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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’, https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/apr/25/facebooks-data-changes-will-hamper-research-and-oversight-academics-warn. The public statement is published on medium, https://medium.com/@Snurb/facebook-research-data-18662cf2cacb.   >

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. >

EYE International Conference Activating the Archive 26-29 May

Early Bird-tickets: until April 2!

How can audio-visual collections be mobilized for the common good? How can preservationists, curators and programmers be trained to achieve this goal? In May 2018, the EYE International Conference will explore answers to these and other questions, in a programme entitled Activating the Archive. Audio-Visual Collections and Civic Engagement, Political Dissent and Societal Change. Programme and tickets The annual EYE International Conference explores contemporary archival and academic debates, catering to film heritage professionals, scholars, archivists, curators and restorers. This year, more than fifty speakers from around the globe will represent this diverse community of professionals. The program will consist of such panels as ‘Images of Dissent and Countercultural Collections’, ‘Resistant Archives and Archival Activism’, and ‘Absences and Diversity in Archival Collections and the Profession’, as well as roundtable discussions on ‘Pedagogy Against the Grain’ and ‘Activating Audio Collections’. Each conference day will begin with a compilation of short films from... >

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... >

‘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 >

€ 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 2018

Hosted by the University of Amsterdam and the Free University of Amsterdam Deadline for submissions: 31st of January 2018 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 discourses. The NECS 2018 conference will explore the various – both intended and/or subversive − ways in which media are currently developed, deployed and distorted. Read more >

Symposium CREATE: European Performing Arts Dataverse (Epad)

Filmtheater De Uitkijk, 9 november

Studying Performing Arts Across Borders: Towards a European Performing Arts Dataverse (EPAD), In Filmtheater De Uitkijk, 9 november, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. EPAD is a network of scholars investigating the history of European performing arts (theatre, music, cinema) using digital methods and datasets. The aim of international cooperation is driven by two interconnected aims: (1) a technical-infrastructural purpose, facilitating (2) the comparative-historical objective. The purpose of the consortium is to share expertise, facilities and netaworks that will lay the foundations for creating an infrastructure that brings together existing digital data collections in Europe on the history of performing arts (cinema, theatre, music) and that allows for the joint exploration of these datasets in historical research. We aim to build upon the CLARIAH infrastructure and tools for harmonizing and querying socio-economic datasets based on a linked data approach (CLARIAH Structured Data Hub). The work involves developing ontologies, shared data models... >

Stedelijk Museum, Worlding the Brain

with Patricia Pisters 3 November, 18:45 - 21:30

Stedelijk Statements: Patricia Pisters – Worlding the Brain is the fourth edition of Stedelijk Statements, a program series in which a scholar, artist, critic, or cultural entrepreneur composes an evening at the museum. The organizer of the program is given the floor to share his or her views on visual art and design. New research and both artistic and academic projects will be presented during an evening program consisting of lectures, debates, performances, and film screenings. In this edition, Professor of Film Patricia Pisters (Media Studies, University of Amsterdam) shows how art translates subjective experiences that take place in our brain. Read more >

Patricia Pisters en Maarten de Rijke

op 8 juni geïnstalleerd als lid van de KNAW

Hoogleraren Patricia Pisters en Maarten de Rijke zijn twee van de 26 nieuwe leden van de Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW). Ze zijn op 8 juni geïnstalleerd. Hoogleraar filmwetenschappen en mediastudies Patricia Pisters is op dit moment directeur van de Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis en doet vooral onderzoek naar de hedendaagse film- en beeldcultuur. Maarten de Rijke is moment hoogleraar informatieverwerking en internet aan de UvA. Hij houdt zich vooral bezig met de wetenschap achter zoekmachines, onder meer met de vraag hoe zoekmachines zelf kunnen leren van het gedrag van hun gebruikers om zoekresultaten te verbeteren. More >