Keynote Addresses: Professor Robert C. Allen
James Logan Godfrey Distinguished Professor of American Studies, History and Communications Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
'Mapping the Experience of Cinema: An Online Digital History of Film in North Carolina, 1896-1930'
Professor Robert C. Allen's teaching and research interests are broad and interdisciplinary. His research has focused on the history of American popular entertainment and popular culture. He has written on the history of U.S. radio and television (Speaking of Soap Operas, 1985), film history and historiography (Film History: Theory and Practice, 1985), and American popular theater of the nineteenth and early twentieth century (Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque and American Culture, 1992). He is also the editor of To Be Continued: Soap Operas around the World (1995) and of two editions of the widely-used television criticism anthology, Channels of Discourse and Channels of Discourse, Reassembled (1987, 1994). He is the co-editor of The Television Studies Reader (2004) and Going to the Movies: Hollywood and the Social Experience of Cinema (2007).
His teaching interests include the history of American film and media, globalization and national identity, the family and social change in America, and comparative social and cultural history (especially American and Australian histories). A National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Fellow for 2008-9, his digital project, Going to the Show, documents the history of moviegoing in North Carolina through maps, photographs, newspaper ads, and other materials. In early 2011 Going to the Show received the Roy Rosenzweig Prize for innovation in digital history, awarded jointly by the American Historical Association and the Centre for History and New Media at George Mason University, USA.