Video Essays in Rural History

A new series published by the Archives of Rural History (ARH) and the European Rural History Film Association (ERHFA)

The aim of the series Video Essays in Rural History is to communicate knowledge gained from historical research based on written and audio-visual sources in the form of video essays. It intends to stimulate interdisciplinary exchange and to encourage scholarly cross-fertilisation that is crucial for understanding the past and present of rural societies.

The series Video Essays in Rural History is part of a wider research and archival infrastructure of the Archives of Rural History (ARH) and the European Rural History Film Association (ERHFA), which consists namely of a Database and an Online Portal.

What is a video essay in rural history?
A video essay in rural history is an independent form of communicating historical knowledge on all matters relating to rural history broadly understood. It adds new dimensions to a specific historical insight and advances a thesis or argument by using the potentials and possibilities of visual sources and moving images. Since the format of a video essay is not meant to replace, but to complement and amend written texts, each video essay in this series is accompanied by a written abstract, the script, references and additional information on the topic and indications for further reading. The video essay and the written document are published simultaneously online.