“Talk of Europe” creative camps and call for papers

creativecamp-1024x680The Talk of Europe – Travelling CLARIN Campus project aims to instigate pan-European collaboration by organising three international creative camps in 2014 and 2015. The creative camp intends to bring together developers and academic researchers, with the goal of making inventive use of the European Parliament’s dataset, exploiting web and natural language processing techniques to add new knowledge and functionality to the dataset. The first camp will be held 6-10 October at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum, the Netherlands.

The event will comprise five consecutive days, which will include 1) presentations by humanities scholars and political scientists on how they use political datasets, 2) presentations by computer scientists showing best practices from other projects and 3) practical sessions for tool development.

In order to participate, the TOE organisers welcome proposals describing ambitions for research tools and/or links with other datasets. Submissions should describe the following:

General description of idea (should not exceed 1000 words) including:

  • The research tool to be developed.
  • The datasets to be used.
  • The scholarly research problem or question to be addressed. For inspiration, please see www.talkofeurope.eu/cfp/inspiration.
  1. Contact info and a short description of research interests for all participants who would like to attend.
  2. A work plan to indicate feasibility of proof-of-concept creation in 5 days.
  3. A description of how the tool will be made available after the creative camp.

To submit a proposal, please send a docx or pdf file to kemman@eshcc.eur.nlbefore 20 June 2014. Accepted proposals will be made available on the talkofeurope.eu website.

The project is conducted within the framework of CLARIN (Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure), which aims to equip scholars in the humanities and social sciences with easy and sustainable access to digital language data through advanced tools.

International Journal of Digital Television issue 5.1 now available

The issue 5.1 of the peer review International Journal of Digital Television is now out and you can access it here . The journal aims to describe and explain the transition to digital TV and address the social and cultural questions surrounding the future of television beyond switchover. Content is broad and varied, ranging from a mixture of critical work on technological, industry and regulatory convergence, to the emerging wider socio-cultural and political questions such as audience behaviour, plurality of TV channels and television influence.

journalIn the current issue you can read articles from Toby Miller, Terry Flew, S. Papathanassopoulos, conference reports by I. Katsirea and Darcy Gerbarg, three book reviews, a special theme on ‘Private TV in Europe’ guest edited by Karen Donders and Caroline Pauwels with contributions from Maria Michalis, Tom Evens, Nele Simons and others.

You are all welcome to send ideas for full articles (6-6,500 words), short commentaries (1,500-2,000 words) and conference reports to be considered in the journal to Professor Petros Iosifidis (Department of Sociology, City University London), P.Iosifidis@city.ac.uk. The deadline for submitting them for issue 5.2 is end-June 2014 and for issue 5.3 mid-October 2014.

Potential issues to be addressed in future include, among others: the extent to which new media developments and changing media consumption require changes in regulatory philosophy and business practice; the extent to which globalisation, privatisation and deregulation alter the creative freedom and public accountability of media enterprises; whether digital TV actually increases choice and diversity or just offers more of the same and/or recycled programmes; concentration of media ownership and its effect on pluralism and diversity; national debates about the role of public service broadcasting in the digital epoch; comparative analyses of global TV formats; television for children; sports programming and televised sports rights.

EUscreenXL Conference 2014 Rome – CALL FOR PAPERS AND WORKSHOPS

EUscreenXL Rome

EUscreenXL Conference 2014 Rome

CALL FOR PAPERS AND WORKSHOPS

From Audience to User: New Ways of Engaging with Audiovisual Heritage Online

EUscreenXL welcomes You to the EUscreenXL Conference 2014 on October 30-31 in Casa del Cinema in Villa Borghese, Rome (Italy)!

Attracting audiences and engaging users with content has become a key issue for archivists, broadcasters, educators and anyone publishing content online. With growing amounts of digitised content online, heritage projects and collection holders are increasingly aware of the need to engage with their users. Knowing how and why users interact (or don’t) with the resources and their presentation online helps inform what strategies are most insightful for the development of sustainable communities of users to participate in archival projects, enrich collections and disseminate their content. A user-oriented approach is crucial for both promotion and dissemination of online content as well as for developing sustainable future for projects and institutions in the heritage sector.

With the upcoming conference “From Audience to User: New Ways of Engaging with Audiovisual Heritage Online” the EUscreen network wants to address the current challenges for online cultural heritage initiatives and discuss these with archivists, scholars of cultural – and particularly audiovisual – heritage, web designers, data specialists and policy makers.

