01 May 2018 → 30 April 2020
European funding: framework programme
- Cultural history
- Visual communication
- Cultural media
historical audience studies African American studies film cinemagoing gender
This project aims to re-construct the experience of cinema-going in black communities of New York during the interwar period. In drawing on a plethora of multidisciplinary resources – personal correspondence, diary entries, cinema records, fan letters, local news stories and articles from historical black press – it will investigate the roles played by cinema, the dominant form of entertainment at the time, in shaping the lives of African-American women in Harlem.