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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/.   >

Call for papers: SEMIA Symposium 25-26 February 2019 –

submission before 23 November 2018

Date: 25-26 February, 2019 Location: Doelenzaal, University Library, University of Amsterdam, Singel 425, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Registration: Entrance is free but seats are limited, so please register by emailing c.g.olesen@uva.nl . The international two-day symposium Sensory Moving Image Archives: Visualization, Exploration and Reuse of Moving Image Data comes out of the research project The Sensory Moving Image Archive: Boosting Creative Reuse for Artistic Practice and Research ( SEMIA, 2017-2019 ) . Working with diverse archival material from Eye Filmmuseum and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, SEMIA develops alternative ways of exploring moving image archives by analyzing data concerning visual features – such as colour, movement and shape. To achieve this, SEMIA has trained deep-learning networks for extracting sensory data from moving images and developed an interface for exploring the results. The project’s outcomes will support alternative ways of accessing collections and facilitate new forms of reuse based on... >

Alumni master Film Studies winnen NFF Talent Award

Het regisseursduo Malou Wagenmaker en Bo van der Meer, beiden alumni van de master Film Studies, hebben op het Nederlands Film Festival de Filmprijs van de Stad Utrecht gewonnen voor hun debuutfilm Cheek to Cheek. De prijs bestaat uit een beeld en een geldbedrag van € 5.000. Cheek to Cheek is een intieme documentaire over de kwetsbaarheid én de kracht van het ouder worden. Lees verder Een andere oudstudent van de specialisatie, Stijn Bouma, staat met twee films in het filmfestival: Regained Memory en Visite (voor op tv, in de serie Kort! Van de NTR). Met zijn eerdere film Lejla was hij vorig jaar in Cannes geselecteerd.   >

Stefania Milan awarded ERC Proof of Concept Grant

for her research on deciphering social media algorithms

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a Proof of Concept Grant to Stefania Milan, associate professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the UvA. Milan will receive €150,000 for her research on deciphering social media algorithms. Personalisation algorithms, which filter content on the basis of someone’s profile, increasingly mediate the web experience of users. By forging a specific reality for each individual, they determine which news, opinions and rumours users are exposed to. But these algorithms are kept a closely guarded secret by social media platform companies such as Facebook. The few experiments auditing these algorithms rely on data provided by platform companies themselves, are highly technical and fail to put social media users in the driver seat. Read more >

Collecting and Conserving Net Art. Moving Beyond Conventional Methods

by Annet Dekker

In Collecting and Conserving Net Art. Moving Beyond Conventional Methods published by Routledge, Annet Dekker analyses and proposes new views on the conservation of net art, and (re)consider traditional concepts such as authenticity, performativity and networks, while questioning what is a document? As the publisher mentions: Collecting and Conserving Net Art explores the qualities and characteristics of net art and its influence on conservation practices. By addressing and answering some of the challenges facing net art and providing an exploration of its intersection with conservation, the book casts a new light on net art, conservation, curating and museum studies.Viewing net art as a process rather than as a fixed object, the book considers how this is influenced by and executed through other systems and users. Arguing that these processes and networks are imbued with ambiguity, the book suggests that this is strategically used to create suspense, obfuscate existing systems and... >

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 >

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 >

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   >