We invite proposals for papers and workshops that address – among others – the following questions and issues:

  • How to read statistics of usage to better understand what users do, want and engage with?

  • How to increase usage and and encourage engagement of the users – focus on the user experience (UX)?

  • How to build and engage sustainable communities with online content?

  • How to extract quantitative and qualitative data in order to be more responsive to the needs of the audience/users and those of the professionals?

  • Which marketing strategies, business-oriented approaches can be identified as useful for the future development of audiovisual heritage platforms?

Please submit a paper abstract of 250 words including short abstracts and titles of each prospective paper to events@euscreen.eu. Include name, affiliation, address, and e-mail address of each author/participant.  

All proposals will be evaluated by the Conference Board.

Timeline:

Deadline for applications and abstracts: 21st May 2014

Notification of abstracts acceptance: 9th June 2014

If you have any questions about submissions, please contact Kamila Lewandowska, EUscreenXL communication specialist (kamila.lewandowska@nina.gov.pl).

CALL FOR PAPERS: Sound and (Moving) Images in Focus

 

Call for Papers: Sound and (moving) images in focus
How to integrate audiovisual material in Digital Humanities research?
Workshop at DH2014, 8 July 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland

 

digital humanitiesIntroduction

The issue that will be addressed during this workshop is how to overcome the contrast between audiovisual material being a steadily increasing body of data and the fact that it is relatively poorly represented in the field of the Digital Humanities. When considering the available DH tools, projects and publications it is clear that sources such as television, film, photos and oral history recordings have not yet received the same level of attention from scholars as written sources. This can be considered as problematic in the light of the expected exponential growth in volume of audiovisual sources and of the abundance of information for researches contained in this type of data that is largely overlooked. One can envision how a single document could satisfy the needs of various disciplines if tools would be available to identify, retrieve and analyse the various dimensions of a video-recording such as language, emotions, speech acts, narrative plots and references to people, places and events. This richness not only holds the promise of multidisciplinary collaboration between e.g., computer sciences, social sciences and the humanities, but also makes audiovisual material a potentially valuable playground for the Digital Humanities.

Workshop Programme

The workshop aims to bring scholars and computer scientists together to discuss the following key questions in four subsequent sessions.

1.  Why are audiovisual data/archives scarcely used within the (Digital) Humanities?
2.  What are possible strategies to stimulate the use of audiovisual data/archives within the  Digital Humanities?
3.  Which examples of digital tools applied on audiovisual data/archives can serve as best practices?
4. What should be the priorities on the  agenda for the future uptake of audiovisual data/archives in the Digital Humanities?

The keynotes within the first two sessions will be delivered by Andreas Fickers, professor of contemporary and digital history at the University of Luxembourg, and Dr. Arjan van Hessen, specialist in speech technology and member of the Executive Board of CLARIN-NL. The first will talk about the use of audiovisual sources within humanities research, and the second will discuss the necessary technical and infrastructural provisions for the analysis of these sources. For the third session scholars are invited to submit papers and demos that illustrate the potential of applying DH approaches to audiovisual data with a focus on lessons learned. The final session is dedicated to the assessment and evaluation of the findings and aims at formulating a research agenda for the future. To disseminate the results of the workshop among a broader audience, the initiators intend to propose a special issue on this topic to a Digital Humanities journal.

Submission of Proposals

For the third session on applications of DH on audiovisual data, the workshop organisers invite papers and demos that deal with experienced challenges of integrating AV in DH.

Submissions should include the following:

  • General abstract (should not exceed 800 words)
  • Contact info and a short description of research interests of the authors.
  • The committee aims to select a balanced set of abstracts that cover the various media (film, television, photography, oral history, digital storytelling, recordings of sound and movement) and tools that are needed at the various stages of the research process (exploration, annotation, analysis, presentation, curation and preservation)

To submit a proposal, please send an abstract  (docx or pdf)  toavindhworkshop@gmail.com

Accepted abstracts will be published on the Erasmus Studio website.

 Important dates

  • Abstract submissions due: 16 May 2014 23:59 (CET)
  • Acceptance notification: 28 May
  • Workshop: 8 July 2014

Further information

Organizers

This workshop is initiated in the context of  the collaboration between  the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and the Erasmus Studio, an interfacultary  institute  at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, that promotes and initiates e-research across disciplinary boundaries, with an emphasis on multimedia archives.

