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Surveillance as a public matter

PhD Defense Lonneke van der Velden, Agnietenkapel 8 February

L.C. van der Velden: Surveillance as Public Matter: Revisiting sousveillance through Devices and Leaks. Agnietenkapel, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229, Amsterdam. 8 februari, 10 – 11 uur Lonneke van der Velden investigates concepts of surveillance in the context of digital innovations. As surveillance consists of processes that are technical and often secret, she asks how surveillance is made public, and what kind of translation process this involves. She tackles this question by combining an empirical inquiry into how surveillance is traced and made visible and understandable with a conceptual search for new vocabularies to address surveillance practices and countermeasures. Supervisor Prof. D.A.J.P. Denys Co-supervisor Dr R.A. Rogers >

New Huygens ING/UvA-CREATE project ‘Virtual Interiors’

receives 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... >

Inflexions: A Journal for Research-creation

Publication Toni Pape, Halbe Kuipers

We are happy to announce the recent publication of the latest issue of Inflexions: A Journal for Research-creation, co-edited among others by our colleague Toni Pape and ASCA Ph.D. candidate Halbe Kuipers. This issue is entitled “Modes of Exhaustion” and explores the wide-spread problem of exhaustion from various angles. Contributors include Barbara Glowczewski, Peter Pál Pelbart, Alanna Thain, Marwin Vos, Sissel Marie Tonn, Nicole de Brabandere, Adam Szymanski and others. From the introduction: “This issue of Inflexions is committed to investigating what minor ways of creatively working with exhaustion might be possible or impossible today while taking into account that the range of possibility is tied to the conditioning of the field that makes these options felt as real. How can one create vacuoles in the strangling networks of social relations and obligations; and what kinds of spatio-temporal compositions might constitute these vacuoles? With this question we, the editors and authors, want to approach... >

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.... >

EYE Conference 26-30 May 2018

Special “P&P at 15” Edition. Call for papers 15 December

Activating the Archive Audio-Visual Collections and Civic Engagement, Political Dissent and Societal Change Hosted by EYE Filmmuseum Deadline for submissions: 15 December 2017 The 2017-2018 academic year marks the fifteenth anniversary of the Master’s in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image (P&P), a programme of the University of Amsterdam in collaboration with EYE Filmmuseum, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, the Living Media Arts foundation, and others. EYE teams up with the University of Amsterdam and Sound and Vision in organising a special edition of its annual International Conference, to celebrate this milestone. The conference will serve as a platform for exchange on developments in the fields of audio-visual archiving and presentation. It will consider those developments among others – but not exclusively – from the perspective of those with a connection to the P&P programme. The conference will also be an occasion for P&P alumni to reconnect,... >

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... >

Studenten MA Journalistiek en media winnen innovatie-wedstrijd

voor de vijfde keer op rij, 26 oktober 2017

Twee teams van studenten van de master Journalistiek en media hebben The Challenge gewonnen, de jaarlijkse wedstrijd om het meest innovatieve journalistieke idee. Dat werd op 26 oktober bekend gemaakt tijdens het congres Media van Morgen in Amsterdam. Anna Pleijsier en Eva Kiemeney wonnen de hoofdprijs van € 20.000 met ZZPeer, een platform voor bijscholing van freelance journalisten. Tove Oegema en Erik van Zummeren wonnen de aanmoedigingsprijs van € 5000 met Research Assistant, een tool voor onderzoeksjournalisten. Het is de vijfde keer op rij dat studenten van de master Journalistiek en media The Challenge winnen en zo geld krijgen om een journalistieke start-up te beginnen. Veel van de ideeën van The Challenge-winnaars komen voort uit de Week van Journalistiek Ondernemerschap die de opleiding in het begin van het tweede studiejaar organiseert. Lees verder  >

The dangers of fake news for the Netherlands?

There doesn't seem to be a lot of fake news in the Netherlands

Professor Richard Rogers explains to the NOS that the Netherlands has less fake news than the USA. See: https://nos.nl/artikel/2190381-nepnieuws-groot-gevaar-voor-nederland-dat-lijkt-dus-wel-mee-te-vallen.html   >

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 >