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War and the Screen Machine: Film Lecture by Patricia Pisters

Donderdag 9 mei 2019, 19:15 uur

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

Donderdag 18 april 2019, 17:00-18:30

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, 17:00-18:30

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 Media Studies, wint internetscriptieprijs 2018

Met zijn scriptie 'Here I Am, Praying to an Egyptian Frog. Exploring Political Fluidity on 4chan/pol/'

Op 1 november won Hagen met zijn scriptie de internetscriptieprijs 2018. Hij schreef deze scriptie als onderdeel van zijn onderzoeksmaster Media Studies aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. De internetscriptieprijs is een wetenschappelijke prijs voor de beste afstudeerscripties over een internet-gerelateerd onderwerp en wordt uitgereikt in vier verschillende disciplines. Sal won de prijs in de categorie internet & maatschappij- of geesteswetenschappen. Uit de 25 ingezonden scripties selecteerde de jury vijf scripties voor de shortlist. Deze scripties werden beoordeeld op onder andere de algehele wetenschappelijke kwaliteit en de innovativiteit van het onderwerp en de onderzoeksmethode. De jury bekroonde de scriptie van Sal met de eerste prijs. Daarnaast won Sal de publieksprijs voor zijn presentatie tijdens de uitreiking. Lees hier meer.   >

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 >

€ 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... >

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

met 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 >