  • Dr. Stef Scagliola (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus Studio)
  • Dr. Martijn Kleppe (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus Studio)
  • Max Kemman MSc (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus Studio)
  • Dr. Roeland Ordelman (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, University of Twente)
  • Prof. Franciska de Jong (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus Studio, University of Twente)

 

Call for Papers on Convergent Television(s)

CfP: VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture Vol. 3, Issue 6

Convergent Television(s): Political Ideas, Industrial Strategies, Textual Features and Audience Practices.

Since the 1980s, media convergence has become a buzzword for media studies, a crucial site for academic debate and research and especially a major topic of interest for politics, media industries, technics, and audiences. The complex process of media convergence combines technical issues linked to digitization, political ideas of deregulation, corporate strategies of merging, and grassroots’ cultural practices.

TV studies have been discussing the topic of media convergence from many different angles and perspectives: political, institutional, technological, industrial, textual, and cultural issues of convergence have been put to the forefront. The theme of the Fall 2014 issue of VIEW seeks to shine a light on past and on-going processes of convergent television in different national and historical contexts. We welcome contributions that face the topic of convergence from different disciplinary and historical points of view.

Proposals are invited on (but not limited to):

  • Archaeology of TV Convergence: convergence before digitization;
  • Historical cases of successful and/or failed convergence in broadcasting;
  • National or international policies (especially at European level) that are specifically addressed to favour TV and broadcasting convergence;
  • Strategies of convergence (and effects of divergence): how different national broadcasters are confronting the challenges of media convergence and digitization in an innovative (or regressive) way;
  • Historical case studies in terms of convergent business strategies: how TV companies combined with other media or even other than media companies;
  • Players of TV convergence: national or multinational production companies committed to original content production;
  • Technical devices and affordances: how technology has affected the way of producing, distributing and use TV content in a more and more convergent manner;
  • The textual features of Convergent TV: how media convergence affects traditional TV genres, styles and aesthetics
  • Convergent TV formats, transmedia narratives and forms of branded content entertainment;
  • Changing audience habits and practices.

Contributions are encouraged from authors with different expertise and interests in television history, media studies, television studies, media history, political economy of communication, media economics and media industries, audience studies, television professionals and archivists.

Paper proposals (max. 500 words) are due on April 15th. Submissions should be sent to the managing editor of the journal, Dana Mustata (journal@euscreen.eu). Articles (2-4,000 words) will be due on July 1st.

For further information or questions about the issue, please contact the co-editors: Gabriele Balbi (gabriele.balbi@usi.ch) and Massimo Scaglioni (massimo.scaglioni@unicatt.it).

About VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture

VIEW Journal logoVIEW, Journal of European Television History and Culture (http://viewjournal.eu) is the first peer-reviewed multi-media e-journal in the field of television studies. Offering an international platform for outstanding academic research on television, the journal has an interdisciplinary profile and acts both as a platform for critical reflection on the cultural, social and political role of television in Europe’s past and present as well as a multi-media platform for the circulation and use of digitized audiovisual material.

The journal’s main aim is to function as a showcase for a creative and innovative use of digitized television material in scholarly work, and to inspire a fruitful discussion between audiovisual heritage institutions (especially television archives) and a broader community of television experts and amateurs. In offering a unique technical infrastructure for a multi-media presentation of critical reflections on European television, the journal aims at stimulating innovative narrative forms of online storytelling, making use of the digitized audiovisual collections of television archives around Europe.

 

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 (l.d.panos@reading.ac.uk) by 31 March 2014.

Further details of the project can be found at:
http://www.reading.ac.uk/ftt/research/Spacesoftelevision.aspx

Call for Papers: Television Histories in (Post)Socialist Europe

VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture Vol. 3, Issue 05.

Deadline for abstracts: February 1st, 2014.
Deadline for full papers: 15 March, 2014.

While recent comparative and transnational approaches in the field of European television history have demonstrated the need for (post)socialist television histories in Europe, there is currently limited scholarship dedicated to this geopolitical area of television in Europe. This area of study has mostly been relegated to the margins of other disciplines and remained isolated by national languages inaccessible to non-native scholars.

