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Vidi grant awarded to Carolyn Birdsall:

Mapping Transnational Conflict Heritage: Radio Collections in Europe, 1930 - 1960

NWO-funded VIDI Project ‘Mapping Transnational Conflict Heritage: Radio Collections in Europe, 1930 – 1960’ Conflict and war are commonly understood to seriously impact cultural collections, but the current challenge is how to map these developments effectively. In this project, radio archival collections in Europe during and after World War II open a new door to specifying how cultural objects came to be part of the heritage of war. Birdsall proposes a tripartite model for studying sound archival collections in terms of their 1) transformation, 2) relocation, and 3) valorisation. Combining insights from archival, heritage, and media studies, Birdsall analyzes how radio collections were archived, circulated and used under conditions of war, occupation and reconstruction. Contact Read more >

CLARIAH Media Studies summer school, July 2-6

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Hilversum)

The CLARIAH Media Studies summer school takes place from July 2 to 6 at The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Hilversum). Full registration is closed. Attendance during Day 1 and 5 is open. The first and last days are open to the public, and include keynotes (by Eric Hoyt and Dana Mustata), and CLARIAH and project presentations. One of the highlights of this event is that participants will be able to work, for the first time, with the automatic speech recognized transcripts of an important part of B&G’s radio and television collections. Programme >

Mastervak Journalistiek wint Onderwijsprijs FGw 2018

Het vak ‘Multimediaal Onderzoeksjournalistiek Project’ van de duale master Journalistiek en media heeft de Onderwijsprijs 2018 van de Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen gewonnen als beste mastervak. Tijdens het vak werken de studenten in groepjes aan multimediale onderzoeksjournalistieke producties waarvan een groot deel ook gepubliceerd wordt in landelijke media. Kenmerkend voor het vak zijn de projectvorm en de inbreng van experts uit de journalistieke praktijk. De jury roemde met name de ambitieuze studiecultuur binnen het vak. Ook de intensieve samenwerking tussen studenten sprak de jury aan, plus het feit dat de deelnemers het vak hoog waarderen. Het vak wordt gecoördineerd door dr. Mirjam Prenger. Zie verder >

16 april Student MA Journalistiek, Timo Nijssen

wint De Tegel als beste journalistieke talent

Afgelopen maandag, 16 april, won Timo Nijssen (22), student van de master Journalistiek en media aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam, De Tegel, de nationale prijs voor de Nederlandse journalistiek, als beste journalistieke talent. Hij is daarmee de jongste winnaar van De Tegel voor Talent. Nijssen won de CBS Talenttegel voor een multimediale productie die hij in 2017 maakte voor de Volkskrant over waarom een flesje water uit Hongkong daar meer kost dan in Nederland. De jury schrijft: “Persoonlijke verwondering leidt tot een indrukwekkende journalistieke Odyssee. Niet alleen origineel uitgewerkttot een multimediale productie met mooi gemaakte infographics – maar ook verdiepend en onderbouwd met een veelvoud aan interessante cijfers.” Het was de achtste keer op rij dat (oud)studenten van de MA Journalistiek en media genomineerd waren voor De Tegel voor beste journalistieke talent en de vijfde keer dat de prijs is gewonnen door een (oud)student. >

Media Studies & Communication Science ranked 1st in the world in latest QS Rankings

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is ranked best in the world in the field of Communication Science and Media Studies in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject. In the latest QS Rankings, which were published on Wednesday, 28 February, Communication & Media Studies jump from 2nd to 1st place. ‘We’ve always put the quality of our teaching and research first. Over the past few years, we’ve been delighted to see our efforts reflected in a solid position in the rankings. This number 1 position is, of course, the icing on the cake. We are incredibly proud to have been able to put the UvA’s Communication Science department on the map’, says Martine van Selm, director of the College of Communication and professor in the Corporate Communication group. ‘The UvA’s department of Media Studies is also thrilled with the news’, says Rens Bod, department chair and professor of Computational... >

