Registration now open for the FIAT/IFTA Television Studies Seminar on Documentary


FIAT/IFTA, the International Federation of Television Archives, organizes a two-day international seminar on television documentary. The seminar is organized by the FIAT/IFTA Television Studies Commission whose aim it is to promote academic research of the holdings of television archives that are a member of the federation. The seminar will take place at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum on 13 and 14 March 2014.

Former and current practitioners, representing different generations and countries, will discuss their work in a witness seminar and extracts from their work will be screened.

The seminar costs € 25-, for one day and € 35-, for both days. Because of the limited seats, we ask you to register as soon as possible. Register at:

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The Future of Obsolescence: Orphan Film Symposium for the first time in Europe


From March 30 to April 2nd, 2014 the international Orphan Film Symposium takes place at the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam. The ninth edition of this biennial event is organised by NYU Cinema Studies and the University of Amsterdam, and is being held in Europe for the first time. The symposium offers a variety of  screenings and presentations and begins  with a celebratory film concert; the world premiere of the recent preservation of East is West (USA, 1922).

The symposium is a gathering of archivists, curators, scholars, technology experts, librarians, collectors, distributors, preservationists, artists, and advocates devoted to screening and studying orphan films: All manner of films outside the commercial mainstream: amateur, educational, ethnographic, industrial, government, experimental, censored, independent, sponsored, obsolescent, small-gauge, silent, student, medical, unreleased, and underground films, as well as kinescopes, home movies, test reels, newsreels, outtakes, fringe TV, and other ephemeral moving images. Rediscovered and recently preserved films, videos, and digital works from around the world will be projected, each presented with context provided by expert speakers and creative accompanists.

The theme of Orphans 9 is obsolescence, broadly conceived. More than 50 presenters will address the histories and futures of film and other moving image media. The symposium considers not only technological obsolescence, but also the ways audiovisual media have recorded and deployed ideas, genres, representations, narratives, and ideologies deemed obsolete or outdated. What orphan films document these phenomena? What neglected and orphaned media should we re-view to better understand the world? How should archivists and curators deal with obsolete “new media”? How are citizens transforming remaindered film and video material? How do archives, museums, libraries, and sister institutions participate in remix culture?

Events begin on 30th March, Sunday evening with a celebratory film concert; the world premiere of the recent EYE discovery and preservation of East is West (USA, 1922) starring Constance Talmadge, preceded by the short films by Maarten Visser. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday events run from morning through late evening.

Attendance is open to anyone, but advanced paid registration is required. Seating is limited. Fee of 250$ (125$ for students) gives access to all screenings and presentations; catered meals and breaks, and a registration packet. Please register at

Call for Papers for the Special issue of Critical Studies in Television

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) invites proposals for articles for a special issue of Critical Studies in Television:‘ Spaces of Television: Production, Site and Style’ to be published in Autumn 2015.

Critical studies in televisionThe journal issue emerges from a research project of the same name, investigating television fiction produced in the UK from 1955-94 and analysing how the material spaces of production (in TV studios and on location) conditioned the aesthetic forms of programmes. Papers that specifically address British drama during this period are particularly welcome, however comparative perspectives concerning dramas from other television industries, import/export, transnational exchange, co-productions and spatially-themed studies of earlier or later dramas will be also considered.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Analysis of the dramatic conventions of television genres as demonstrated through the use of space and mise-en-scene.
  • Case studies of television dramatists, actors, directors, producers, designers, or other production staff focusing on mise-en-scene and issues of space.
  • The relationship between television dramatic space and performance, and the social and cultural meanings of performance in different spatial and aesthetic contexts.
  • The spatial significance of particular production techniques and/or special effects in television drama.
  • The social and cultural meanings of the spaces depicted in television drama: e.g. heritage spaces, the urban and the rural, regional, national and foreign spaces, fantasy spaces.
  • The institutional and aesthetic relationships between the spaces of television production (studio, location) and dramas’ social, political and cultural meanings.
  • Histories and historiographies of television drama, particularly relating to production strategies and institutional contexts.

Proposals for articles of 5,000-6,000 words, in the form of an abstract of approximately 400-500 words should be submitted to Dr Leah Panos ( by 31 March 2014.

Further details of the project can be found at:

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