CfP: FIAT/IFTA Television Studies Seminar – Deadline 25 May

The International Television Studies Seminar, hosted by the British Film Institute at its South Bank premises London on September 28th 2012, will present academic papers based on research conducted in FIAT/IFTA member archives and illustrated by extracts provided by those archives.


Paper proposals should include a brief abstract and details of arrangements made with the television archive where the research will be conducted.  Participating FIAT/IFTA member archives will provide research facilities and extracts on DVD free of charge.  The archives represented in the Television Studies Commission are all participating.  These are:

  • BFI (British Film Institute) National Archive, London, UK
  • INA (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel), Paris, France
  • Beeld en Geluid, Hilversum, Netherlands
  • Library of Congress, Culpeper, Va, USA
  • RTÉ (Radio Telefís Éireann), Dublin, Eire

Other FIAT/IFTA member archives may participate upon request.

Contact persons for proposals

Initial enquiries should be made to the appropriate member of the Television Studies Commission and completed proposals sent to the same person by May 25th 2012.  These are:

  • For participants from the UK : Steve Bryant, BFI (
  • For participants from France and other French-speaking countries: Claude Mussou, INA (
  • For Dutch/Flemish speakers: Bert Hogenkamp, Beeld en Geluid (
  • For US participants: Mike Mashon, Library of Congress (
  • For Central and Eastern European participants and members of the European History Television Network: Dana Mustata, University of Groningen (
  • For Irish participants: Liam Wylie, RTE (

All other potential participants should send their proposals to Steve Bryant, who will attempt to connect them with the appropriate FIAT/IFTA member archive.

Proposal administration

Participants will be confirmed in early June.  The Seminar language will be English.

Proposals can cover any aspect of television history or practice, though the following topics are suggested:

  • In the context of the London Olympic Games our main theme will be Sport on Television, including how sport drives the development of television technology
  • Media events, including news: the role of technology and viewing platforms and the aspect of collective memory

Registration details for the Seminar will be advised in due course at


MEDEA Workshop: EUscreen as an Educational Resource

— Update, May 21st: video recordings of the sessions are now online available

Promoting the use of EUscreen resources for education at MEDEA Workshop in Torino

On April 20 and 21st, the Istituto Amedeo Avogadro (IIS), a large technical school in Torino is home to a workshop on the use and re-use of video materials for learning. This workshop is aimed at teachers in primary and secondary education that want to adopt media and more specifically video and audio in their classroom activities.

The workshop is organised by partners in the MEDEA2020 project, a project that supports the MEDEA Awards – the annual competition that recognises and rewards the best use of media to support teaching and learning.

Marco Rendina from LUCE is part of the workshop team, leading a session on unlocking European media archives and highlighting the work of EUscreen.

Mathy Vanbuel, one of the originators of the MEDEA Awards and project partner in both EUscreen and MEDEA2020, is leading a session on working with the EUscreen platform and other platforms to mash up, edit and create your own materials.


Marco Rendina at the MEDEA Workshop

VRT in focus on Critical Studies in Television

The ‘Featured Archive’ series on Critical Studies in Television focuses each month on a different EUscreen content provider. Its latest installment turns the spotlights on the Belgian-Flemish broadcaster VRT.

Elke Poppe, graduate of history and archival science and archivist of the television section at the Audio-visual Archive of the Flemish Public Broadcasting Organization (VRT) provides a fascinating insight into their material and to the history of the broadcaster.

Check out the article on CST online  and discover the tragedy which prompted a reappraisal of VRT’s archiving policy, view the important material on Rwanda and the Congo and see Dali visiting Brussels in 1962.

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