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COVID 19 Research

THE COVID-19 ‘INFODEMIC’ by Karlijn Roex and Giovanni Colavizza “We are being bombarded with information about COVID-19. It is not always easy for the individual to tell apart established knowledge from unproven scientific theories, rumours and misinformation. In consequence, conspiracy theories are on the rise and frustration about conflicting information is growing. What can we do?” … more The Role of Media and Mass Communication Theory in the Global Pandemic by Mark Deuze “Throughout the history of the field of media and mass communication theory and research, claims have been made that ‘mass’ media and ‘mass’ communication are concepts that do not fit the contemporary media environment (anymore). However, contemporary developments and debates regarding the role of media and communication in the context of a global pandemic clearly suggest otherwise. In this article, the field of study regarding media and mass communication is reviewed based on the (7) fundamental theories... >

Documentary Sound / Sound as Documentation

This morning workshop addresses the role of sound in documentary. The aim of the workshop is to collectively map contemporary trends in documentary sound design and to engage critically with the vocabulary available for sound analysis. Drawing on a variety of documentary examples, the workshop aims to instigate conversation around the theory and practice of sound in the digital media landscape.

This morning workshop addresses the role of sound in documentary. The aim of the workshop is to collectively map contemporary trends in documentary sound design and to engage critically with the vocabulary available for sound analysis. Drawing on a variety of documentary examples, the workshop aims to instigate conversation around the theory and practice of sound in the digital media landscape. Documentary Sound / Sound as Documentation Date: Tuesday, November 26, 9:30-12:30 Location: Belle van Zuylenzaal, University Library, Singel 425, Amsterdam Registration: c.j.birdsall@uva.nl / t.pape@uva.nl  This morning workshop addresses the role of sound in documentary. The aim of the workshop is to collectively map contemporary trends in documentary sound design and to engage critically with the vocabulary available for sound analysis. Drawing on a variety of documentary examples, the workshop aims to instigate conversation around the theory and practice of sound in the digital media landscape. The workshop features short presentations by scholars... >

Two courses of Media Studies nominated for the Humanities Education Award 2019

The award will be handed out on Tuesday, 25 June in the Compagnietheater.

This year, in contrast with previous years, students and staff members were able to personally nominate courses for the Education Award. The jury received 35 nominations: 28 for a Bachelor’s course and 7 for a Master’s course. Nominated bachelor courses are: Games (keuzevak Mediastudies), Toni Pape Living Information (Media and Information), Mark Deuze Legacies of the Enlightenment (Europese studies), Matthijs Lok For more information, see: Six courses nominated for the Humanities Education Award 2019. >

War and the Screen Machine: Film Lecture by Patricia Pisters

Thursday 9 May 2019, 7,15 pm

War and the Screen Machine: Film Lecture by Patricia Pisters Patricia Pisters will take us on an audio-visual ‘tour of duty’ across contemporary war cinema, demonstrating how ‘war’ and ‘cinema’ have a long and entangled history.  Military equipment nowadays includes cameras and other media devices, the battlefield has exploded on multiple screens, refracting many points of view, forming traumatic kernels in our screen culture. In his book War and Cinema, Paul Virilio has shown how military technologies of enhancing perception and logistics of warfare have developed in pair with cinema and entertainment media. Ranging from colour film during the Second World War to video games and drone operations in more recent times, there is a tight link between war and media technologies. In her lecture, Patricia Pisters will sketch an overview of the most recent developments in the tight bonds between war and media. She will discuss different media strategies to ‘cover’ the war,... >

Patricia Pisters & Amir Vudka about mental health in the digital age

Thursday 18 April 2019, 5-6,30 pm

Media as “Pharmakon”. Mental health in the digital age In cooperation with the Amsterdam Research Institute of the Arts and Sciences Are digital media like narcotic drugs? Such comparisons have become increasingly common in the rampant discussion on smartphone and technology addiction. In his book ‘Plato’s Pharmacy’ (1968) philosopher Jacques Derrida discusses the ambiguity of the “pharmakon”, designating both poison and medicine, depending on context and individual differences. Can our contemporary media be seen as pharmaka for our mental health? For the 5th session of the “SAY AAHH!” series Amir Vudka, Patricia Pisters and Marlies Brouwer will discuss their ongoing work on this topic. In the field of psychiatry, articles appear about smartphone technology in obsessive compulsive behavior (OCD) and depression; burn-out and other mental health problems in youth are increasingly related to digital media culture. At the same time media in themselves are never just the only cause. Furthermore... >

Stefania Milan presents book launch ‘Communities at Crossroads’ by Annalisa Pelizza

Monday 15 April 2019, 5-6,30 pm

Communities at Crossroads in Cyberculture In cooperation with the Institute of Network Cultures How should we understand and discuss online culture and communities in the 21st century? To answer this question, Annalisa Pelizza looks back at the mid-2000s in her new book ‘Communities at Crossroads’. In this event Pelizza will discuss her findings together with Stefania Milan and the audience. The mid-2000s were a turning point for digital communitarian cultures, with the burst of the creative-entrepreneur alliance, the territorialization of the internet and the commercialization of interpersonal ties. Up until then, ideas for online sociability had been underpinned by the utopian perspectives of a techno-libertarian culture. However, these ideas began to face systematic counter evidence in the mid-2000s, causing a change of paradigm that has consequences to this very day. Annalisa Pelizza investigates the theories of actions supporting the techno-social digital assemblages that developed after the ‘golden age’ of online communities.... >

Dr. Catherine Lord in nominated short research film ‘Now Circa’

By professor Redell Olsen

Now Circa (1918) is shortlisted for the Research in Film Award of the AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council). ‘Now Circa’ is a film essay that quotes original archival research undertaken at John Rylands Suffrage Collection, Manchester and The Women’s Library, LSE. It embodies historical detail and texture relating to the material culture of the suffragettes: such as the handwritten inventory of costs for a march. The film marks the one hundred year anniversary of female suffrage in the UK. The judges remarked that this was ‘an interesting, excellent and imaginative use of the medium of film to explore issues of feminism and explain the history of women’s suffrage.’ Read more here. >

Sal Hagen, UvA-alumnus of Media Studies, wins internet thesis prize 2018

Hagen won with his thesis: 'Here I Am, Praying to an Egyptian Frog. Exploring Political Fluidity on 4chan/pol/'

On the 1st of November 2018, Hagen won the internet thesis prize 2018. Hagen wrote this thesis as part of the research master of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Read more here (in Dutch).     >

The Making of the Humanities VII

15-17 November 2018

The major conference on the history of the humanities will take place in Amsterdam, 15-17 November 2018, “The Making of the Humanities VII”, with three keynote speakers and 140+ contributions including sessions on: History of Television Studies Circulation of Humanistic Knowledge Humanities’ Grand Visions Digital History of Humanities and much more. See http://www.historyofhumanities.org/.   >

‘The Making of the Humanities’ conference returns to Amsterdam!

15-17 November 2018

This is the place where the conference series started in 2008, 10 years ago. The University of Amsterdam will host the 7th Making of the Humanities conference at its CREA facilities, from 15 till 17 November 2018. The MoH conferences are organized by the Society for the History of the Humanities and bring together scholars and historians interested in the history of a wide variety of disciplines, including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, media studies, musicology, and philology, tracing these fields from their earliest developments to the modern day. Deadline for abstracts: 1 June 2018. Read more >