompanied by an English
translation or an English synopsis.
7. The winner will be selected by a sub-committee of the Council of
IAMHIST, under the chairmanship of IAMHIST Treasurer, Cynthia Miller.
Submissions should be sent to: Professor Cynthia J. Miller 484 Bolivar St.
Canton, MA 02021 USA. Email: [log in to unmask]
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