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Published on Monday, April 16, 2018 by Elsa Zotian

Summary

During the past decade, a massive body of European audiovisual heritage has become accessible online: on video sharing sites and websites of archives, or through initiatives such as EUscreen.eu and Europeana.eu. Once online, audiovisual heritage circulates in diverse ways: users watch, share, like, or dislike it; they comment, appropriate, and download videos for remix and recirculation. It thus becomes part of the popular consumption of history, potentially creating new interpretations of heritage materials, challenging authorised perspectives. Heritage institutions perceive the consequences of the recent technological transformations of the sector as a major challenge and opportunity.

Announcement

Digital Heritage Scholars and Experts from Archives will discuss "The Many Lives of Europe's Audiovisual Heritage Online" during this one-day symposium, organized by Utrecht University's Centre for Television in Transition and the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision in collaboration with DARIAH-EU and DARIAH-NL.

Argument

During the past decade, a massive body of European audiovisual heritage has become accessible online: on video sharing sites and websites of archives, or through initiatives such as EUscreen.eu and Europeana.eu . Once online, audiovisual heritage circulates in diverse ways: users watch, share, like, or dislike it; they comment, appropriate, and download videos for remix and recirculation. It thus becomes part of the popular consumption of history, potentially creating new interpretations of heritage materials, challenging authorised perspectives. Heritage institutions perceive the consequences of the recent technological transformations of the sector as a major challenge and opportunity. Nevertheless, urgent questions regarding the circulation of audiovisual heritage online remain unanswered:

  • How do strategies of curation shape the appropriation of digitized heritage?
  • How does digitisation and online circulation of audiovisual heritage affect the mission, role, and structure heritage institutions, as well as their relationships with media producers and publics?
  • How can audiovisual archives better foster the re-use of Europe’s audiovisual heritage?
  • (How) do digital curation and other appropriations of audiovisual heritage create new perspectives on European history and identity do ?
  • How does online circulation of audiovisual heritage alter the power relationships between amateur and professional historians in a public history environment, potentially blurring the boundaries between authorised and popular visions of European history?
  • What new tools and methods do we need to analyse the circulation of audiovisual heritage online, and how have traditional methods to be adapted for this aim?

To discuss these challenges, Utrecht University's Centre of Television in Transition in collaboration with The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and CLARIAH-EU and CLARIAH-NL organizes a one day symposium on May 16th, 2018.

Confirmed participants include Jerome Bourdon, Professor at the Department of Communication, Tel Aviv University; Andreas Fickers, Professor for Contemporary and Digital History and Director of the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History; Prof. Dr. Sonja de Leeuw, Utrecht University; Johan Oomen, Head of Research and Development at Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision; Julia Noordegraaf, Professor of Digital Heritage at the University of Amsterdam; and Pelle Snickars, Professor of Media and Communication Studies and affiliated to the HUMlab Research Centre of Umeå University, Sweden.

Programme

10:00 Registration, coffee and thee

10:15 Welcome & opening – Frank Kessler, Eggo Müller, Utrecht University

10:30-12:00 Theme 1: The Meaning of Audiovisual Heritage

Chair: Judith Keilbach, Utrecht University

  • The Media Scholar as Storyteller: Working with Digitized Audiovisual Sources, Berber Hagedoorn, University of Groningen
  • Re-envisioning Radio, Re-sounding Worlds: Lost and Found in the Radio Garden, Alec Badenoch, Free University Amsterdam & Utrecht University
  • ‘Failed Interviews’: Doing Television History With Women, Dana Mustata, University of Groningen
  • Television as Good Archival Object, Jerome Bourdon, Tel Aviv University

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:30 Theme 2: Online Circulation and Digital Methods

Chair: John Ellis, Royal Holloway London

  • Audiovisual Digital Methods: The Case of Spotify, Pelle Snickars, Umea University
  • New Approaches Towards Accessing Digital Audiovisual Heritage: What Will EUscreen Look Like in the Future?, Johan Oomen, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum
  • Researching Television History Online: An Archaeological Approach to the CLARIAH Media Suite, Julia Noordegraaf, University of Amsterdam
  • Tools for Reflection: Working with Audiovisual Data in the Classroom, Jasmijn Van Gorp, Utrecht University

14:30-14:45 Coffee/thee break

14:45-15:30: Screening & Closing Words

  • On the Road Again: An Experimental Media Archeology Journey to the Origins of Transnational TV in Europe, Andreas Fickers & Andy O’Dwyer, Centre for Contemporary and Digital History, University of Luxembourg
  • Closing Words, Eggo Müller, Utrecht University

15:30-16:00 Transfer to University Hall, Domplein 29, 3512 JE Utrecht

16:15  Farewell speech Sonja de Leeuw

17:00 Reception

Places

  • room 0.05 'Sweelinckzaal' - entrence via Drift 27 - Drift 21
    Utrecht, Holland (3512 BR)

Date(s)

  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Keywords

  • Audiovisual Heritage, Fingerprinting, Video Tracking, Digital Humanities, Appropriation

Contact(s)

  • Eggo Mueller
    courriel : e [dot] mueller [at] uu [dot] nl

Information source

  • Eggo Mueller
    courriel : e [dot] mueller [at] uu [dot] nl

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« The Many Lives of Europe's Audiovisual Heritage Online », Colloquium, Calenda, Published on Monday, April 16, 2018, https://calenda.org/421227

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