Dr. Ivo Blom
Ivo Blom is lecturer at the Department of Comparative Arts & Media Studies, Faculty of Arts, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. There he coordinates the Master Comparative Arts and Media Studies. Blom studied art history in Utrecht and Leiden (1979-1986). From 1989 to 1994, he worked as archivist and restorer at the Netherlands Filmmuseum (now EYE Filmmuseum). From 1991 on, he regularly published in Dutch and foreign journals, volumes and encyclopedias on early cinema, in particular on Italian, Dutch, German and French cinema; on such genres as the diva film, epic cinema, early comedy and early non-fiction; and on distribution and exhibition. From 1994 to 2000, he wrote his dissertation at the University of Amsterdam (2000), which was published in 2003 as Jean Desmet and the Early Dutch Film Trade . For a digital version, check here.
Ivo Blom is member of the editorial board of the Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis for which he co-edited the issues Games & History (2004), Cinema in Context (2007), miscellanea (2010), and (forthcoming) Madness & Media (2013). Until 2007, he also was on the editorial board of Jong Holland, journal on Art & Visual Culture, publishing on Jean-Léon Gérôme and silent epic Quo Vadis? (2001) and on Visconti, Hayez and intermediality (2006). Blom is member of Research School for the heritage and history of Cultural Landscape and Urban Environment (CLUE) and Amsterdam Institute for Research in Culture and Values; the research schools Huizinga Instituut and Research School for Media Studies (RMeS); the International Association for Word & Image (IAWIS); the Vereniging Geschiedenis Beeld & Geluid (Association for Image & Sound); the Network for European Cinema Studies (NECS); the International School for Intermedial Studies (ISIS); and Domitor, Association for the Study of Early Cinema. Blom has given lectures at numerous universities, and contributed to workshops and conferences in Western-Europe and the United States.
Ivo Blom has been guest lecturer at the University of Siena (2006-2008) and the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome (2007, 2x in 2010, 2012) and guest researcher at the same Royal Dutch Institute in Rome (2007), the latter after being awarded with the Dr. Blok Stipendium. Blom is also member of the Scientific Board of the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome, on behalf of VU University. He co-organised the conferences The Artist’s Biography on Film (2004), Diva Dolorosa: la gestualità sofferta (2004) and Visconti & Visual Arts (2006). In 2009, he co-organised the exploratory workshop Intermedialities: Theory and Practice of the European Science Foundation. He has been member of PhD jury’s at the Sorbonne, Paris3 (2009) and the University of Gent (2006, 2009), and advisor for NWO (the Dutch National Research Council), FWO (Flemish Research Council), the VU Faculty of Arts and the Mediafonds. In 2004-2005, he was initiator of the exhibition Blikvangers (Eyecatchers) on 60 years of Dutch film poster design.