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European Historical Drama in the Digital Age

Tuesday 17 March 2015, 9.30AM to 17:00

This one-day conference, organised by the MeCETES project with the financial support of HERA, the Centre for Digital Heritage and Department of Theatre Film and Television, University of York, brings together some of Europe’s leading film and television scholars to discuss historical drama in contemporary Europe. Addressing issues of production, representation, distribution and audience reception, it will focus on key case-studies from Britain, Germany and Denmark. It will also address the question of how digitisation is changing the way historical dramas are produced, circulated and consumed. Our aim is to identify some of the emerging trends within this important area of research.

 The event is being organised in partnership with the Researching European Film & Television Drama – PhD Workshop.


Andrew Higson (University of York), Heritage Films in Europe: The Transnational Production, Circulation and Reception of ‘National’ Heritage Drama

Ib Bondebjerg (University of Copenhagen), Collective Memory and National and European Identity: A Case Study of UK Historical TV Drama in Denmark

Paul Cooke (University of Leeds), Reconfiguring the National Community Transnationally: teamWorx, Television and the ‘Eventization’ of German History

David Forrest (University of Sheffield), Red Riding: Rewriting the Northern Imaginary

Gunhild Agger (Aalborg University), Traditions of Danish Historical Drama, Its Sources of Inspiration and Its Appeal

Kim Toft Hansen (Aalborg University), “High Quality Historical Drama”: The Danish Case of 1864

Q&A with Nick Wild and Alistair Maclean-Clark (360 Degrees Media) on producing historical drama


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Location: Law and Management Building (LMB/002), University of York (Heslington East campus)

Admission: Academic staff: £25 Students/postgrads: £20 University of York staff and students: free