€ 625.000 for Huygens ING/UvA-CREATE project ‘Virtual Interiors’

by NWO Creative Industries Funding

The Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) has granted Smart Culture – Big Data / Digital Humanities funding of € 625.000 for the project Virtual Interiors as Interfaces for Big Historical Data Research: Spatially enhanced publications of the creative industries of the Dutch Golden Age, by prof. dr. Charles van den Heuvel (Principal Investigator; Huygens ING & UvA), prof. dr. Julia Noordegraaf (UvA-CREATE), prof. dr. Gabri van Tussenbroek (UvA), dr. Madelon Simons (UvA) and their private partners Brill (Marti Huetink) and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Johan Oomen & Jesse de Vos). The project, which will start in 2018, will focus on the question of how we can develop and publish digital maps and virtual rooms using historical data to represent the cultural life of the past in a reliable way. It is designed to link with the Investment Grant NWO Large project ‘Golden Agents’, led by Charles van den Heuvel at Huygens ING and with participation of researchers of the UvA research... >

Media Tactics and Engagement

NECS Conference June 27-29, VU and UvA

Please be aware that NECS 2018 has two main locations: the University of Amsterdam (UvA) Oudemanhuispoort (OMHP) site, and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) Main Building. The main conference registration desk, the information desk, and the Publishers Forum are located at the VOX-POP/Venture Lab Building, just around the corner from Oudemanhuispoort. Directions and information on travelling between the conference locations can be found here. The changing media landscape requires continuous (re)invention of the ways in which photography, film, television, digital media, and the arts are produced, distributed, accessed, and consumed. Back in the past like today, the question of media tactics and engagement is crucial once more. Today the question seems even more urgent, since large corporations provide platforms and services that foster the desired behaviour of the average media viewer/user/consumer and produ(c/s)er; nevertheless, in previous decades, ways of planning long-term strategies, tactical reactions to unforeseen circumstances and engagement have determined media practices and... >

Richard Rogers is signatory of public statement

by leading internet researchers

Richard Rogers is signatory of public statement by leading internet researchers, as reported in the Guardian with the headline, ‘Facebook’s data changes will hamper research and oversight, academics warn’. The Guardian See public statement   >

ERC Grant Niels van Doorn

Platform Labor: Digital transformations of work and livelihood in post-welfare societies

Digitale platformen zoals Uber en Airbnb veranderen hoe mensen werken, waarde creëren en delen, en in hun onderhoud voorzien. Op die manier groeit de rol van dergelijke platformen als nieuwe instituties die de relaties tussen burger, markt en overheid herschikken. Deze relaties zijn historisch gevormd door wijdverbreide ongelijkheden op basis van gender, klasse en ras. Niels van Doorn gaat onderzoeken of en hoe platformen – als nieuwe plaats voor kapitaalvergaring, governance en normering – bestaande ongelijkheden versterken. Ook kijkt hij of er nieuwe ongelijkheden en kwetsbaarheden ontstaan en in hoeverre digitale platformen juist middelen bieden voor empowerment. Van Doorns doel is inzicht te krijgen in hoe digitale platformen de organisatie van arbeid en sociale reproductie beïnvloeden, in de huidige tijd waarin de verzorgingsstaat plaatsmaakt voor een participatiesamenleving. >

Veni-grant NWO for Anne Helmond

App ecosystems: A critical history

The aim of this project is to write the first critical history of the app ecosystem. People spend much of their time online using apps to communicate with people and to share content. Yet, despite their popularity we know little about the development of individual apps, their emergence as a new media form, and their native environment, the app stores. There are three important developments that require urgent attention: the progressive (i) securitization of daily life, augmented by the rise of apps, prompting surveillance and privacy risks; (ii) concentration of app markets by app stores, dominated by Facebook, Apple, and Google, causing rapid conglomeration; and (iii) platformization of the app ecosystem, further consolidating the dominant position of social media platforms. In order to analyze these three issues, we need to develop techniques to historicize and understand their developments. Apps are ephemeral media that are continuously updated, rendering older versions unavailable.... >