VIEW Journal logoThe forthcoming issue of VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture is dedicated to the theme Television Histories in (Post)Socialist Europe. It aims to open up discussions of (post)socialist television in Europe beyond political histories of the nation-state, discourses of Cold War isolation and East-West antagonism. The very broad questions that motivate these aims are:

  • Which empirical case studies help us understand (post)socialist television histories beyond stories of political control?
  • Which primary sources allow us access to television histories that fall outside the mainstream histories of the socialist state?
  • What methods do we need in order to decentralize the state in the production of (post)socialist television histories and analyze television histories that have resisted, subverted or negotiated the politics of communist regimes?
  • How can we theorize (post)socialist television as an object of study that revisits the East versus West dichotomies that have been at the centre of television history in Europe
  • How do (post)socialist television histories help us revisit the Cold War geography of Europe?
  • How can we understand the shifting place of (post)socialist television within broader societal processes of communication?

VIEW welcomes contributions in the form of short articles (2000-4500 words), video and audio essays that take these broad questions on board and deal specifically with topics such as:

  • empirical case studies that help us understand (post)socialist television histories beyond stories of political control;
  • video and audio essays exploring television archival collections in Eastern Europe;
  • video and audio essays presenting primary sources (e.g. oral interviews, audio-visual and written material) of television in former socialist countries;
  • transnational cultures of (post)socialist television in Europe, namely: shared cultures of television production and professions, shared techno-political cultures of television and shared viewing cultures;
  • memories of socialist television and nostalgia;
  • popular television programmes during and since socialism.

This issue is guest edited by the European (Post)Socialist Television History Network in collaboration with the following guest editorial team:

  • Kirsten Bönker (Bielefeld University, DE)
  • Sven Grampp (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, DE)
  • Ferenc Hammer (ELTE University, HU)
  • Anikó Imre (University of Southern California, USA)
  • Lars Lundgren (Södertörn Univerity, SE)
  • Sabina Mihelj (Loughborough University, UK)
  • Dana Mustata (University of Groningen, NL)
  • Julia Obertreis (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, DE)
  • Irena Reifová (Charles University, CZ)

Submission info

  • Contributions are encouraged from authors with different kinds of expertise and interests in television broadcasting, from researchers to television professionals, to archivists and preservationists.
  • Contributions can be in the form of conventional articles, illustrated commentaries or photo-essays.
  • Paper proposals (max. 500 words) are due on February 1st, 2014. Submissions should be sent to the managing editor of the journal, Dana Mustata.

VIEW is published by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in collaboration with Utrecht University, University of Luxembourg and Royal Holloway University of London. It is supported by the EUscreenXL project, the European Television History Network and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

World Library and Information Congress CALL FOR PAPERS

The Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS) and the Information Technology Section (IT’S) invite proposals for papers to be presented at the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Lyon, France August 16-22 August 2014.

 

TOPICS for this session can focus on any of the following aspects:

  •   User-centered, user-driven design, or usability incorporating multimedia
  •   Effective integration of multimedia applications in Massive Open Online Courses.
  •   Information management needs of scholars, or needs of patrons (by class or type)
  •   Media skills literacy for librarians and/or users
  •   Interface design factors
  •   Comparative aspects of design between mobile VS web apps
  •   Mobile access and computing factors
  •   Technological factors related to warehousing and access

Submission guidelines

The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract in English (500 words) and full author details is 31 January 2014.  Each abstract will be reviewed by members of the Audiovisual and Multimedia and the Information Technology Standing Committees.  Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and presenters will be notified whether they have been successful by 3 March 2014.  Abbreviated abstracts or late submissions will not be considered.

The full paper is due on 28 April 2014 and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere.  Papers should be of 20 pages maximum, double spaced.  Papers should be in an official IFLA language with an abstract.  All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2014 should be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) licence; authors of submitted papers have to sign IFLA’s Author Form which formalizes this.

Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by email. Fax or post should be used only as a last resort.  The author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note with the paper. Also, a digital photograph would be useful.

Approximately 20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper at the Congress; the full written paper is not to be read. The presentation shall be made in an official IFLA language and the presenter doesn’t need to be the author.

*Please note that the expenses of attending the Lyon conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

Submissions

Please send your abstract by 31 January 2014 to all:

Michael J. Miller
Chair, Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS)
Email: michael.miller@bcc.cuny.edu

Alicia García Medina
Secretary, Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS)
Email: alicia.garcia@bne.es

Edmund Balnaves
Chair, Information Technology Section (ITS)
Email: ejb@prosentient.com.au

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